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If you're a guitarist that's into the heavy stuff, odds are you hold a lot of respect for the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott. His playing was unique and groundbreaking and his tones were legendary. While his sound evolved over the course of PANTERA's career and into his other work with Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel and more, there's no mistaking the signature tones that were present on 1990's Cowboys From Hell. Now, IK Multimedia in collaboration with Dime's longtime friend and guitar tech, Grady Champion, have put together the Dimebag Darrell CFH Collection for AmpliTube. This new collection features precise models of the exact gear used to record Cowboys From Hell, allowing players to match the guitar tones from the album including Dime's personal guitar effects, amplifiers and cabinets - all running inside of AmpliTube. It's available in a convenient desktop app and DAW plug-in, so guitarists can now play and record using the same gear and settings Dime did. Check out the demo video below along with all the models included...

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The spirit of true American metal is coming to Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer. In collaboration with AXE HEAVEN, makers of cool, miniature replica guitars, War Machine Marketing will bring an officially-licensed limited-edition set of PANTERA guitars to SDCC. Based on the titles of PANTERA albums and inspired by Dimebag Darrell's iconic "Dean from Hell," these will be extremely limited with just 30 sets of all 5 guitars available and 36 each of the 3 main guitars available each day.  Due to the extremely limited nature of these guitars, a raffle will be held each day to determine the order of who can purchase them.

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With all the trips I make to Los Angeles, I wish I was out there this weekend, because something fantastic is about to take place...

The Monster Energy Ride for Dime Dimebash 2016 - a benefit honoring “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott - is happening TOMORROW, Friday, January 22nd at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, California. An intimate live concert event, proceeds Dimebash 2016 will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, an organization that funds cancer research, cancer screenings and various cancer programs while supporting families that have loved ones suffering from the disease. As of this writing, tickets are nearly sold-out - but thanks to Rob Evanoff and my extended Rock Father Family in LA, we're planning to get you some coverage right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine! Check out a teaser of who's playing...

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Are you raising a baby Cowboy From Hell? If so, the folks at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star have just released the lullaby album for your little one's nursery. LULLABY VERSIONS OF PANTERA (now on iTunes) features a dozen PANTERA classics, reworked into "lush instrumental versions" perfect for baby... and for parents that love the metal. To celebrate the release, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has authorized an Exclusive Track Premiere right here on The Rock Father. Feast your ears on the lullaby version of one of my favorite PANTERA cuts, "I'm Broken" below!

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pantera logo20 Years Ago, PANTERA redefined metal when Atco Records released COWBOYS FROM HELL, the legendary album that opened the "Cemetery Gates" and introduced a legion of metal fans to the true "Art of Shredding." With their unmistakable brand of Texas groove-metal, PANTERA quickly became of the biggest acts in heavy music.

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