The Beatdown

Losing Dimebag Darrell was never part of the Damageplan.

Ultimately, whether you were a fan of Dime or not is inconsequential: There's no denying we lost a great last week. All over Mootown, folks were grieving and paying homage in their own ways. Friday night at the Soiled Dove, for instance, as I watched Tyfoid Mary's Jerry Harper order a shot of Jäger at the bar in Dime's honor, I noticed that he had taken a Sharpie and scrawled the guitarist's name across his shins. And at a rave later that same night at Cervantes', DJ Matthew Orloff opened up his set by playing "Cemetery Gates" -- not exactly rave fodder.

As cliched as it sounds, though, it's comforting to know that my man went out doing something he loved. And I can't help but think that wherever Dime is right now, he's cracking up hearing stodgy geriatrics like Dan Rather uttering the word "Dimebag" on the idiot box just as white-picket-fence Americans sit down for dinner.

Upbeats and beatdowns: Another loss I'm lamenting -- while obviously not on par with Dimebag's death -- is the demise of the Gamits, who will play their last show ever this Saturday, December 18, at the Bluebird Theater, with Sterotyperider, Link, Le Boomand Magic Cyclops. And finally, on a much happier note, Red Cloud, which features Westword scribe Jason Heller on guitar, will unveil its self-titled debut that same night at the hi-dive, with White Dynamite, Two Gallants and Out on Bail opening things up.

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