Getchapullwith Dimebag Memorial Bracelet
It's been more than two months since former Pantera/ Damageplan guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott and four others lost their lives in the onstage shooting at Columbus, Ohio, rock club Alrosa Villa. And in that time there have been public vigils, private services and benefit concerts. Now Dime is being given a different kind of tribute.
A trio of West Coast promoters and merch manufacturers have created the Dimebag Memorial Bracelet: an all-black spin on Lance Armstrong's 'Livestrong' number. The synthetic silicon black-rubber band features debossed text bearing one of Abbott's favorite sayings, 'Getcha' Pull,' the meaning of which, according to Jon Nelson (who owns two of the companies involved in the tribute), is about as multifaceted as Abbott himself.
''Getcha' Pull' is a Dime-ism — he had his own way of speaking,' Nelson said. 'It was his way of saying 'Have fun!' 'Getcha' pull off this bottle.' 'Have a drink.' 'Just enjoy life.' I don't think anyone knows the exact meaning.'
Sales of the Memorial Bracelets — available starting February 28 at www.DimeTribute.com — will benefit both the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund, which covers bereavement and medical expenses for three of the victims of the December 8 shooting (see 'Dimebag Darrell, Four Others Killed In Ohio Concert Shooting' ), and VH1's Save the Music Foundation. Slayer's Kerry King and former Pantera manager Kimberly Zide-Davis assisted with the creation of the bracelets, and Abbott's longtime girlfriend, Rita Haney, gave the tribute her blessing.
'I don't think [the bracelets] are an item any one person wants credit for,' Nelson said. 'All the people and companies that are a part of this just want to show our respect. It doesn't matter who came up with the idea, who paid for the idea, who did this or that. The important thing to remember here is to 'Getcha' Pull.' '
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