The Ohio Nightclub Where Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell Was Killed in 2004 Has Been Demolished (Video)


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The night of Dec. 8, 2004, was a tragic one for the hard rock/heavy metal community, as it was the night that iconic guitarist Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed by a gunman during a performance with his post-Pantera band, Damageplan. Three other people were also murdered in the shooting before the attacker was killed by police.

News this week circulated that the club, Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, has been demolished as of Tuesday — one day before the actual 17th anniversary of his death, Dec. 8. Here’s some video from the scene post-razing:

The Columbus Dispatch had previously reported that the decision to demolish the club, which was a staple of the music scene in the area for 45 years, is part of a redevelopment plan with affordable housing scheduled to be built in its place.

More on the venue and Dimebag Darrell’s murder, per the Dispatch:

For 45 years, the Alrosa Villa was a destination for local rock and metal fans, hosting acts such as David Byrne, Slipknot, Korn, Quiet Riot, Foghat, Buckcherry, Matthew Sweet, and local favorites like The Godz.

On Dec. 8, 2004, Nathan Gale, of Marysville, entered the club and walked onstage when the band Damageplan was playing and opened fire. Abbott, Damageplan’s guitarist and fomer Pantera guitarist, was killed, along with audience member Nathan Bray, club employee Erin Halk, and Jeff “Mayhem” Thompson, a member of the band’s security entourage. Three others were injured.

Columbus police officer James Niggemeyer shot and killed Gale.

News of the planned demolishing prompted this post from the Alrosa Villa on Facebook, looking back on its time in the community:

I know many of you have probably already seen and heard, the Alrosa Villa has closed its doors for good. In the coming weeks, possibly months, the old venue will be torn down and affordable housing projects will be built in its place. This breaks everyone’s Hearts, including mine.

Many of you dont know this, but this page has been re-created 2 times, this being the most popular of the 3 pages. The page was ran by only 2 people – Justin Tinney aka Devious T and Kris Von who both shared an absolute untouched love for the venue, the past employees, and every concert that ever took place within the walls.

The goal of of the Villa has always been to provide the absolute best live entertainment that Central Ohio has to offer. They happily served Columbus for decades providing you with the absolute best concerts they could find whether it be Rock, Hip Hop, or somewhere in between.

We’ve seen Stars born here, unfortunately we’ve had Stars pass away here, but the one thing that can never be taken away from us is the amazing memories we’ve all created along the way with magical people inside of this magical place.

I don’t personally like how the media always chose to portray the venue when talking about it because they always chose to drag it down with negativity because of the unfortunate passing of Dimebag Darrell… But that shouldn’t be what defines Alrosa as a music venue. They provided so many people with so many amazing opportunities throughout the years and we are happy to say that a lot of the best musicians in the country got their start right here at the venue on that stage.

So whether you came to one of the many local metal shows, Juggalo shows, or national shows, you made the biggest impact that anyone in this state could have done. You allowed the Alrosa Villa to serve the community longer than most businesses get to operate.

I know I will personally forever be grateful for the opportunity that Rick, Diane, and Johnny all gave me back in 2009 when I was just some nobody scrub trying to get his foot in the door. So I guess it is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to this venue myself, and all of the patrons that ever visited it. I appreciate each and everyone of you, and I hope that we can all find a new place to call home for a future musical endeavors. Thank you all so much for the Memories, I love you all, thank you so much.

— Justin Tinney/Devious T

I know many of you have probably already seen and heard, the Alrosa Villa has closed its doors for good. In the coming…

Posted by ALROSA VILLA on Monday, June 21, 2021



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