Five years later, Alrosa Villa traged...

Five years later, Alrosa Villa tragedy reverberates | The Colum...

There are 42 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Dec 8, 2009, titled Five years later, Alrosa Villa tragedy reverberates | The Colum.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A rock with the words RIP Dimebag still sits in front of the Alrosa Villa, where guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and three others were killed by a gunman at a Damageplan show on Dec.

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Jaymz

Fort Irwin, CA

#30 Dec 8, 2009
Dime, you touched so many people's lives with your music. Even though most of us never met you, we all knew you through the music you shared with the world. It is because of Pantera that I am the person I am today and I can never thank you enough for what you've given me.

Gethca Pull - James
Really

Columbus, OH

#31 Dec 8, 2009
Randy Kinney wrote:
TODAY IS A SAD DAY FOR THE ROCK WORLD, DIMEBAG DARRELL ABBOT WAS THE GREATAST GUITARIST EVER, AND HE IS VERY, VERY SADLY MISSED, ME AND MY UNCLE HAD TICKETS TO GO TO THE SHOW THAT NIGHT BUT I HAD TO WORK AND WE GAVE THEM AWAY. I STILL FEEL TILL THIS DAY THAT IT WAS A BLESSING THAT I HAD TO WORK CAUSE WE WERE THE TWO THAT ALWAYS WENT TO THE FRONT AND I KNOW THAT WE WOULD HAVE TRIED TO INTERVINE AND WE MAY HAVE BEEN SHOT ALSO, SO YOU NEVER KNOW WHATS WAITING AROUND THE CORNER FOR ANYONE, BUT RICK CAUTELLA IS A GOOD MAN AND HE AND HIS FAMILY STILL HAVE THE BEST, SAFEST VENUE IN COLUMBUS, NO ONE KNEW WHAT WAS GONNA HAPPEN, WHO WOULD'VE EXPECTED IT ? BUT REST IN PEACE DIMEBAG, I TALKED TO A ROADEY THAT WAS AT RIVERSIDE HOSPITAL THE NEXT DAY AND HE SAID DIMEBAG WOULD GIVE YOU THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK, WHY DID THAT COWARD KILL HIM ? AS FOR THE CAUTELLA FAMILY ROCK ON AND KEEP DOIN WHAT YOU DO, AND THANKS FOR 36 YEARS.
You would have been under a table like everyone else.
Observer

New York, NY

#32 Dec 8, 2009
THE KING wrote:
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HOW DARE YOU BEWILDERD? WHY DOES THERE ALWAYS HAVE TO BE THAT ONE A-WHOLE WHO HAS TO **** ON PEOPLES GRAVES??? YOUR SO ANTI SATAN? FUNNY IT LOOKS LIKE THE DEVIL HIMSELF IS HIDING BEHIND YOUR WORDS!! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMEDD CUPCAKE!!!Any similarity between you and a human is purely coincidental!Are you always so stupid or is today a special occasion,Maybe your just brain dead? Are your parents siblings? LEARN FROM THERE MISTAKES THEN AND USE BIRTH CONTROL!Don't get insulted, but is your job devoted to spreading ignorance? i figured as much!!! go get your attention from someplace els clown!! Oh, and Don't thank me for insulting you. It was my pleasure
While I agree with you for the most part, you looked like a complete buffoon typing this like a five year old. Seriously, you're not doing anyone any favors.

Plus, the devil is imaginary.
THE KING

Columbus, OH

#33 Dec 8, 2009
Observer wrote:
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While I agree with you for the most part, you looked like a complete buffoon typing this like a five year old. Seriously, you're not doing anyone any favors.
Plus, the devil is imaginary.
THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION.. NOW HERE IS 35 CENTS, CALL SOMEBODY THAT CARES...
socal long

Napa, CA

#34 Dec 8, 2009
Bewildered wrote:
I was and still am mystified that fans of Apocalyptic and Death themed music grieve and shed tears for what I see as the ultimate Metal show! You people should have erupted in a standing ovation when you got the REAL THING instead of some moron biting off the head of a chicken or aping Satan with guttural screams. BE TRUE TO YOUR GENRE OR REALIZE HOW IDIOTIC METAL MUSIC IS.(Big words may be looked up, this is not a quiz)
I wish I could find you, not to do anything physically to you but to put your info out there so you can debate your ridiculous opinion with intelligent people that were sickened by your heartless post.
Soul Bleed

Reynoldsburg, OH

#35 Dec 8, 2009
I feel NO better about it all than 5 years ago, it seems like yesturday. I never thought the song "walk" would ever bring me to tears, but 5 years ago that's just what happened. I feel for everyone who lost someone they loved that night, there are really no words to make anyone feel any better about any of it. I am so very Thankful that an officer like James Niggemeyer was near to respond. Textbooks couldn't plan a response as well as he executed his. James stepped in and it was all Instinct. I'm still so very impressed at everything he risked walking in to that bar alone. Thank's again James, we can't express it enough!!! And MOST of ALL thank you Rick for not closing the Alrosa Villa. It takes guts to do what's right. I'd like to think that Dime, nor anyone involved, would've wanted the music to get shut down. These were a series of unfortunate events that unfolded in such a disturbing way I'm not sure anyone could have changed the outcome much. We can all learn from all this, that's for sure. I know I have. I will never forget, & I know I'm not alone. The last song recorded for us was Soul Bleed...which is exactly how I feel. RIP ALL!
Debbie

Fredericktown, OH

#36 Dec 8, 2009
While Chris A from Eaton didn't say it himself, I will.

Read his book "A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa". The author's name IS Chris A and he's a reporter/writer from the Dayton area.

My daughter was at the Alrosa that night while I was working a thousand miles away. She was on the patio talking to me on her cell when "The Beast" jumped the fence. Less than 10 minutes later she called to tell me what happened.

While researching this summer for my own article about the tragedy, I found Chris' book. Until I read the book, I never knew the exact timeline of events. More importantly, AVDOP is a wonderful tribute to "Mayhem" Thompson, Erin Halk and Nathan Bray.

The media's insistence on the celebrity and relegating three above as "others" is a disservice.
Old School

United States

#37 Dec 8, 2009
Stop the rumors wrote:
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Eric Moore is an idiot. You are an idiot for believing him. There were no "weapons" inside the venue that could have been used to try and stop what was happening. Do you really think Erin would have grabbed a beer bottle to attack with if there was something more powerful? Dimebag was shot and passed away in a matter of seconds. The actions of others who GAVE THEIR LIVES undoubtedly prevented others from being killed. I was there. I watched it all go down, from start to finish. It pisses me off when I read crap like this because it is 100% untrue.
Lol well now I'll leave that all between yourself and Mr. Moore; that is if you'd care to leave your real name here. Something tells me it would be a very interesting situation to witness.

No one is degrading the actions of those who passed. It's one thing to dislike another artist; by the way I missed the name of your band.

Then I guess you'd have an issue with Eddie Trunk's show. It's all good are my only words for you. Good Luck
An American

Columbus, OH

#38 Dec 8, 2009
Rick Cautela rocks. He is the Rock 'n Roll Reverend, and one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet.
facts

Columbus, OH

#39 Dec 8, 2009
Something gruesome stands out in my recollection of that night. CPD Officer Niggemeyer had double-ott buck in his shotgun. Justice was served -- closed casket funeral for Gale. Also a questuion to those who really know this story: is it true that Gale had stalked the band at the preceding venue? He wanted a piece of them and was roughed up by some bouncers. True or not?
RIP Dimebag

Delaware, OH

#40 Dec 8, 2009
facts wrote:
Something gruesome stands out in my recollection of that night. CPD Officer Niggemeyer had double-ott buck in his shotgun. Justice was served -- closed casket funeral for Gale. Also a questuion to those who really know this story: is it true that Gale had stalked the band at the preceding venue? He wanted a piece of them and was roughed up by some bouncers. True or not?
Yea, he was at the show down in Cincy the night before but couldn't get in, so he went to the Villa instead.

I got to meet Dime after a show at Hara back in the mid 90's on the Southern Trendkill tour. He was just how he always seemed to be in videos and such, very friendly, and acted like he had known you for years instead of only for a few minutes. So sad that this had to happen to one of the friendliest, nicest guys in music.
J_Bone

Kelseyville, CA

#41 Dec 8, 2009
I say the blood of ALL the victims is on the killer's mother's hands. She knowingly, purposely, illegally and foolishly put a weapon in the hands of someone she knew to be mentally ill. Many laws were broken. How she wasn't held accountable mystifies me. Can somebody please make this make sense to me?
Gokiburi

Columbus, OH

#42 Dec 9, 2009
Bewildered wrote:
I was and still am mystified that fans of Apocalyptic and Death themed music grieve and shed tears for what I see as the ultimate Metal show! You people should have erupted in a standing ovation when you got the REAL THING instead of some moron biting off the head of a chicken or aping Satan with guttural screams. BE TRUE TO YOUR GENRE OR REALIZE HOW IDIOTIC METAL MUSIC IS.(Big words may be looked up, this is not a quiz)
You, sir, are an ignorant, insensitive imbecile (alliteration is fun, isn't it?) and have apparently never listened to any metal in your life, since the 'chicken-head-biting' and 'aping Satan' things are just stereotypes used by metal-haters to 'justify' why metal is 'eeeeevil.'

That aside... It's been five years already? Geez... RIP, Dime. I never had the good fortune to meet you personally but everything I've read and heard points to you being a truly fantastic man as well as an amazing guitarist. RIP to those who gave their lives to keep others alive, and thank you to Officer Niggemeyer for stopping the killing spree. It took great courage for you to do that, and you saved many lives.
Debbie

Fredericktown, OH

#43 Dec 9, 2009
facts wrote:
Also a questuion to those who really know this story: is it true that Gale had stalked the band at the preceding venue? He wanted a piece of them and was roughed up by some bouncers. True or not?
The Cincy show at Bogart's was on April 4, 2004. Gale jumped on the stage less than a minuted into Damageplan's opening song. When security went after him, he fought hard. They ejected him and beat him in the parking lot. Bogart's detained Gale and did call 9-1-1 and file an incident report with Cincy Police but didn't press charges nor did Damageplan.
Jeff

Reynoldsburg, OH

#44 Dec 9, 2009
First off, I'm glad everyone here is sticking up for metal music. I've been a metal fan my entire life, and I don't fit any of these "stereotypes." Metal fans are bankers, lawyers, accountants, cooks, factory workers, construction workers, and just about every other job out there.

Second, it's very unfortunate that the media doesn't highlight the lives and bravery of the "other" men that died that night. The metal community hasn't, and, while Dime will go down as a legend, we will never forget and we will always honor those who tried to stop the killing.

I was almost at the show that night, and I'm so happy that I wasn't there. I've only been to the Alrossa twice since, and it's still hard to go in there. I hope that the club stays around for a long time, however. Rick deserves all of the success in the world
Damn Taco Bell

Columbus, OH

#45 Dec 14, 2009
I was at that show. I missed all the action due to a bad case of run to the border.
History or Discovery

Springfield, OH

#46 Aug 20, 2012
Damn Taco Bell wrote:
I was at that show. I missed all the action due to a bad case of run to the border.
Have there been any books, movies, t.v. specials about what happened that night?
MrT

Newark, OH

#47 Aug 20, 2012
Susan wrote:
I am so sorryfor the loss everyone has had to go through. I wish Rick's father could have seen the comeback of the club. what good times we had with Rosie and the Godz... Just to mention a couple. I am also glad you are doing well Rick.I remember the place you guys had at the French Market.Maybe you could get some of the OLD (lol) bands back in there that would be a blast.I am just a good ole Salem Village gal.You never know what a few phone calls could do..God Bless and Thanks for the memories...
Rosie will be at the LC in september !!!!!
ObamaBlows

Columbus, OH

#48 Aug 21, 2012
facts wrote:
Something gruesome stands out in my recollection of that night. CPD Officer Niggemeyer had double-ott buck in his shotgun. Justice was served -- closed casket funeral for Gale. Also a questuion to those who really know this story: is it true that Gale had stalked the band at the preceding venue? He wanted a piece of them and was roughed up by some bouncers. True or not?
Wow!
Oliver

Springfield, OH

#49 Aug 23, 2012
History or Discovery wrote:
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Have there been any books, movies, t.v. specials about what happened that night?
A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa is a book written by rock writer and photographer Chris Armold and released by MJS Music Publications in 2007

It tells the story of events leading to the shocking onstage murders of former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, fan Nathan Bray, Alrosa Villa employee Erin Halk, and security guard Jeffery Thompson, who were all fatally shot by Nathan Gale, while Abbott was performing with his new band Damageplan on December 8, 2004 at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio.

James Niggemeyer, the police officer who killed Darrell's assailant, wrote the foreword.

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