Dierks Bentley joined John Rich and Gretchen Wilson last week in Providence, R.I., for a benefit show that honored the victims of a rock-club fire that killed more than 100 people five years ago. Hosted by Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, the concert featured heavy-metal bands such as Tesla and Winger, plus several classic-rock figures, including Boston founder Tom Scholz.See Also:
Dierks met some survivors who suffered severe burns, and he was moved by their strength and the reminder that life is very fragile.
"John, Gretchen and I were talking about how it could have easily been one of us in a nightclub fire like that," Dierks writes in his online journal. "Not only as a performer, but as a fan, as you can often find us in a bar or club listening to some live music when we aren't on stage. We also talked about how it is quite possible that some of the folks that perished that night might have been to one of our shows, as country and classic rock and rock audiences all kind of cross over these days."
Dierks shot a video last week for his latest single, "Trying To Stop Your Leavin'," which he says "could be our best video yet." The process was anything but glamorous.
"It was the first time I ever jumped in a 30-degree river in the middle of winter with snow falling," he writes.
Dierks is currently collecting fan votes on his website to determine much of the content on his upcoming greatest-hits album, currently be referred to as the DB Hits/Fan Project. It's slated for release May 6.
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