During a recent appearance on Gibson TV’s “Icons” series, Pantera’s Rex Brown opened up about the band’s initial breakup and the animosity between Phil Anselmo and the late Abbott brothers, Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. He also touched on Vinnie Paul indirectly blaming Anselmo for Dimebag’s murder, saying he disagrees with that assertion.
Brown said the following about the fallout between the brothers and Anselmo:
“The Phil thing… Yeah, it just got gnarly [between them]… We don’t talk about that shit in the fucking press, fellows.”
One of the more public displays of turmoil was in a 2004 interview that Metal Hammer conducted with Anselmo. He said the following in that chat:
“…It lies between Dimebag and I. There was never a point when he could not get drunk. Which was pretty much every day. And now I’m hearing it’s worse than ever.
He would attack me, vocally. And just knowing that he was so much smaller than me I could kill him like a fuckin’ piece of vapor, you know, he would turn into vapor — his chin would, at least, if I fuckin’ smacked it. And he knows that. The world should know that. So physically, of course, he deserves to be beaten severely.
But of course, that’s criminal and I won’t do such a thing… Really, I just let him prattle on. I grew very tired of it very quickly, and whenever it came up, like it has come up today, I just chose to wish them the best of luck. And in all honesty I really wish that they would be men, which is very hard for them, figuring that they were living in their mother’s house until they’re 30 years old.
In comparison, I was on the street by choice at the age of 15, living anywhere I could — but living, and successfully living, through my will.”
Vinnie Paul believed words like these influenced Dimebag’s killer, but Brown disagrees:
“[Vinnie] would not have anything to do with Phil—period. He thought that that was the reason his brother was dead. I disagree with that. I think this was a nut that had already been out there planning and premeditating whatever move he was gonna make.”
Brown also commented on the relationship he had with Vinnie Paul:
“Vinnie and I, we would exchange pleasantries over… Let me just put it this way. I know he loved me, and I loved him. That’s all I need to know.”
The years of bad blood kept Pantera from reuniting over the years and made the band’s decision to return with Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante in place of the Abbott brothers a controversial one. However, the current lineup has received approval from the estates of both brothers and have been doing their best to honor them each night.
[via The PRP]