Rex Brown Says Pantera Once Came “Close” To Reuniting

Pantera’s Rex Brown was recently interviewed by Loudwire, and was asked about how close Pantera have come to reuniting. He simply responded by saying “close”.

Brown further added:

“Well, I just speak for myself. I mean, I’d love to get out there and play those songs again. And if everybody else was willing to do it… You know, I think the whole thing would be get us all in a room, throw some water on it and get that water underneath the bridge all settled and make some music again. But it would be different. We’d be missing something. And that’s the big ugh. I’m just being as honest as I can. It would be different.”

“I’d do anything to have that back—family and all that kind of stuff. I never say ‘never’ on that kind of thing, and I’m tired of saying, you know, ‘hell freezes over,’ or whatever, but at the same time, life is getting too short and you never know… But I’m not saying there’s been any talks at all.

Would I do it? Phillip, I just saw Phil not long ago. We’re all doing our own things… I’d get up there and do it for fucking nothing.”

Fans have been wanting a reunion for a long time, but with Dimebag’s tragic death and the conflict between Phil Anselmo and Vinnie Paul it is hard to imagine it will ever happen. However, if it does happen, Zakk Wylde is expected to fill in on guitar.

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Phil Anselmo Says He Has Found An Unreleased Pantera Instrumental Track

Phil Anselmo was recently interviewed by Capital Chaos TV, and revealed that he had found an unfinished Pantera song. The track is an instrumental that was apparently scrapped before Anselmo added vocals.

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Anselmo said the following when asked if Pantera have any unreleased music left over:

“That’s interesting because I did find a track I cannot make heads or tails out of and I know it’s the guys… But, I never did vocals over the top of it and I’m sure back in the day there was good reason for it, it doesn’t really do much, it’s like, riffs back & forth and that’s that, so it must’ve been just a… I guess, a mulling type of idea that had gone on, either we put it to bed or just moved on because truthfully Pantera there really was not that much unreleased material laying around, there really wasn’t we used almost everything that we… um, would come up with I guess you know?”

Phil Anselmo On Infamous Dimebash Incident: “I Owned That Moment”

Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.) was previously interviewed by Decibel about his infamous “white power” chant and Nazi salute at Dimebash, but now he has talked about it further in a recent interview with The Classic Metal Show. You listen to the chat and see what he had to say below:

“I would say to any critic out there that has terrible things to say about me, look, I owned that moment—I owned the moment. And it was a dumb, dumb move on my part, because I’ve dealt with hecklers before. Basically, I was showing the ugly, I was playing a part; it was an ugly gesture. And I’ve said this before: look, if that joke is not funny anymore and it’s worn its welcome out, then so be it. I can grow as well.

And look, if I truly, truly upset anyone with that gesture and those two words, then you know, my apology is sincere. But then there’s the flipside where I get the feeling that if you look through a certain lens long enough and you’re desperately trying to spot something, you’re gonna eventually find it, no matter what is; no matter how vague it may be, you’re gonna find something. Me? I was blatant. I was blatant and doing what I did on purpose, but with a sense of humor behind it.

And anyone with a logical mind knows—knows for a damn fact—that my love extends to every person in this crazy world of all colors, creeds, kinds, shapes, sizes, sexual preference… you name it, I’m for you , baby; I’m on your side… I just think that sometimes these certain people that do look through these lenses, perhaps—and maybe this is just speculation, but perhaps—like they used to say on the schoolyard, ‘It takes one to know one,’ or maybe the fact that you’re looking through this lens is kind of showing who you are as well. Enough of this you know? Enough of that. I own it, I apologized, my apology was sincere, you can look it up.”

Phil Anselmo Discusses Infamous Dimebash Incident In Latest Issue Of Decibel

Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.) has given his first official interview since his infamous “white power” chant and Nazi salute at Dimebash. You can read what he had to say in the latest issue of Decibel below.

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“First and foremost, I do take full accountability. I’m not deflecting at all. What I did was insulting, absolutely, and abhorrent, because it did truly upset people, and it hurts my heart that anyone would think that I’m the dreaded ‘R’ word — a racist. Anyone who truly knows me knows that it’s utterly ridiculous. But if I did offend my Jewish friends, people I work with, my associates, other people in bands . .. if I were to upset people in that particular way — that’s why I apologized. That apology is there — and no, you won’t get another one ever again.”

Anselmo then added:

“It’s kinda funny, considering I’ve got a Mexican drummer [Jose “Blue” Gonzalez] and a half-black guitar player. [Kevin Bond]”

He continued:

“First and foremost, I was absolutely smashed drunk,” he said. “No excuse, but I was. It was late and my mood was mixed because of the situation in general. We were honoring my dead, murdered guitar player and it’s still something that a piece of me has not come to grips with. I know people are reading this in black and white, but it makes my heart ache as I say it. Now, [from] the second I stepped on that stage until the bitter end of that night, there were a couple of kids with an absolute agenda constantly, all night long, calling me the dreaded ‘R’ word. ‘Racist, racist, racist,’ over and over and over-in between songs, during songs, during my stage banter. And I marked it: At 4:35 in the video, you can see my attention slowly beginning to get irked and agitated. By 5:10, you can see me actually eyeballing these people and engaging. They were 70 feet away from me screaming this shit. I even invited them up onstage and dared them to call me that to my fuckin’ face, and I said I would knock them out cold. You can check the video for yourself. Can you hear the kids? No, you can’t. But I most certainly did. And I’ve talked with people who were there who can corroborate because they were standing right next to them.”

He also added:

“Should I have done it? Hell fucking no. Would I take it back? Absolutely. But my sense of humor is dark and my temper is and always has been volatile, so I reacted. I reacted in an ignorant way. I own it. But do I believe in it? That’s ridiculous.”

Anselmo said the whole incident started as a joke about white wine, which apparently started after he kissed Doug Pinnick (KING’S X). Anselmo said the following about that:

“The white wine thing was a running joke backstage after — get this — kissing Doug Pinnick [of KING’S X] on the lips, and he says to me, ‘Whoa — you taste good!’ Because I was drinking a bottle of white wine. I even joked about it with him — ‘white power,’ hahaha. The funny thing about that is that particular room was for certain artists only. Other certain people who were part of the Dimebash were not allowed back there. I guess they felt slighted or in quotation marks — ‘offended.’ So, there was a running gag there, and it carried on even after the incident. What went down onstage was an extension of that, but also a firm reaction to these motherfuckers [up front], who, that’s exactly what they wanted.”

To read the whole interview, head to Decibel.