Pantera Raised $100,000 For COVID-19 Relief With Their “Social Distancing” Shirt

Pantera have raised $100,000 for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund with their limited edition “social distancing” t-shirt. The band revealed the news in the below post, which also mentioned that 10% of the proceeds from their new face mask will go towards Crew Nation.

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Vinnie Paul’s “Drumming Up An Appetite With Vinnie Paul” Cookbook To Receive Posthumous Release

Prior to his death, Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH) was working on a new cookbook called “Drumming Up An Appetite With Vinnie Paul” and now it appears that it will still be released. The drummer’s longtime girlfriend Chelsey Yeager told Metal Pulp And Paper the following:

“[Vinnie’s] cookbook that he titled ‘Drumming Up An Appetite With Vinnie Paul’ is in the works. There are over 120 recipes that are saved and pictures to follow that will be in the cookbook as well. Not sure on an exact date when it will be finished.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Pantera Selling Limited Edition “Social Distancing” T-Shirt

Pantera are selling a limited edition “social distancing” t-shirt featuring lyrics from “Walk” and a parody of the “Vulgar Display Of Power” cover art. You can purchase that HERE. 40% of the proceeds will go towards the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund.

Pantera Planning To Release 20th Anniversary Edition Of “Reinventing The Steel”

Pantera‘s “Reinventing The Steel” officially turned 20 yesterday (March 21) and the band are planning to celebrate by releasing an anniversary edition of the effort later this year. The band commented:

“Reinventing the Steel turns 20 today! We will be releasing a 20th Anniversary edition of Reinventing at some point later this year (More details coming soon). In the meantime, Watch this live show from The Real Steel Tour on February 20, 2001.”

Rex Brown On Hypothetical Pantera Tribute Tour

It looks like Rex Brown is open to doing a Pantera tribute tour with frontman Phil Anselmo and guest guitarist Zakk Wylde. The bassist said “I’m in!!” while responding to a Loudwire story in which Rita Haney, the longtime girlfriend of the late Dimebag Darrell, said that she would be okay with a hypothetical tour.

Haney said the following:

“As far as trying to put Pantera back together? No, that’s distasteful without those other guys. But I think as a tribute, it would be a really great thing because I know, from a fan’s point, if I hadn’t been able to see them play or hear those songs – I can imagine other people as well, I think it’s great that they could at least see it performed, and by people that truly love ’em. So, yeah, I think it would be a really cool thing.”

Brown responded:

“I wanna make sure that ppl understand what I’m about to tweet.. It’s not up to Rita to say what will happen, only what Philip & I say…I’m in!! Dig?!?!?”

Close Friend Of Dimebag Darrell Says The Guitarist Wanted To Reunite Pantera Before His Death

During an interview with Landry.audio, Daryl “Bobby Tongs” Arnberger, who was a close friend of Dimebag Darrell and a videographer for Pantera and Damageplan, revealed that the legendary guitarist was hoping to reunite Pantera after Damageplan’s 2004 tour. However, that sadly never happened because he was tragically gunned down during a show in Columbus, OH.

Arnberger said the following:

“Oh, yeah. He would have [reunited Pantera.] The last time I saw him was in November of 2004. I was about to go back out with Slipknot or [Marilyn] Manson, one of the two. And I went over to his house. I was just talking to him briefly about everything. He was, like, ‘We’re gonna go out and do this [Damageplan] tour through December, and I’ll see you for Christmas and everything. After that, we’re gonna have some new shit going on. And it’s not gonna be this.

Whatever it takes, we’re gonna get these guys back together and do it right.’ … He was saying he was gonna do everything he could. He was pretty much done with what they [Damageplan] were doing at that point. He wanted to move on and go back to Pantera.”

He also went on to say that Dimebag wasn’t happy with Damageplan:

“He didn’t think the other guys [Pat Lachman & Bob Kakaha] were as into it. He obviously didn’t feel the magic as much as he did with the other two guys [presumably Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown.]”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Phil Anselmo Perform Pantera’s “We’ll Grind That Axe For A Long Time” Live For The First Time

Phil Anselmo recently played Pantera’s “We’ll Grind That Axe For A Long Time” live for the first time. The performance took place during The Illegals’ January 30 show at the Umeda Club Quattro in Osaka, Japan. Anselmo told the audience the following:

“These songs always, always, always are a tribute and love to Vinnie Paul and Dime. Pantera never played this song that we’re about to play — we never played it live. This is the first time we’re performing it live ever. Hey, this is special. This is one for the hardcore Pantera fans.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Former Pantera/Damageplan Sound Engineer Aaron Barnes Arrested For Child Porn & Drug Charges

Former Pantera/Damageplan sound engineer, Aaron “Wirez” Barnes has been arrested on some disturbing charges. According to My Texas Daily, the 60-year-old was arrested in Plano, Texas on December 18, 2019 for the possession and promotion of child pornography, as well as possession of methamphetamine. He is currently being held at Collin County Jail on $25,000 in bonds.