Jim Carrey Recalls Meeting Pantera The Same Day He Listened To Their Music For The First Time

During an interview with Kevin McCarthy of Washington D.C.’s Fox 5, Jim Carrey claimed that he actually met Pantera on the same day he heard their music for the first time. The comedian made the revelation while promoting his new film “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” which features the band’s song “Walk” on its soundtrack.

Carrey said the following:

“The first time I ever heard PANTERA, I was driving down to San Diego to do a concert at a theater and to check in to a hotel. And me and my manager, Jim Miller at the time, we put PANTERA on. And I had never heard anything like it. And it hit me on such a level of, like, extreme stimulation that I just started laughing uncontrollably for the entire track. Just like nervously laughing, like, ‘What is happening right now?’ And then we went to check in to the hotel, and the guys behind us in the line checking in to the hotel were PANTERA. We turned around and we went, like, ‘Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me?’ This is too weird, man.”

He then went on to discuss the music he listens to at home:

“When I get up in the morning, my musical taste is so all over the spectrum, it’s crazy. I can go [jazz pianist] Count Basie one day, I can go rap another day and then I can go… Most mornings I’ll wake up and grab my coffee, sit on the back porch and listen to Gregorian chants. Because it brings the birds to life, it brings the whole world to life, and suddenly I feel like I’m not just in the body but I’m the whole yard. And if I get into a certain mood, if I need to get chaotic or crazy sometimes, something like a PANTERA which challenges the world on a masculine, in-your-face level. Or ‘Breed’ by NIRVANA. ‘Breed’ is one of the greatest, unsung, really… It’s kind of an unsung piece; it’s overshadowed by other hits they had. But ‘Breed’ is one of the most kick-ass tracks ever in history. It’s wonderful.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Pantera To Release “Vulgar Display Of Lager” Beer

Pantera have teamed up with KnuckleBonz, Inc., Great South Bay Brewery, and Bravado for a new beer called “Vulgar Display Of Lager.” Fans can purchase the limited edition 5.9% German Pilsener style beverage HERE. The first 500 orders will include a collectible poster. Tony Simerman, CEO/creative director of KnuckleBonz, Inc., commented:

“We’ve been privileged to work on few different collectible projects with Pantera over the years and we get excited about being able to find new ways to honor the legends that have inspired so many of us. This beer was specifically crafted as a nod to something we think perhaps the band might choose when they ruled the metal world from ‘Cowboys To Hell’ to ‘Reinventing The Steel’.”

Pantera To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of “Vulgar Display Of Power” With New Graphic Novel

Pantera and Z2 Comics will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Vulgar Display Of Power” with a new graphic novel. The anthology is expected to be released in September and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Frontman Phil Anselmo commented:

“We’re really happy and excited to have this graphic novel come out for the fans, and to be a part of something special, as it pertains to its artists and creators.”

Bassist Rex Brown added:

“Check out our killer new Vulgar graphic novel, can’t wait to check all of it out!! And neither will you!!”

The following artists contributed to the book: Alan Robert (Life Of Agony), Eric Peterson (Testament), Burton C. Bell (Ascension Of The Watchers, ex-Fear Factory), Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die), Steve Niles (“30 Days Of Night”), Tony Lee (“Beartooth: The Journey Below”), Brian Ewing, Ryan J. Downey, Erik Rodriguez, Ryan Kelly, Steve Chanks, Kevin Mellon, John Pearson, and Danijel Zezelj. Paul Booth also designed the cover. He said the following about that:

“I’m not sure I can even express what a tremendous honor it has been to work on this project for Pantera. The first music tour I ever went out on, Pantera headlined. That was back in ’94 with Sepultura and Biohazard. To this day, I still compare every tour I’ve been on to that one as it really was the most special for me. This project has been an awesome experience and I greatly thank everyone involved.”

Pantera’s Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of “Vulgar Display Of Power” In New Interview With Revolver

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of “Vulgar Display Of Power,” Pantera’s Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown have taken part in a joint interview with Revolver. You can watch that chat below:

KnuckleBonz To Release New “Reinventing The Steel”-Era Pantera Statues

KnuckleBonz will be releasing some new “Reinventing The Steel”-era Pantera statues in spring 2022. You can pre-order those in a bundle or individually. The following was said about the figurines:

“Each piece is hand-crafted. Only 3000 pieces created. All Rock Iconz statues are officially licensed, limited edition collectibles. This is a fine-arts process where each statue is hand-cast, painted and numbered. These statues are created in 1/9 scale. Each statue comes with a certificate of authenticity on the base.”

Estate Of Late Pantera Guitarist Dimebag Darrell Files Lawsuit Against Dean Guitars

The estate of late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott has filed a lawsuit against Dean Guitars. The news was recently confirmed by Abbott’s longtime girlfriend and trustee of his esate Rita Haney.

Haney said the following:

“After much consideration, it is with great sadness that I announce the longstanding relationship between Dimebag and Dean Guitars is over. Unfortunately, we were forced to file a lawsuit against Dean Guitars on Monday, August 16th, for the reason set forth in the complaint that may be viewed at http://www.dimebagdarrell.com. It was necessary for us to end Dime’s endorsement of Dean Guitars to continue to honor and celebrate his legacy the way he deserves, and in the way he had laid it out.

We do not make this decision lightly and it is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you, Dime’s loyal fans. As you know, after signing the deal with Dean Guitars in 2004, Dime was ecstatic to finally be working with the one and only, Mr. Dean Zelinsky, who’s been gone from the company since 2008. Darrell had voiced several times that it was like going home where he belonged. It was something he was enormously proud of.

I have spent days, re-reading through all of Darrell’s guitar notes, lists, letters, and drawings (some not yet released). knowing Darrell’s wishes and seeing them written down on paper, once again, after all these years solidifies that he would not have stayed. I want to see Dime’s words followed through and to have his legacy reach the level he intended.

I made several attempts to amicably settle our dispute with Dean Guitars. however, it became clear to me that Dimebag’s relationship with Dean Guitars had come to an end when the new CEO of Dean Guitars told me that Dime has been dead for 16 years and they could not make the money they once did.. (so basically, he’s used up???) and then continued on to tell me i should go somewhere else. Well… we will!

Moving forward, our goal will be to ensure the rightful and respectful celebration of Dime’s legacy and the indelible mark he and his music made on this world. It is with absolute conviction that we say that this can no longer happen whilst continuing to partner with Dean Guitars.

As fans, we hope that you feel as we do. Our love for Dime has not wavered in the 16 plus years since his passing and he is still as relevant to us today, despite what we have been told by Dean Guitars. We want to capture the ‘spirit of the deal’ that was discarded by Dean Guitars, like it should have always been done. In this spirit, we soon hope to have more positive news to share with you regarding the future of ‘Dime guitars.’

Dime loved his fans so very much, in return, you guys have never wavered in your loyalty and love for him. We cannot thank you enough for your continued support.

Long live Dimebag Darrell! Getcha pull!”

In the lawsuit, Haney called Dean’s current CEO Evan Rubinson “incredibly disrespectful” and claimed that he is “often times belligerent to the legacy of Abbott”:

“He acted without regard for the success Abbott brought to his father’s company, and to which ultimately contributed to his inheritance. Given the misdealings uncovered by Ms. Haney, she felt that Dean Guitars had taken complete advantage of Abbott over the years and refused to continue a business relationship with Dean Guitars unless Dean Guitars was willing to right its wrongs.”

The complaint also says that Dean Guitars breached their endorsement agreement with Abbott:

“[The company] never paid the contracted amount for each full cover photo that have been printed with Abbott playing a Dean guitar, with the Dean Guitars’ logo and/or trademark prominently displayed; failed to provide the imported and domestic models for each line of Abbott endorsed guitars produced by Dean Guitars, and other guitars for personal and promotional use; fraudulently, in conjunction with Concordia and without the knowledge of Abbott, registered the trademark for Razorback and the Razorback guitar design, both of which were the sole property of Abbott, in Concordia’s name; in conjunction with Concordia, transferred the Razorback trademark, which was the sole property of Abbott, to a third party without the knowledge of Abbott; and in conjunction with Concordia, acquired the registered trade dress for the guitar design known as the Dime3 in its own name, without Abbott’s knowledge and without recognizing Abbott as a joint owner.”

UPDATE: Rubinson has since responded to the lawsuit:

“We have always treated Dime and his brother Vinnie with the utmost respect and loyalty. We have enjoyed a long-standing, 17-year relationship with Dime and Vinnie, and continue that relationship with Vinnie’s estate on the ddrum side. We are shocked and saddened to see the actions that Ms. Haney has taken after both the Abbott brothers have tragically passed away, and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.

However, it is unfortunate that Ms. Haney has allowed her unrealistic demands and accusations to dictate the future of the Dimebag Darrell legacy in the absence of Dime’s immediate family. Dean Guitars is proud to have played a role in ensuring Dime’s legacy not only survived, but thrived over the past 17 years. We have stood by the estate through good and bad. Ms. Haney’s claims — across the board — are baseless, without any merit, and not grounded in reality. We will allow the full truth to come out as the legal process takes its course.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Pantera Team Up With Puck Hcky For New Merch Collection

Pantera have teamed up with hockey-themed brand Puck Hcky for a new merch collection. You can see what they have to offer HERE. Matt Marini, CEO of Puck Hcky, commented:

“Pantera has been a major part of so many people’s musical lives, including mine, for as long as I can remember… and there’s a reason for that! When you hear a Pantera song or record, you instantly know it by the crushing riffs, incredible drums, deep low end and, of course, the vocals. The way they combined being ultra-heavy and ultra-catchy will never be matched… ever! We here at Puck Hcky are honored to be releasing this collection with them, and there is more on the way! If you ever get to the Puck Hcky store, do not be surprised to hear Pantera blasting from the speakers!”

New Zealand Mother Reportedly Names Her Three Children Metallica, Slayer, And Pantera

According to journalist and documentary filmmaker David Farrier (“Dark Tourist”), a mother in New Zealand has apparently named her three children Metallica, Slayer, and Pantera. Farrier tweeted the following about that:

[via Blabbermouth]

KnuckleBonz To Release Limited Edition Pantera “Cowboys From Hell” Road Case Collectible

KnuckleBonz have launched pre-orders for a new Pantera “Cowboys From Hell” road case collectible. The statue will be limited to 500 pieces and it will include a certificate of authenticity on the base. The collectible is currently expected to ship in late 2021 or early 2022.

Pantera And Motörhead Were Referenced In A Heavy Metal Question On Tonight’s Episode Of “Jeopardy!”

Heavy Metal was the answer to a question during tonight’s (June 8) episode of “Jeopardy!.” The question said “Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’ & Motörhead’s ‘No Remorse’ made Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Albums of this genre,” before a contestant buzzed in with right answer. The question was in a category called “Music Genres.”