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?!?!?”

Zakk Wylde Says He Is Still Open To Doing A Pantera Tribute Tour With Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown

Prior to Vinnie Paul’s tragic death, there was some talk about the possibility of doing a Pantera tribute tour with Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, etc.) filling in for the late Dimebag Darrell. Now, during a recent interview on The Cassius Morris Show, Wylde said he is still open to the possibility of doing something with surviving Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown.

Wylde said the following:

“When Saint Vinnie was still around, they were talking about it then. I mean, the way I always looked at it is it’s a Pantera celebration and an honor. I mean, every night I’m playing with Ozz, we honor Saint Rhoads. I’m playing the Randy stuff every night, and I’m blessed and it’s an honor to do it. Basically, we’re paying tribute to Randy every night — keeping his music alive.

If we got together and we ended up doing it, it would be like… I just look at it like if Eric Clapton went out and was with Mitch and Noel and singing and playing Jimi’s songs, and he’s honoring Jimi, ’cause that was his buddy.

No one’s replacing anybody. No one’s replacing Randy Rhoads — he was a one-off. Just like no one’s replacing Jimi Hendrix and no one’s replacing Dime or Vinnie.

If Zeppelin was going out, and if Jason’s playing drums, no one’s replacing his father. What they’re doing is celebrating his father’s greatness and what he achieved and all the mountains he conquered with Zeppelin.

It’s more of a tribute and a celebration than it is… You can’t replace any of these people I’m talking about — they’re all legendary guys. But, yeah, you’re just celebrating all their achievements — that’s all.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rex Brown (Pantera, Etc.) On His New Album: “It’s A Stoned-Out Groove Record”

During a recent interview with Loudwire, Rex Brown talked a bit about his upcoming album. According to him, the effort will be “a stoned-out groove record.”

Brown said the following:

“There’s not a ballad on this fucking record. It’s a stoned-out groove record. We smoked lots of hash making this album, I’ll just put it that way. And I’m not gonna make the same record twice: It’s got its rockers, it’s got that heavy blues tinge. It’s got some upbeat anthems that I brought in at the last minute, some I even had tucked away for a long time.”

He also added that the death of his former Pantera bandmate Vinnie Paul influenced the album as well:

“This record is really introspective, but in the sense that it just came naturally. I think that anytime somebody close to you dies — even though Vinnie and I weren’t really close at the end — you have to go back and peel the onion, just go through the layers of what life really means. The first four or five tracks that we did were really just — man, I swear to God, you hear about this stuff happening and it’s never happened to me before — but where the pen just starts going to the paper, and it just starts writing itself.”

KnuckleBonz To Release New Pantera Statues

KnuckleBonz will be releasing “Cowboys From Hell” era Rock Iconz statues of Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul, and Rex Brown this fall. The hand painted figurines are 8.5″ tall and each one will be limited to 3,000. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Watch Slipknot, Foo Fighters, Anthrax, Etc. Members Perform At 2019 Dimebash

Last night (January 24), a number of artists took the stage at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA to pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul at the 2019 Dimebash. The event was hosted by Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin and it featured the following: Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Rex Brown (Pantera, etc.), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, etc.), Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth, Act Of Defiance), Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.), Tony Campos (Static-X, Ministry, etc.), Jason Bittner (Overkill), Nita Strauss, Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, Prong), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Jason Christopher (Prong), Dug Pinnick (King’s X, etc.), Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill, Powerflo), Christian Brady (HELLYEAH), Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH), Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves), Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope), Courtney Cox (The Iron Maidens), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Gonzo (Armored Saint), Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Randy Weitzel (In This Moment), Wes Hauch (Glass Casket), and Rick Thorne (Good Guys In Black). You can see some footage from the show below:

Rex Brown Exits Kill Devil Hill, Working On New Solo Album

During a recent interview with Loudwire, Rex Brown (Pantera, etc.) confirmed that he is no longer a member of Kill Devil Hill. With this news, he also revealed that he has a “darker” new solo album in the works.

Brown said the following about his split with Kill Devil Hill:

“About 2014 in the summertime, I had just about had it. I spent 30 years on the road and you have to remember that after Pantera when Dime got murdered, I went straight into a thing with Philip and in 2005 did Down and did another five or six years, did a bunch of recordings down at Willie Nelson’s place. It’s just been one project to the next, and I really haven’t had the time. I had all these songs that I wanted to get out.

So I think our last gig was September 2015, and I put the solo record out and it did what it did and I’ve spent the better part of 2018 … man, I’ve got 18 tracks in the can, and I’m gonna finish up all this stuff in March. So really, I’ve just been going from one thing to the other to the other since I’ve been 17 with some breaks in between, but man I had to get off that road.

With Kill Devil Hill, the guys are starting to gig again and with them, it’s very amicable. They are some of my best friends in the world. I just felt like I was keeping a damper on them so might as well take care of this thing now. It’s a very amicable split and everybody’s happy with the whole deal. It probably should have happened a year ago, but you never know. You’ve just got to keep things open. But I’m doing my thing and they’re doing theirs and it’s all cool.

I’ve got more music in me and a lot of these songs just don’t fit what I was doing before. I was always that Zeppelin dude in the fuckin’ background with a joint in his mouth, and I loved playing metal. Then Pantera happened and we had a very heavy cross to carry for a long time. So I’ve continued working, but I’m just a lot happier now.”

He also added:

“When Vinny Appice was in the band, it was ferocious. It was something new and something different, and in 2013, he’d decided he had enough and so he took off. So I brought my good friend Johnny Kelly who I’ve known for 25-30 years plus and it was just about 2014, and then the timing of metal was just kind of crazy.

You’ve got to get those good bookings and that kind of stuff and it just didn’t pan out and I was sitting in the back of the bus one day and I said, ‘Look man, I gotta take a break sooner or later. I’ve sacrificed 25 years of my life for this.’ And at that point it was still about half of my being. So I took about nine months off and I got the itch again and started writing songs for the solo record.

We’re still close, close friends, but it’s just if they’re being booked, I don’t want people to think that I’m going to be there, cause I’m not. That’s the one thing I want to get across. Yes, it’s an amicable split, but it’s not that big of news. I think people saw the writing on the wall, and maybe if they couldn’t, they will now.”

Brown also had the following to say about his new solo album:

“I’ve got a really introspective record coming. I went through a totally different songwriting process on this one and yes, it’s very introspective but at the same time it’s kind of dark. We haven’t finished it yet, but I’ve got so much stuff in the can, it’s just ridiculous.

It’s a darker record for me, but it’s one of those things where you’ve just got to let it out when it comes out. It’s kind of Nashville in that sense. So we want to get it done and hit the road.”

He also added the following when asked if it has a bluesy, rock vibe like “Smoke On This”:

“Yeah, I’d say it’s still bluesy, but the songs are more well rounded. We just wanted to get my feet wet the first time. But this one’s got its rockers on there and some doomy kind of [Pink] Floyd stuff on it — that kind of vibe. I wanted to use the studio kind of more as a palette for what I was doing rather than the other way around.

Also, it’s all about the songs. I brought in several new people on this thing and wanted to get the vibe of how it was going to work, but I ended up writing everything and with the help of my producer, I’ve done just about everything on this record. It’s got some different characters on it, and I went to different jam sessions in Nashville and it was really cool. I’d never written like that before. Every single line, we would stop and say, ‘Where does it go from here?’ Usually you write a riff and put something over the top lyric-wise, but I was writing the lyrics as we went on some of it — just to get the first verse down and then we could go on, but it came real organically.

It was kind of cool that on the studio premises, there was about five acres and they were a bunch of these tiny houses. They had about two or three of those on the property and when I felt my ears were a little flawed, I’d go down there with a nice speaker setup and go down there and sit and write for hours at a time, and then I’d come back and we’d track everything. I really didn’t have any preconceived notion for this. I just wanted to let the beans fall where they were.”

On another note, Brown also opened up about Vinnie Paul’s death once again:

“Vinnie was just an incredible drummer and I really miss the camaraderie of years past. It was just another phone call of, ‘Are you sitting down?,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, who is it now?’ Never in a million years would I have thought it would be Vinnie. It’s just wild, and it’s insane. It started coming through in some of my lyrics, and I had to step back a little bit.

I had to reflect on it and it’s something you have to process. I learned the first time with Dime, and it took me years in therapy to get the fuck over. When those tragedies hit, you just pull your boots up as much as you can and you go. We just had a hell of a rhythm section, and it hasn’t been touched since, so. I don’t want to sound egotistical about it, but we were pretty fucking tight, dude … even at our sloppiest (laughs) … even at our drunkest (laughs).”

You can read more from Brown over at Loudwire.

Foo Fighters, Slipknot, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Etc. Members To Perform At 2019 Dimebash

The 2019 Dimebash is set to take place at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on January 24. The event will be hosted by Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin and it will include performances by Kill Devil Hill, Fireball Ministry, and an all-star band featuring: Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Rex Brown (Pantera, etc.), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, etc.), Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth, Act Of Defiance), Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.), Tony Campos (Static-X, Ministry, etc.), Jason Bittner (Overkill), Nita Strauss, Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, Prong), Jason Christopher (Prong), Dug Pinnick (King’s X, etc.), Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill, Powerflo), Christian Brady (HELLYEAH), Kyle Sanders (HELLYEAH), Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves), Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope), Courtney Cox (The Iron Maidens), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Gonzo (Armored Saint), Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint), Randy Weitzel (In This Moment), Wes Hauch (Glass Casket), and Rick Thorne (Good Guys In Black). A private afterparty will be held after the event and it will include jams from Kyng, food from Grohl’s BackBeat BBQ, and raffle prizes. Proceeds will go towards MusicCares and Guitars For Vets.

Rex Brown (Pantera, Etc.) Working On New Album

Rex Brown (Pantera, etc.) is working on 14 songs for his next solo album. He posted the following on Instagram:

Filter’s Richard Patrick Says Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown Should Reunite Pantera With Friends Of Dimebag & Vinnie Paul

Filter’s Richard Patrick recently took to social media to express a desire to see surviving Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown reunite with friends of the late Abbott brothers. Up until his death, Vinnie Paul never liked the idea of the band returning without Dimebag Darrell, so it probably wouldn’t be right to do it now. Regardless, you can read Patrick’s thoughts on the subject below.

Here’s Patrick’s statement (spelling mistakes included):

“Statement!! For some reason… I just feel the need to say this!! Phil Anselmo!! Is the greatest singer in metal. He’s the sweetest dude ever. I love that guy!! I really hope he knows how much we all love him. He’s been vilified! He’s been misunderstood!! But I absolutely just need and want to say this!!!

Coming from my punk Industrial past when I heard and saw Phil I was completely blown away. I was not into metal at the time but… when I saw a shaved headed punk fronting Pantera I thought to myself thats one of mine… a punk, mean as fuck, super voiced, crushing mother fucker who is speaking to me. Trent Reznor Played me A Vulgar Display of Power and I was awe struck. I was never the same!!!

HAVING SAID THAT… (I know I’m stepping in it and it’s none of my business no one put me up top this) IT WOULD BE A CRIME AGAINST MUSIC TO NOT PUT PANTERA BACK TOGTHER WITH TRUSTED FRIENDS OF VIENIE PAUL, DIME BAG!!! Off the top of my head.. I would think guys like Zack Wylde and Ray Luizer. PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVED VINNIE AND DARREL!!

I KNOW IT’S RIGHT AFTER VINNIE‘S DEATH.. I WILL TAKE THE HEAT I UNDERSTAND I LOOK INSENSITIVE BUT FOR GOD SAKES PLEASE BRING PANTRA BACK TO US SO WE CAN CELEBRATE THE TRUE MEMORY OF VINNIE AND DARREL AS WELL AS SEE THE ABSOLUTE, MIND BLOWING, LIVING LEGENDS PHIL AND REX!!! SEARCH YOUR FEELINGS! YOU KNOW I’M RIGHT!! Nineties rock genius are dying way to fucking fast… For fuck sakes you were thinking it, I said!! #PANTERA”