Rex Brown Says Dimebag Has Learnt How To Play The Guitar Very Quickly

Former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown stopped by the Guitar World studios to talk about some cool PANTERA stuff that not a lot of fans know, plus to discuss his relationship with “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

Speaking about the late PANTERA guitarist, Brown said (see video below): “I knew Dime before he even knew how to play a bar chord. His dad kind of taught him… His dad was left-handed. So I think once that… We all know the story and history — once Randy Rhoads came around, it was all over. Dime went from just being a kid that played bar chords to this protégé overnight. And it was the most unreal thing I’ve ever seen in my life — for some kid, all of a sudden, just to do that. Not seeing him for a summer — two or three months — and then [see him] come out this completely different dude. It was amazing. It was really, really cool, man. And I miss him dearly.”

Brown has been publicly critical of the way his 2013 autobiography, “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”, turned out, saying in recent interviews that the book’s publication is partly to blame for the deterioration of his relationship with another former PANTERA member, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott.

“There was a bunch of shit in my book that was not supposed to be in that book, and I went through ten different edits and they put it in there anyway, and it left a fucking bit of sour in some people’s mouths,” Rex told the “Trunk Nation” radio show last month.

Brown‘s “Official Truth, 101 Proof” co-writer, Scottish author Mark Eglinton, later disputed Brown‘s claims, tweeting: “Just to be totally clear and fair: there’s nothing in the book that shouldn’t have been. It was all signed off. I was there.”

Dimebag, who was Vinnie Paul‘s brother, was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.

source: Blabbermouth

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‘Crazy Train’ With Randy Rhoads On Guitar

Guess who I added to the graveyard’s alley today? When I got the concept of this page in May, I immediately started to write down the names of the musicians whom I should gather here and initially there was eight of them. The first names were obvious: Peter Steele, Quorthon, Ronnie James Dio, others appeared in my mind as I was doing a quick research in my memory of heavy metal music: Chuck Schulinder, Jeff Hanneman, while Dead, Somnium and Valfar came to my mind when I listened to their songs. I wrote short bios based on Wikipedia and added photos, exactly like I did for Grunge Graveyard years ago. I thought I was done. Then I recalled Dimebag and Cliff. Then I recalled Nicole and Aleah. But I thought, Ok now it is done.

And then, just a couple of weeks ago, we were checking the English presentation that my friend prepared for this weekend’s conference and it included the example of Ozzy Osbourne. While we were examining his case, I suddenly thought of a horrific episode from his history and another name came to my mind. Randy Rhoads.

So here he is in a video devoted to him and I have a personal request for all the metal musicians: please do take care of yourself! Eat healthy food, exercise, and do not take unnecessary risk! I know it doesn’t sound like a stereotypical rock’n’roll lifestyle but I just don’t want you to be included on this page! I want you to live, create and flourish until you are 80 or 90. Until then, please do not give me the reasons to place you here, ok?!

 

Rex Brown Says Pantera Have Been ‘Close’ to Reuniting

Here is the interview for Loudwire where he talks about the possibility of Pantera reunion and his new record.

Obviously, there will never be a true Pantera reunion, but it doesn’t stop the metal world from praying that Philip Anselmo, Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul would get together to perform again. During Rex Brown’s most recent visit to our studio, he spoke about how close the surviving Pantera members have come to reuniting.

With historic reunions by Guns N’ Roses and the Misfits shaking the rock world to its core, it seems like there’s truly no bad blood that can’t be reconciled. Pantera / Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul has claimed he’ll never speak to vocalist Philip Anselmo ever again, so getting in a rehearsal space seems very unlikely. Anselmo and Brown have remained close over the years, though, so those fences don’t need to be mended.

According to Rex, gigantic offers have been made to Pantera to stage a reunion, with the bassist estimating “ten times” the amount the Misfits made at their Riot Fest performances in 2016. When we asked how close Pantera has come to accepting the offers, Brown replied, “Close.”

“I’d love to get out there and play those song again,” Brown added. “If everybody else was willing to do it, get us all in a room and get that water underneath the bridge all settled and make some music again, but it would be different, we’d be missing something.”

While it will be impossible to ever replace the late, great Dimebag Darrell on guitar, one name that has popped up in recent years is Zakk Wylde.

“I’d get up there and do it for f—king nothing,” Rex concluded. As for Brown’s current work, fans have been getting behind his new solo cuts “Crossing Lines” and “Train Song.” Rex’s upcoming solo album, Smoke On This, due out July 28, will show an entirely new side of the veteran musician. Preorders are available at iTunes and PledgeMusic.