As drummer Vinnie Paul categorically shot down any chance of a Pantera reunion, bassist Rex Brown came up with a different approach, saying that "if there ever was a time" for the surviving three members to get together, "it's now."
Chatting with Loudwire, Rex was initially asked about the group's legacy. "Dude, it's all about the fans," he replied. "And look, we left a f--king legacy out there. Those songs aren't necessarily ours anymore. The fans f--king want 'em. And you know, I never say never when it comes to talk of the three of us getting back together and doing something.
"But at the same time, you have to walk on down life and do it on its own terms. I just stay true to what I know and we'll see what happens. I hate this question, cause I can skate around it all f--king day, but in the end, it's up to the fans. That's really what it's all the f--k about.
Getting to the reunion talk, the bassist added, "And for me, sitting on the sidelines, not that [Brown's current band] Kill Devil Hill is the sidelines, but look - we're getting older. If there ever was a time to maybe come together, it's now - as a tribute to the fallen hero or whatever you want to call it. It's still that legacy of songs that you're talking about. That's what it’s all about.
"I've grown on. It took me a long time to get through that. How do you lose your best friend, you know, especially when something as tragic as that happens? It's not a blow that can be fixed. It's one of those things that it's happened and we have to get on with life. But it took me a while to figure that one out, and you still figure it out every day.
"But like I was saying, it's about the fans. And the music isn't ours anymore, it's the fans, and at some point it needs to be addressed - and sooner than f--king later. And I would use that quote right there. I wouldn't use anything else."
As reported, Vinnie Paul compared the idea of a Pantera reunion featuring Zakk Wylde on guitar to a hypothetical situation in which Eddie Van Halen was killed and someone called Zakk to fill in. Specifically, the drummer called everyone cheering for the idea "selfish" and the whole matter "stupid." More info here.