Rex Brown On Pantera Reunion: 'Never Say Never'

Former Pantera bassist addresses the possibility of a band reunion.

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There's been quite a lot of talk about the Pantera reunion during the last year. But despite some of the band members being seemingly open for such an idea, it looked as thought it wasn't going to happen due to various personal issues.

But it seems that the bassist Rex Brown isn't willing to completely discard that thought either. In a recent interview with the Sonic Excess, current Kill Devil Hill member did admit that there are a lot of questions that need to be answered, but eventually stated that he will "never say never" on the group's reunion.

When asked whether the Pantera reunion talk is frustrating for him, Brown answered:

"Not at all. I think it's kind of funny, in a weird way. Who are you going to get to replace Dime? Who's going to be able to play the way he did? There are a ton of players our there, there are a tone of pickets out there, and we've got a ton of offers on the table, but until things are water underneath the bridge between Phil [Anselmo] and Vince [Paul], I just don't know. Let me say this also, I never say never. Phillip and I, we are open armed. It's up to Vinnie if he wants to go ahead and do something like that, but I just don't see that in the immediate forecast."

The bassist is currently busy promoting his newly published memoir called "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera". The book gives a detailed insight of the time Brown spent in the band from his own point of view.

"This book is just my truth about what my eyes saw. I had the really good, cheap seats. There were only four of us in the band that really knew what went on with the internal Pantera situation. I thought it was about time for me to go ahead and spill some truths. Even with the private life I do like to lead, I think that there was something inside of me that said, 'OK, Rex, it's time to go ahead and let this thing out.' It's just my side of the story."

The bassist added that if late guitarist Dimebag Darrel was still alive, he would hope that the band would somehow resolve all of their issues, which he now considers impossible.

"I just hope we would have worked our stuff out by now. We all get into the same room, beat the shit out of each other, go to rehab together, and figure it out. We can't do it without the original band. There is just no way."

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    I think it would be awesome if the guys were able to work things out and do a big memorial event for Dime or something. Get a bunch of Dime's favourite guitarists to come together and perform a bunch of Pantera songs. And broadcast the whole thing to theaters so that all the fans can get in on it and pay respects to Dime.
    Yeah a once in a lifetime event - in respect to all in the band but thats what they owe to the fans!
    Um. Band makes albums for the fans. Fans buy albums for the band. Band puts on shows for the fans. Fans buy tickets to the shows for the band. What, exactly, does Pantera owe their fans?
    Yes, fans pay for the cds/concerts. They do help keep the band afloat, however, one could argue that what the music does for the fans is priceless. say a song gets someone through a particularly hard event...can you really put a price on that? i can't. people also try to force musicians to be 'role models', which i think is crap, too, but...
    So you're saying the fans owe the band then?
    well, the term 'soundtrack of our lives' comes to mind. if a band's music helped someone get through a rough patch in their life, then yes. that music did an infinite amount of good for that person and you can't put a price on that. it is all in how you look at it.
    I fully agree with that. But who's to say the fans didn't get a band member (or whole band) through a rough patch? I just don't think anyone owes anyone. It's a give-and-take on both sides.
    And why do they owe fans that? Bands don't ever owe fans anything, unless they reschedule a concert and/or need to refund people.
    if it wasn't for the fans most bands wouldn't be around, the fans are what keeps a lot bands on the road and give them the drive to make music and I hate your stupid face
    My Last Words
    If it wasn't for the band then there would be no fans.
    True, but with NO FANS, how long does a band usually last? Do you really think that any band would keep playing live or recording & releasing music with no fans providing an audience or purchasing music? Band builds the fanbase, fanbase sustains the band. It's also up to the band to sustain the fanbase interest.
    Guys, considering that Pantera is no longer functioning as a band, they certainly do NOT owe the fans a reunion tour.
    I think Zakk Wylde would be a pretty good choice since he were close to Dimebag
    Razor Rex
    That would be my choice too, since Dime and Zakk were close and played together often -- He could do justice to the style of Dime.
    Kinda like that Freddie Mercury tribute concert from the 90s, have a whole lot of different guitarists come and play Dime on different songs. Great idea. But leave it at that. No Dime = no Pantera.
    That's a GREAT idea. I remember they did something very similar for Jason Becker in '01 when they released Warmth in the Wilderness which was an album dedicated to him by other musicians and the money went to help pay his medical bills. It be amazing if they released a concert DVD with famous guitarist covering some Pantera songs or playing a song they wrote dedicated to Dimebag.
    Yeah, let's get Zakk Wylde, Kerry King, Robb Flynn, Phil Demmel, John Petrucci, Scott Ian and whoever else i can't think of at the moment, and that would just be ****ing awesome beyond belief.
    Sammy Mantis
    If I were him and owed nearly half a million dollars in back taxes and penalties, I wouldn't be ruling out a Pantera reunion either!
    Would bloody love to see Pantera perform all their old classic songs, but I just don't think it would feel right without Dimebag
    if it was a memorial type thing that would be cool. They could get a bunch of different guitarists for different songs like Kirk Hammett, Kerry King, Zakk Wylde, etc. Something where we can all celebrate Pantera/Dime.
    Mr Winters
    Kerry King butchering Pantera songs? No, thank you. Get some actual guitarists in there.
    Dimebag, King, and Zakk were actually all good friends and fans of each others music. So it would make perfect sense.
    Just because King has proven to be a douche and chooses to make noise instead of playing melodically doesn't mean he isn't capable. Unless, you know, he forgot the stuff he was playing 30 years ago.
    dimebag is an easily replacable guitarist. they can find just about anyone who knows all the pantera songs and more. stage presence? all you have to do is swing your head around and power walk while you play.
    If you're going to troll, at least do it with style and on an appropriate subject.
    it's physically impossible to troll with style and appropriateness, else it's not trolling.
    Wylde, King, Hammett, Gus G., Petrucci, Tremonti, Pat O' Brien, John 5, etc. Even have some weird ones like Adam Jones and Tom Morello.
    That's my deal. I have a lot of Pantera nostalgia, but who would take Dime's place? No one, that's who.
    i have seen some liveshots by machine head where demmel was replaced by the guitarists from the supporting acts....they took his gear and the sound was 90% Phil i dont see a problem in "style"
    A Pantera reunion is not a bad idea, but finding a guitarist to replace Dimebag is next to impossible. No one has his sound, no one has his style, Dimebag is, in my book, irreplaceable.
    A line6 spider and a shitty ibanez has "his sound"
    kill it
    A huge part of a guitar player's sound come from the hands, pick attack and feel. Everybody is a bit different.
    Not the point, dude. You may be able to get a sound similar to his or kinda like his, but will never be able to match it.
    he may be able to get his sound but nobody can power walk and headbang like dime
    Am I the only one who thinks that Rex is one of the more underrated bassists in metal? He actually is quite good, he just always gets drowned out in the mix of the songs...
    I wouldn't mind to see Rex continuing with Kill Devil Hill, though, they are very interesting musically and have a lot of the vibe and style that Pantera and Down have. But a one-time reunion to commemorate Dimebag would be truly grand.
    Kill Devil Hill is amazing! I had the honor of opening for them and Mike Portnoy's Adrenaline Mob. It will forever be the highlight of my 'career.'
    you mean they're stoner rock?
    I wouldn't call it a Pantera reunion unless they found a way to reanimate Dimebag.
    Ach, no. Resurrection is one thing, but don't give these promoters any ideas about bringing Dime "back to life" with that hologram shit...
    I know everyone gets all crazy when a band talks about reuniting without a deceased band member but Dime LOVED Pantera's fans... don't you think he'd have wanted to see how happy Pantera fans would be to see the band one last time after not being able to see them for over a decade?
    I'm for a Pantera one-off reunion show, but only that. No one can replace Dimebag! But I think a one-off reunion show would be badass!
    Er Isn't someone missing from this equation? I think they were a large bulk of the success and sound.
    Am I the only one who thinks that Rex is one of the more underrated bassists in metal? He actually is quite good, he just always gets drowned out in the mix of the songs...
    The only way I want to see Pantera is if Phil learns to play rhythm guitar while singing.
    Phil learning to play full stop would be a start. He's shit at guitar lol
    Rob Man
    The idea of seeing PANTERA re-unite puts a massive smile on my face. Over the years, I saw them in concert 8 times and they only got better and better! Dimebag was a BIG part of the shows, but so were the other members. I remember listening to Phil screaming his head off, while Rex was on the other side of the stage with his bass creating a thunder-storm. And Vinny, he hit the drums so damn hard it amazed me that he didn't have to use 100 sets of drumsticks during the show, or even bust his drumkit to pieces. I miss Dimebag. There will be no guitarist ever like him. However, he influenced my guitarist after him to play like Dimebag. I believe that PANTERA would've worked out the issues over time and got back together and made more albums! I often wish this would happen, and still pray that it does.
    Sometimes I have to strain myself to hear him over Dimebag; which in a metal band is normal i guess. But hey at least its not as bad as what metallica did to Jason on AJFA!!
    Dimebag hologram
    I do NOT support a Dimebag hologram. On the other hand, I would support a Tupac-dressed-as-Dimebag hologram.
    I wish I would have got to see dime play live whether it was in pantera or damage plan but never seeing pantera live haunts me every day of my life, they are one of my favorite and by far one of the best metal bands ever seeing the remaining members of pantera with whoever plays in dimes place would be awesome
    Dear Rex Brown - can you please just say "never"? Please? Pantera without Dime is not Pantera. And while I liked the "Death to all" tribute, the thing that made THAT worth it is that Death has had so many line-up changes that it was nice to see this huge amount of talent all paying tribute to one of their closest friends and fellow musician. But Pantera has been the same 4 guys since "Power Metal", and I doubt they'd care to play ANY songs before, or even including Power Metal era. And at that point, the reunion just doesn't feel right. No Dime, no show. Also, Vinnie hates Phil (for good reason), so it'll never happen.
    Josh Childers from The Showdown would be a great fit to play in place of Dime. Those dudes just scream southern metal, it could work.
    Anyone else find it a little bit funny that Rex thought it was time to tell his side of the story the same time his country's government is chasing him for not paying his taxes? I absolutely love Pantera but I wouldn't like to see a reunion, wouldn't be the same without dimebag.
    I know everyone is going to hate me even mentioning the name but Synyster Gates' biggest influence was Dime. I mean, Gates definitely has similar dive-bombs. Although the original Walk is still better than the Avenged Sevenfold version.
    Why can't they all put their differences aside and form a new band together? Replacing Dime makes about as much sense as replacing Eddie Van Halen or Tony Iommi. Im against a Pantera ruenion for that reason but im not gonna lie, if they somehow did it I would go to every show in a 300 mile radius!
    Hologram HOLO! sorry..... Or get Chad Kroeger to play rythem while a video of dime playing solos goes in the background .....sorry again
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    I don't like to be 'that guy', but Dime WAS Pantera. Sure, each member is vitally important, but Dime wrote the riffs, Dime was a guitar virtuoso, and Dime's death elevated them further. Pantera without Dime is like Guns without Slash - yes, I know Duff wrote the songs and all that, but Slash & Izzy's interplay, that mid-heavy rock tone and the powerful, bluesy solos were responsible for the Guns sound.
    Alice in chains managed to reunite, why shouldn't pantera be able to pull it off?