More Rex Brown: On the Music Industry, Being "Cut In Half" & Pantera's True Story
RO: God, that'd be great.
RB: You know what I'm sayin'? (chuckles) Where you just put the needle on and let 'er fly.
RO: A couple of years ago, you were dealing with some pretty serious health issues with your pancreas. Can you give fans an update on your health?
RB: Aw dude, I feel a hundred and... well, 358 percent better than I did before they found out what I had. It was basically polyps in my pancreas. So now I'm shifting all gears. You know, I lost a good amount of weight out of the deal. It's taken a little time, to get more weight on out of muscle mass. I eat like a fucking bear; it's just my metabolism.
When they actually did the surgery, only about ten people in the country had had this done. It's just hard to put the weight back on. My muscles are still just kickin'. But as you get older, you know, some people gain weight and some people lose weight, especially after a major surgery.
They cut me in half, and cut my pancreas in half and left it that way. So, this is an experimental kind of deal. But I'll tell you what, I'll take this over five years ago any day of the week. I may look a little skinny, but I don't give a shit. I've always been a skinny fucker anyway!
It doesn't matter what I look like or whatever the fuck else. I'll still get up there and jam my balls off.
RO: Their mission is to kind of get kids interested in music. Who was it in your life as a young kid that turned you on to music?
RB: My grandmother. I was the last of 26 grandchildren. So, I'll just put it to you this way: My folks were, like, 40 when they had me, and I had a 17-year-old sister that gave me all the Beatles records and Stones records and all that kind of good ol' '60s rock and roll. So, I'm a child of the '70s, but my grandmother would play piano for the silent movies back in the day.
I was always intrigued with music, and I'm sure I drove her crazy when I was five years old and she had an upright piano when she lived in Ft. Worth. That's where my parents would take me often. I have a new book coming out on March 12, so everybody can read about that!
RO: Oh, cool! What's the title?
RB: It's 100% Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera, by me. And it's great! I spent about a year and a half of my life writing this thing, so check it out.
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