Rex Brown Talks All Things Pantera
RB (continued): And who would have known that I'd have this riff called "Piss" that we wrote and had forgotten all about it? I mean, we used it on "Use My Third Arm" on Beyond Driven, but at the same time, it was just one of those kind of deals where we had forgotten about the whole track that was put together around it.
So I was kind of flattered that Vinnie (Paul Abbott) actually found that in the vaults and put it out. And it did really well on radio! The first time ever for a Pantera song, 20 years later.
RB: Nope, 'cause that whole thing is one big masterpiece. There's no way you can take one song out from the others. If you took one out, you wouldn't have the whole caboodle.
RO: Obviously, from a fan's perspective, the relationship between Vinnie Paul and Phillip Anselmo hasn't been great since Pantera split, and particularly since Dimebag Darrell passed away. Have you ever felt caught in the middle between those two when they've been butting heads?
RB: Absolutely! I've been in the middle between those two guys. I was in the middle before any of this shit ever happened, when Dime was still alive, you know, and you can read all about it in the book. I just don't want to give everything away right now, when you can go pick it up and check it out.
But yeah, I was in the middle. Sure! I was the main go-between. You know, I helped found this band named Pantera.
RO: How did you deal with it?
RB: How did I deal with it? Just like any other human being. You just take it a day at a time and do what you gotta do. Believe me, everybody wants to know all that he-said, she-said bullshit. Well, check out the book -- you'll know!
RO: Can't wait! So, tell me what fans can expect from Kill Devil Hill on Saturday night.
RB: It's gonna be loud, it's gonna be ass-kickin,' it's gonna be something you might not have seen in a long time. It's a good, solid fuckin' heavy band with a lot of pride in it. So bring your grandmothers and your dogs and whatever fuckin' else!
Kill Devil Hill plays with Hindsight, Aramite and Wellborn Road, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Concert Pub North, 2470 FM 1960.