REX BROWN: VINNIE PAUL Indirectly Blamed PHIL ANSELMO For DIMEBAG’s Death
On the latest episode of “Icons,” Gibson TV interviews Rex Brown, a versatile musician and member of PANTERA. In this in-depth glimpse into his musical journey that was filmed last December, Rex discusses his inspirations such as James Jamerson, John Entwistle, KISS and ZZ TOP. He also shares personal anecdotes about his childhood experiences, PANTERA‘s enduring legacy and much more.
The breakup of PANTERA was a difficult time for the whole band, but especially singer Philip Anselmo and the Abbott brothers — guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. In a 2004 Metal Hammer interview, Anselmo said of Dimebag: “Physically, of course, he deserves to be beaten severely,” Rex said: “The Phil thing… Yeah, it just got gnarly [between them]… We don’t talk about that s**t in the f**king press, fellows.”
Dimebag was shot and killed in December 2004 onstage in Columbus, Ohio by a troubled schizophrenic who believed that the members of PANTERA were stealing his thoughts. At the time, Dimebag was performing with DAMAGEPLAN, the band he and Vinnie Paul formed after PANTERA broke up in 2003.
Vinnie never forgave Anselmo for what he saw as indirectly causing Dimebag‘s death, and the two remained estranged until Vinnie‘s own passing.