Eric Spitznagel of MTV Hive recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
MTV Hive: Why write a memoir now?
Rex: Is there ever a good time to do it? Really? I’d been thinking about it for awhile, and I was always like, “No, I don’t want to talk about this shit.” It took me awhile to really get my shit together. I wanted to keep the memory of [late PANTERA guitarist] Dime [“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott] alive. But this is not about Dime, this is more about me. This is my truth, how I saw it, and I had really good seats for the fucking thing.
MTV Hive: Is it possible you wrote the book because you needed the money? I read something in USA Today last year that you owe $449,567 in back taxes.
MTV Hive: That’s not true?
Rex: That’s all bullshit. Dude, I didn’t write a book for the money. I think we all owe a little bit in back taxes, but that’s just bad management skills. You’re the first one to ask me that. I’ve done 40 or 50 interviews for this book and nobody’s asked about taxes.
MTV Hive: Maybe they forgot to Google you.
Rex: You know why I think it is? I think kids start blogs and they write what they want and people actually believe it. Which I don’t subscribe to. I don’t read the blogs. I could care less, man. This is my truth.
MTV Hive: Is a PANTERA reunion ever going to happen?
Rex: [Long pause] I’ll put it this way. I never say never to at least grasping the opportunity to be brother to brother. Phil [Anselmo, vocals] and I have that. And Vinnie [Paul, drums] just hasn’t gotten on with the picture. It’d be great for us to sit in a room and figure out if we ever want to do that again. But I don’t really think there’ll ever be another PANTERA without Dime in it. So, it’s a very complicated story. At the same time, it’d be nice to maybe play a couple shows and have a bunch of guest stars. But as far as reunion, there’s no reunion, man. Dime‘s dead.
MTV Hive: It must’ve been difficult writing about Dime‘s death.
Rex: It was, man.
MTV Hive: Was there at least some comfort in knowing that he left doing something he loved? As gruesome and terrible as his death was, his last memory was wailing on his guitar.
Rex: Yeah, that’s one of the things I cling to. It’s just the timing that was completely fucked. The guy who killed him, he didn’t just want Dime, he wanted the whole fucking band. He was that delusional. I had it from police reports, which I don’t carry around with me but they’re in my office at home, this guy thought he wrote all of our songs. He was really out of his fucking mind.
Read the entire interview from MTV Hive.