Washington Times interviews Vinnie Paul!

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(Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Full article on the washingtontimes.com here.

Washington Times: Musically, where is the band at this time?

Vinnie: We feel like we finally accomplished the true Hellyeah sound. It took us four records, but it all came together on this CD: The sound, the songs and the production all fit each other.

The first two Hellyeah records were kind of experimental metal meets blues meets Southern rock meets rock ‘n’ roll. This one is really focused. It’s what fans expected from the start. It’s a great place to be right now.

Washington Times: Do you believe in the healing power of music?

Vinnie: Absolutely. Music speaks to you when nobody else can. It’s truly a great escape for many people and has so much to offer on so many levels.

Washington Times: Do you have a favorite rock ‘n’ roll memory?

Vinnie: Pantera was the opening band on the Kiss reunion tour in 1997, with all the original members. We toured with them in South America. We did three nights in Mexico City, then we had a flight on my birthday, which is March 11, and we were on a flight from Mexico City to San Diego, Chile.

Kiss was in first class, and we were in business class. Halfway through the flight, all four of the original members of Kiss came back to me and sang “Happy Birthday” in four-part harmony. They gave me a “KissStory” book. I felt like a 14-year-old kid. I had tears coming out of my eyes.

They took us under their wing, really liked us, and it was a great tour.

Hellyeah is currently on tour, check here for dates.

Full article on the washingtontimes.com here.

Rex Brown on DO YOU KNOW JACK? RADIO SHOW Feb. 12/2015

Rex talks to “Do you know Jack?” Rex discusses his book, the songwriting process withing Pantera, his musical influences like ZZ Top, and Pantera success involving hard work and being the right band at the right time.

Rex Brown on DO YOU KNOW JACK? RADIO SHOW Feb. 12/2015 by Jack Antonio on Mixcloud

Guitar World: Tour Dimebag Darrell’s Guitar Vault, Home and Recording Studio

Originally posted on guitarword.com here.

Guitar World’s February 2015 issue, which is available at the Guitar World Online Store, is the ultimate tribute to the late, great Dimebag Darrell.

As part of our coverage, which was timed for the 10th anniversary of the guitarist’s tragic death, Guitar World was invited into Dime’s home and recording studio—and we got to bring our cameras!

Below, enjoy our exclusive video tour, which offers a private look at Dime’s impressive guitar collection, not to mention his home, memorabilia, kitchen, bathrooms (Note: Dime’s bathrooms are more interesting than they sound!) and a lot more.

Check out the video below! And remember to pick up the February 2015 issue of GW, which features the ultimate Dimebag Darrell guitar gallery, more details about his home and studio, our guide to the 25 Greatest Pantera Songs and much more!

For more news and info on Dime, check out the official site here: http://www.dimebagdarrell.com

Right now get Cowboys From Hell, Vulgar Display of Power, or Far Beyond Driven from iTunes for $5.99 each!

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Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get a few of the best metal albums of all time at a price that can’t be beat. This offer is good until February 16 so don’t let it slip away.

Buy Cowboys From Hell here: http://smarturl.it/cfhit

Buy Vulgar Display Of Power here: http://smarturl.it/vdopit

Buy Far Beyond Driven here: http://smarturl.it/fbdit

Philip gets voted in by fans for Loudwire’s “Rock Titan 2014″.

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Originally posted on Loudwire here.

In an extremely close race, Pantera / Down legend Philip Anselmo and Slipknot / Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor were neck-and-neck in our poll for the 2014 Titan of the Year. However, once the voting closed, Anselmo came out the victor.

You know what’s truly bizarre about Anselmo’s win? His margin of victory was by .5 percent, the very number that adorns Slipknot’s 2014 album, ‘.5: The Gray Chapter.’

2014 saw Anselmo release ‘Down IV – Part II’ with the southern sludge legends. ‘Part II’ charted even higher than first ‘Down IV’ EP, claiming No. 23 on the Billboard Top 200. Down also unveiled a music video for ‘We Knew Him Well.’

Anselmo and the late Corey Mitchell launched the second Housecore Horror Film Festival in 2014, showcasing Satyricon, Eyehategod, Portal and many other bands. The fest also celebrated the 40th anniversary of ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ with a reunion of all the living members of its cast and also featured a reunion performance by Anselmo’s Superjoint Ritual.

If you dig metal and comedy, you probably also saw the ‘Metal Grasshopper’ series, in which Anselmo taught comedian Dave Hill how to be a metal warrior. The result was questionable, but let’s be honest, not even Lemmy could pull of the feat.

Congrats to Philip Anselmo and here’s for a brutal 2015!

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Pictures of the Dime guitars at the Dean display this week at NAMM + pics and video from Guitar World!

The Dean From Hell Limited!
The Dean From Hell Limited!

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Razorback DB Floyd Bumblebee Firefly

Dime Razorback Rebel
Dime Razorback Rebel

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Stealth Floyd FM - Dime Slime

Dimebag Rebel Flame Top Floyd – Trans Red
Dimebag Rebel Flame Top Floyd - Trans Red

Razorbolt – Black Red
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Razorbolt – Black Silver
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The following pictures and video are courtesy of Guitar World.

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Check out Guitar World for more coverage of this year’s NAMM.

For more news and information on Dimebag, check out the official site: http://www.dimebagdarrell.com.

Philip honored with the Musical Artist of the Year award at the 2015 President’s Arts Awards

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Article originally posted here on nola.com

Creative pursuits of three President’s Arts Awards honorees focus on words.

Words – whether written in the stanzas, used to document historical facts or added to music to create a song – feature prominently in the creative pursuits of three President’s Arts Awards winners.

Phil Anselmo, former lead singer of the heavy metal band Pantera, fancies himself “a wordsmith to a certain degree, so I’m always learning and expanding my lyrical repertoire,” he said.

“Normally, like most bands, the music comes first, then the lyrics. But I’m always jotting down one-liners, or merely words that I may incorporate later,” the 46-year old added. “A lyric can inspire a riff, or a piece of music, so to collect as much phonetic info as possible is important. There is rhythm in everyday conversation, and I’m a believer in the fact that all rhythms in music haven’t been investigated. That’s what makes creating innovative music a blast.”

The New Orleans native grew up in a house filled with music that he adored “from as early as I can remember,” he said. He listened to the musical artists of the time, such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, as well as radio hits, such as Dr. John’s “Right Place/Wrong Time.”

But when it came to creating his own music, Anselmo said “I followed my heart, and the style of heavy metal and hardcore music appealed to me as a style and expression that would best fit me.”

Anselmo’s noteworthy music career has included leading “Pantera to Grammy Award nominations, sales of 20 million albums worldwide, legions of diehard fans, and an indisputable heavy metal legacy,” according his biography.

Anselmo then formed the band Down, which had a gold-selling debut and three more critically acclaimed releases, most recently, 2012’s “Down IV Part I – The Purple EP.” Then to switch things up, Anselmo formed The Illegals and debuted the album, “Walk Through Exits Only,” in 2013.

That album was released by his own label, Housecore Records, based in Covington. The label, which has recorded dozens of albums for national and international bands, began “as a way of life in the early ’90s when I bought my first house in Lakeview,” Anselmo said. “Being a musician, I have had many musician friends, and back in the day when jam sessions were a way of life when I was home from long, grueling tours, we’d kind of shun traditional studios, opting for home recordings on my four-track. That’s where the term Housecore came from– creating music at home and recording it at home. There’s a unique feel to it.”

While he’s toured all over the world, Anselmo has called St. Tammany Parish home for the past 15 years. “I love it for many reasons; I have 17 acres of beautiful land, many animals and fantastic neighbors that put up with the racket and noise that comes out of my studio,” he joked. “I take pride in this little community, and support its growth with all my heart. People are friendly, restaurants are plentiful and fantastic, and downtown Covington is quaint and wonderful.”

About being named Musical Artist of the Year, Anselmo said “to be recognized within the community I’m a part of is perhaps one of the greatest accolades ever.

“I want to thank all who recognized me and Housecore Records as this year’s best constituent,” he added. “And I hope our local music scene grows more and more, and I hope I can help facilitate a place for the cream of the crop to thrive.”

For more information on New Orleans and New Orleans culture including past articles on Philip and his bands, check out nola.com


Check out this never before seen footage of Dime, Vinnie & Rex playing with their side project , Gasoline. New Year’s Eve 2001.

Check out this previously unreleased track written & played by Dimebag Darrell!

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It’s part of Guitar World Magazine’s Ultimate Dime Tribute Issue. More info from Guitar World here.

The February 2015 issue of Guitar World, which will hit newsstands and readers’ mailboxes this week, has been dubbed our Ultimate Dimebag Darrell Tribute Issue!

Among its exclusive Dime-themed offerings are:

• A private tour of the late guitarist’s estate in Arlington, Texas, featuring his most cherished guitars and memorabilia

• The Guitar World guide to the 25 Greatest Pantera Songs of All Time

• An interview with metal producer Terry Date, who reflects on his days in the studio with Pantera

• An interview with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, who recalls how he nearly drank himself to death on the road with Pantera

• Plus a gallery of Dimebag Darrell art and tattoos from Guitar World readers, who continue to express their devotion to the late guitarist.

As part of our Dime tribute, we’re also premiering “Whiskey Road,” a never-before-heard song that features Dimebag Darrell on vocals and all the instruments

Here is a 30 second preview of the song. For the whole thing, check it out on Guitar World here.

Who knew that Joe Manganiello was a Pantera fan?

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Who knew that Joe Manganiello (American actor, director, producer, and author) is a Pantera fan? It’s not to late to pick up your own sweatshirt from the Official Pantera store.

Available here: http://smarturl.it/pnuglyss

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Best Shipping Deals EVER! Order from Pantera store today. There’s still time to get before Christmas. See pic for details!

New ugly Pantera sweatshirt, Dime 333 shirt, and Rex shirt.

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There’s some brand new Pantera and Pantera related merch now available in time for the holidays! Let everybody know on sight, you are having a Hostile Holiday and a New Year from Hell by sporting your new ugly Pantera sweatshirt, Dimebag 333 shirt, or Rex Brown shirt.

For the Pantera sweater click here.

For the Dime shirt click here.

For the Rex shirt click here.

AXS.com: Judas Priest guitarists talk about Dime and Pantera.

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AXS.com did an interview with Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest before their November 7 performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest (FFF Fest) in Austin, Texas. (Entire interview on Soundcloud below).

When asked about Pantera, Glenn Tipton said “they were a very innovative band, a great band, a great bunch of guys. I mean it was just an absolute tragedy that someone would do this (murder Dimebag). It’s just terrible you know, a complete tragedy. And I’ve got a lot of respect for PANTERA. Everything they did, I think, was… they were a band that was immediately recognizable, they wrote some great songs, they were innovative and they were great guys.”

Richie Faulkner “I never met Dime. I met his brother last night for the first time. He came to the show and we had a blast. So it was just great to meet his brother. It’s a shame I couldn’t meet Dime. And the influence of the guy speaks volumes. And that goes for these guys (Judas Priest) too; the music lives on longer than we do. Some of it’s cut off shorter than it should be, but at the end of the day, the legacy is in the music. So long may that continue”

TMZ plays video of Vinnie reaching out to Wyatt! New ddrum starter kit on the way!

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The video says it all!

Click here to see the original story on tmz.com.

Click here to see Wyatt on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Click here to see the original video.

To those who are new to Pantera and are just dropping by out of curiosity, the name of the song Wyatt is drumming to is “5 Minutes Alone”. It can be sampled/picked up on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/5minit or Amazon here: http://smarturl.it/5minaz…. and for extensive information on the song and the album it’s on, check out the Far Beyond Driven discography page here: http://pantera.com/farbeyonddriven/

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Wyatt appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to prove he can deliver the goods live.

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Wyatt’s metoric rise to internet fame led him to Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. Here is his cute and crushing appeance as he accepted the “Can they do it live?” challenge.

To those who are new to Pantera and are just dropping by out of curiosity, the name of the song Wyatt is drumming to is “5 Minutes Alone”. It can be sampled/picked up on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/5minit or Amazon here: http://smarturl.it/5minaz…. and for extensive information on the song and the album it’s on, check out the Far Beyond Driven discography page here: http://pantera.com/farbeyonddriven/

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