In honor of Pantera’s 1992 masterpiece, Vulgar Display of Power, turning 30 this year, we spoke with vocalist Philip Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown about the wild times they had while making the album and touring on it with their now-deceased bandmates, guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. In this extended excerpt from the full conversation, Anselmo and Brown fondly recall some of the craziest experiences they had with Dime and Vinnie — the drinking game”twist and hurl,” getting shirtless on an airplane, going feral on tour — and pay tribute to their everlasting legacy. Watch now.

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Revolver: Rex Brown on Pantera’s ‘Reinventing the Steel’: “It’s a Great Last Performance”

“Dude, a big roadrunner just came through my backyard and jumped over at 15-foot fence.” That’s former Pantera bassist Rex Brown speaking with Revolver from his new place in New Mexico. The occasion is the 20th anniversary of Reinventing the Steel, which was released in March 2000. Co-produced by drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell, the album proved to be Pantera’s last — the band split up in 2003 after a period of unfortunate and well-publicized acrimony between Dimebag and vocalist Philip Anselmo.

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Rex Brown is performing at massive DIMEBASH at Santa Ana’s Observatory OC (3503 S Harbor Blvd) on Thursday, January 25!

SoCal metal fans, don’t miss this! Santa Ana’s Observatory OC (3503 S Harbor Blvd) will host a massive DIMEBASH, fueled by Monster Energy, on Thursday, January 25! The event will be hosted by Sirius XM’s Jose Mangin and sponsored by Rock’D Vodka, Dean Guitars, Affliction Clothing, Dunlop and Metal Blade Records. The event is all ages and costs only $33 at the door. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the event starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available via

DIMEBASH will feature an unprecedented all-star jam featuring members of bands such as Pantera, Suicidal Tendencies, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Fear Factory, Armored Saint, King’s X, Ace Frehley, Kyng, Cypress Hill, Biohazard, Powerflo, Fireball Ministry, Prong, Act Of Defiance, and more to come!

Rex lands on’s list of “best bass players in the world right now”

2017 highlight: Brown will always be best known for his pummeling bass work with metal icons Pantera, but he deserves credit for stepping from the shadows of that band to pick up a six string guitar and microphone to front his new solo band. His new album Smoke On This is a real, gritty and rocking affair.

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Rex’s solo record “Smoke On This” lands on Loudwire’s top 25

Via Loudwire: After toiling in several post-Pantera projects, Rex Brown stepped up to the mic (and guitar) and delivered a stellar solo debut. While ‘Smoke on This’ may not be reminiscent of Pantera, the musician does cop the attitude of that band while delivering a bluesy, rock-leaning gem. Highlights include the Zeppelin-esque “Crossing Lines,” the sludgy “Buried Alive” and the more psychedelic “Get Yourself Alright.” Brown’s ‘Smoke on This’ feels just as at home on a gin joint jukebox as it would ripping through your headphones.

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