Rex Brown isn’t Down on his luck
Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown is enjoying life as a member of Kill Devil Hill – and for him it completes a circle that opened twenty years ago.
Back then he stood offstage and watched in awe as drummer Vinny Appice performed with Black Sabbath. Now he’s onstage with his friend after Appice invited him to record a few tracks with Kill Devil Hill, but he joined the band full-time instead.
Brown tells SkullsnBones.com: “What’s crazy about the whole thing is the first time I met Vinny was at the 1992 Monsters of Rock tour. That was the first time I met Dio too.
“I remember Pantera went on and did our thing, and then it was someone like Warrant or something, then Black Sabbath. You got to remember what year it was, but it was just unfair for them to have Warrant in between our two bands. Fans were throwing bottles at them – it got ugly.
“I’ll never forget watching Vinny that night though. I remember Phil Anselmo and I just sat back behind Geezer Butler’s stack and being blown away by his playing.
“Vinny is the most underrated player out there, in my opinion. But he’s also a really good friend. It’s just crazy that, all these years later, we’re together in the same project.”
Brown has nearly completed work on his book, Official Truth 101 Proof, due for publication later this year. He says: “It’s basically my tale of the Pantera years from my point of view. I was always the silent guy in the band – I never did interviews. Only four people in that band knew what was going on, so this will just be my interpretation of those years.”
But the possibility of a warts-and-all read could be tempered by the bassist’s watchwords in life: “Perseverance, patience, brotherhood, respect. A lot of goof things come out if you treat people the right way.”