Rex Brown: “If Dimebag Was Alive, We’d Be Jamming Together”
Former Pantera and Down bassist Rex Brown releases his new tell-all look behind the scenes of Pantera this month, and the man himself has sat down to discuss some of the book’s biggest talking points in a new interview.
“It was more cathartic for me than anything else,” notes Rex of his experiences writing Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera . “It was a lot harder than I expected, but I think it turned out great. Writing a book ain’t easy, man. [laughs] Trying to get all those words in, all the stories in, and everything else in 320 pages was really difficult. It could have been over 900 pages, but we made sure it wasn’t, ya know. As for it being weird, I would never say it was weird, because I had a story to tell, and it’s finally coming out for everyone next week.
“We were four completely different individuals, even in the beginning, but we had that drive to be the best we possibly could,” he adds of he and his Pantera bandmates. “We just went through a crazy ride that took us to the top and it was unreal at times. It wasn’t always good and fun, but in the end, you mention Pantera and the amount of respect that name brings is something I’m sure we are all super proud of still to this day.
“I have absolutely no regrets. The only regret is what happened to Dime, but I had no control over that. It’s a shame that some fucking deranged idiot decided to do that to someone so special in this world. It’s a bigger shame that we will never know what might have happened. As I said in the book, if Dime was alive, I believe we would still be jamming together. To put it plain and simple, I have no fucking regrets. You can always look back and say we could have done things differently, but that’s life in general. You live and you learn, ya know.”
Read the full interview here