Rex Brown, longtime bassist for the legendary American heavy metal band, Pantera, said he is willing to participate in a live Pantera reunion, with his former bandmate Phil Anselmo and joined on stage by the legendary lead guitarist of Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde. The idea has been pitched multiple times in the past decade, but has faced difficulties since the passing of the band’s late guitarist, “Dimebag” Darrell.
The band also had trouble putting a live reunion together, due to the rocky relationship between frontman Philip Anselmo, and the band’s late drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who passed away in June of 2018. The rocky relation kept the two from reuniting and finding common ground during Abbott’s lifetime.
Longtime girlfriend of the late Dimebag Darrell, Rita Haney, mentioned in a statement how a tribute reunion would be great, considering how fans have not been able to see the band play those songs. She mentions how it would be distasteful if they were to put Pantera back together as an actual band.
“As far as trying to put Pantera back together? No, that’s distasteful without those other guys,” Haney said. “But I think as a tribute, it would be a really great thing because I know, from a fan’s point, if I hadn’t been able to see them play or hear those songs, I can imagine other people as well, I think it’s great that they could at least see it performed, and by people that truly love ’em.”
In a deleted tweet responding to Haney’s comments, Brown mentioned how it is not up to Haney what will happen with the band. He further mentions how it is up to him and Anselmo to dictate the future of the band, and how Brown is all for it.
“I wanna make sure that ppl understand what I’m about to tweet.. ” Haney wrote. “It’s not up to Rita to say what will happen, only what Philip & I saw…I’m in!! Dig?!?!?”