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Video footage of acclaimed classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine and cellist Mike Block performing Rachel's arrangement of "Cowboys From Hell" by PANTERA for a faculty concert at Mark O'Connor's Strings Conference in San Diego on July 31, 2008 can be viewed below.

"I've been a big heavy metal fan since I was 12, groups like PANTERA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, METALLICA, SLAYER," Rachel, 33, said in a 2004 interview. "So it was very natural for me to go on these [rock radio] stations and talk about my favorite bands, and I think it helps break down those barriers for my peers — to hear that a classical musician can also like the music that they like."

Pine's heavy metal penchant comes to the fore in 1997's "Storming the Citadel", according to The Republican. With her "rock trio" STRINGENDO (Barton Pine and Edgar Gabriel, violins, and Brandon Vamos, cello), she covers her favorite songs by bands ranging from LED ZEPPELIN ("Heartbreaker", "Black Dog", and "Stairway to Heaven") and BLACK SABBATH ("Paranoid") through AC/DC ("Thunderstruck" and "Back in Black") to METALLICA ("One" and "Fade to Black").


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I didn't watch the video... but the story and the YouTube still reminded me of the music teachers doing those cheesy pop medleys on SNL... :gig:


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Antiquiet recently conducted an interview with DOWN/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Antiquiet: I don't mean to dredge up old bullshit, but I want to talk about something you've encountered firsthand. When you had that beef with Dime [late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott] and Vin [ex-PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott], us fans got the word through fuckin' Metal Hammer and the music journalists, who, of course, tend to… you know, pull the juicy quotes out, to keep the circus going, to get attention, to sell magazines. So let's say things were different and the journalists minded other business, and you guys had space to work it out on your own. Do you think things might have turned out differently?

Anselmo: Well… it's kind of a moot point here. But if you're talking in… imaginary terms, if you're talking what-ifs, theoretically, yeah. Rex [Brown, ex-PANTERA and current DOWN bassist] and I actually talk about it a lot and we know… PANTERA could have kept going. The interview that sparked off everybody's imagination… Little to everyone's knowledge, the guy who asked me that — it was supposed to be off the record — he asked me straight out what would happen if [we] got into a fight, a physical thing. First of all, that never would have happened. Second of all, theoretically, once again — obviously, I would have the advantage over them. So I put it in a [certain] way, like a million motherfuckers do every day — boxers, et cetera — you know, they say they're going to do terrible, horrible things to each other, and then after everything clears, they shake hands and hug each other and it's done. But if things are put as an absolute, and it's just black and white, it's just read and it's taken that way, and it's very unfortunate that it was. Because, as I've said before, PANTERA was a mighty force, man.

Antiquiet: Damn right.

Anselmo: And not only do I miss those days, and Dimebag and Vinnie, and the whole crew, and the whole vibe, and the pride that was behind it, and the validity that was behind it… As I've said before, Rex and I… We always said that we would have all of us gotten into one room and argued and screamed… And a lot of it would have been my fault, but at the time I was a wounded duck. I needed back surgery so bad, it was pathetic. And I've uh… I've made some bad choices.

Antiquiet: I've gotten into beefs with my friends and shit, people I grew up with, and it's one thing to have it out with people you love—

Anselmo: Yeah, but not in front of the entire world.

Antiquiet: Yeah, see that's what I'm trying to get at man. 'Cause I figure when you're talking through other people, when the whole world is watching, and putting their two cents in, it's gotta make it harder to keep shit together.

Anselmo: Well yeah, it does. But… (long pause) It's done with, and that's over.

Antiquiet: So man, I've gotta ask you about something. We've seen some interviews with you recently that honestly made us worry about you. Sometimes you seem out of it, and some of the fans are saying you're back on the drugs, some are saying it's medication. So do you just want to set the record straight?

Anselmo: I never heard that I was back on drugs; that's fuckin' ridiculous. That's fuckin' stupid. But fuck everybody, really. I'm livin' my life, I'm doing exactly what the fuck I want to do… I'm not out to fuckin' impress, I don't give a shit, man. And people… I mean look, I've been… gay, my neck's been broken from stage diving, I've been everything — a satanist, a white supremacist…

Antiquiet: (laughing) Yeah, I know man. Well, I ask 'cause I worry. As a fan, I don't wanna see you go anywhere, I want my fuckin' kids to see you live one day.

Anselmo: I'm fuckin' stronger than fuckin' most fuckin' men my age. And I don't even drink. It's just… after back surgery, you never know, one day is a good day — shit, you can have a good week — and then, there'll be a weather change or some shit like that, and you might go through some pain. Pain, pain, you know, it's… Me and pain are intimate. But through physical therapy, and yoga, and Pilates, and all this shit [I've learned how to] make the pain at least tolerable. You stretch that fuckin' shit out man. You get up off your ass and fuckin' get up and — every day — set thirty minutes aside, and fuckin' stretch that shit out and it changes the whole fuckin' day.

Antiquiet: You getting by without painkillers? Or do they still have you on that brutal Soma shit?

Phil Anselmo: I'm on one drug, and it's called Lyrica. And what that does is it's an anti-seizure medicine. And a lot of people are on this drug who have sciatic pain, or pain like I have, which is sciatic, but it's from after the surgery, sometimes when the nerves reconnect, they reconnect wrong. And that was my case pretty much. It's three times a day, and I'm sick of that shit too. I'm tired of all this crap. But it does help, it quells the pain, just a little. You can always feel it though, there's numbness in my left foot since the surgery. But the stretching and all gets the blood circulating, and blood circulation an incredibly important fuckin' thing. I also box like ten rounds a day when I'm at home, hitting the bag, and just working on things. So… You can't do that sorta thing loaded, or back on the drugs or junk or whatever. So let all the fuckin' naysayers fuckin' take a walk in my fuckin' shoes. They can be sweating and saying I give up, after ten minutes of my workout. Things are so much better though. I could tell — directly after surgery I could tell — that the doctor had fixed what was killing me for so long. He fixed it. Three ruptured discs, you know? So anyway, I sit here with titanium in my back, telling you that the more work you put in, the better you'll feel. However, it's still, three years later, a day to day thing. It really is. You know, a turn of the weather, or a drop in pressure, God knows. You know… It is what it is though.

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Well, I can fuckin' relate to what Phil is fuckin' saying about that fuckin' back pain and all... but I refused the fuckin' Lyrica. That fuckin' shit has too many fuckin' side-effects.

Now that that's out of the fuckin' way... :lol:

Interesting (or maybe not) side-note:

I believe that Antiquiet is the site that posted the GNR masters. I assume this interview means that this dude is back in business full time.


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Holland's FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with DOWN/ex-PANTERA bassist Rex Brown. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On PANTERA's influence on younger bands:

"We were the kings of metal forever. A lot of bands were influenced by PANTERA back in the day. I'm not patting myself on the back or anything, I'm just saying, we were really good at what we did. We were the kings. No questions asked."

On the end of PANTERA:

"Philip [Anselmo, DOWN/ex-PANTERA vocalist] and I wanted to do this DOWN thing. We had written all these tracks [for what turned out to be DOWN's second album] and wanted to do this. And the brothers [late PANTERA guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott and his brother, ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul] got really mad about it. 'Cause we took a year off. We needed three years off, you know what I'm saying?! But they drew an imaginary line in the sand. And I was like, 'I'm staying out of this.' Phil wanted to do SUPERJOINT RITUAL and the whole thing, and before you knew it, it was like Sammy Hagar and VAN HALEN and whatever. I didn't say a word to the press — nobody. I just sat there and hoped to my lucky stars that everybody would clean their act up and get back together. And it didn't happen. Some crazy lunatic fucking shot Dime in the head four times. He was the best man at my wedding. It's tragic, man. [It was a] lot to go through."

On whether PANTERA would have gotten back together had Dimebag not been murdered:

"Guaranteed. I would have made it happen."

On DOWN's forthcoming album:

"We have a bunch of stuff left over from the last record. What we wanna do is just go back to a bare-bones approach — get back to good old riffs, and that's the way we're gonna approach this record.

"I think right now heavy riffs are fuckin' in. And it's not that we're following any trend or anything. We went as far as we possibly could with the last record — I mean, that thing was a monster — but we don't wanna go through that period again of taking a year to put it together. For what it was, it was a great record — [it] still is, and always will be. We went really raw on the second one, and then the third one, we really wanted to delve into all kinds of different stuff."

"I'll just put it this way: Phil and I have a bunch of ideas that are recorded on tape. And he has three with the band that I played on or Kirk [Windstein, DOWN guitarist] might have played on. So there's like three heavy ones and like... I write a bunch of stuf on acoustic, but that's not gonna happen on this record. We can do that at a different time, and it'll still stand the test of time, I promise you that."

"We can go knock out a record in 15 days or 30 days, or we can... We've just gotta make it right. That's all I can say. I'm not gonna give you a date, I'm not gonna give you a time period or anything. When it comes out, it'll be bad-ass."

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Former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul is presenting Chinaman's "Rock N' Roll Comedy Experience" — a one-man show of stand-up comedy packed with dead-on celebrity and music impressions (AEROSMITH, AC/DC, MATCHBOX 20, NICKELBACK) — at the Greek Isle Casino (305 Convention Center Drive) in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesdays at 10:0 p.m. and Wednesday - Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

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On March 16, 2009, former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo spoke passionately and candidly about his music career and his history with — and the dangers of — drugs, particularly heroin, during an appearance at the Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

On his drug-abuse history:

Anselmo: "There is no reason, really, that I can point to [for why I started doing drugs]. I am extremist when it comes to everything. Anything I set my mind to, I am an absolute extremist — I cannot say it any better. And I was injured; I had a back injury from... And I don't suggest anyone do this, but I would climb up on top of PA systems and dive head first either into the waiting crowd or into the waiting concrete; it made no difference. I would attack — I would attack on stage, and I paid for it. I ultimately injured myself, and like putting a Band-Aid over a cancer... When you rupture a disk in your back, it begins this thing called degenerative disk disease, so that means the next one's going, and, obviously, the next one after that, and so on and so forth. Well, I think it was about the time when the record [PANTERA's 1994 album, 'Far Beyond Driven'] came in at No. 1. I was pretty terrified. I was happy as hell; don't get me wrong, man — I was like, 'Oh, my God, yes!' At that point, I had just gotten back from the doctor — [from having] my second MRI [done] — and I realized I had two blown-out disks. Now, in order for me to be this Superman that the media had built me out to be, I had to quell that pain. So I started off with regular painkillers and muscle relaxers. Eventually, you climb up the painkiller ladder, because painkillers lie to you; they will magnify that injury. And that's all that's on your mind — the injury and painkillers. Up the ladder I went — stronger painkillers, stronger painkillers, stronger painkillers — and you hear, and you damn well know, when your audience is looking at you different, when your bandmembers are looking at you different — 'Man, what is wrong with Phil? What is wrong with Phil?' — you get a little tired; you get weary of it. You feel like this 20-something-year-old — which I was — juggernaut, man; you wanna leap out of your skin, but you can't anymore — you can't just hang out anymore, because it hurts to hang out, or you're too loaded. And once everyone starts laying this trip on you, that's when you close the door and the needle slides in. And from that point on, you are on your own, you're on a ride, and I wouldn't suggest on anyone in this room — I wouldn't suggest on my worst enemy — this particular ride."

On whether he felt the record label glorified the drug use:

Anselmo: "Absolutely not. Normally, the record company is out of the loop, the last to know. They're mechanics. I'll tell you what happens, though. When you're signed to a big record contract — which I don't even know if it really exists anymore today; the music system is so different — but back in the '90s, when you had a record contract, you had publicists, you had a million different tentacles and satellites that were doing work for you. But normally, a publicist is the one who pushes you to have your face on the cover of these magazines — the Kurt Cobains, the Layne Staleys... Rest in peace, by the way. And me — destroyed, drug-riddled, pathetic, yellow — right there on the cover of magazines, and... you had no choice but to submit and be put under a microscope. And hey, it's a chapter of your life, man — it don't go away. And they will glorify you; when you're on top of the world, they will make you — the media, that is — they will make you... MTV, magazines, VH1 — it don't matter — they'll make you Superman. But once Superman stumbles, it's kind of like the old adage, man: Once you get big enough for your head to see over that fence, that's when people start throwing rocks at it. Once Superman trips up, man, they will judge your talent, your accomplishments, and your trip-ups, and solidify your entire life in one paragraph. And it hurts. It hurts, 'cause you know they don't know you. They don't really know you; they don't know the struggles, they don't know what it's like. Most writers and media people are wannabe musicians, anyway, that can't do it. And that's the truth."

On whether he still mistrusts the media:

Anselmo: "Absolutely. Absolutely. Because... Straight-up, man... Case in point: When PANTERA was breaking up, I was a wounded animal. My will was defeated. I could be drug one way or another. I started another band, side band — SUPERJOINT RITUAL — that turned into this other thing when PANTERA was hanging, and then this media thing. A war of words via black-and-white sentences. You sit there and you read it... Now, basically, what happened was I did this particular interview with this cat [referring to a Metal Hammer interview that was published in December 2004, just a few days before PANTERA guitarist Dimebag was murdered. — Ed.], and on the way out, we're walking off the bus, he's behind me, and he's like, 'Man, I hope this doesn't get out of hand between you and Dimebag and Vinnie.' He goes, 'Man, what would happen if they jumped you or something like that?' Got mad at me or jumped me — a very hypothetical thing. The way I speak, you know... I said something to the effect of, 'I'd kill those boys; they can't fight me. I'd kill them boys.' You read that in black and white — 'I'd kill those boys' — and it is as literal as a mofo; it is literal. And they took it very literally. And the media ran with that, man — all over the world, man. In different languages. And at that point, there's no more... There is a rift. So, yes, I don't trust the media at all unless I have to sit there and really think of a concrete answer. You can't wear your emotions on your sleeve around the media, and I do wear my emotions on my sleeve, big-time."

On whether he feels that when all that started happening, he turned more to heroin to get through the tough times:

Anselmo: "No way. I was already knee-deep in heroin, neck-deep in heroin. That made no difference. It didn't make me turn any which way or another. If anything, it made me wanna pick that phone up and go, 'Wait a minute, Dimebag. Wait a minute, Vince. This is taken way out of hand, bro.' But there was no answer at the other end of the phone, and they weren't calling me either."

On whether it was his will that eventually got him to stop picking up the needle or stop using altogether:

Anselmo: "That's a tough question right there. Once you close the door and slide that needle in, heroin is the great controller of all — every single goddamn thing you do. The way you sleep, the way you wake up in the morning and your hands reach over pathetically to get your first fix of the day, which gets you out of bed. As a matter of fact, heroin, in a nutshell... When I say it controls everything, I mean everything. People think painkillers and things like that are only numbing out pain?! You take them for long enough, they start numbing out your emotion, man. And once your emotion is numbed out, then you are controlled. It's got you. It's the most important thing in your life, whether it be this tiny little pill or this funny dust. And you're trading your family, your brothers and your sisters, the brothers and sisters you call friends on the street — lifelong friends — you'll stab them in the back, you'll break their hearts, and you won't even know it."

"You're not getting high anymore. It's fear that controls you. Because once you start chasing your own tail... There's two points here. Especially as a musician, once you start something — a band; something that's from your heart, something that's organic, from you — and I was lucky enough to have this success... I don't know about luck; I broke my back for what I believed in. I bled for my music, man. But heroin... when I say it controls all, I wasn't singing anymore about levels of confidence and power and walking and all these songs of positivity, I was singing about dope. It even comes out in your lyrics, man; it comes out in your music. You go back and listen to it, and it's like, 'Oh, my God.' You lost yourself. Yup, you sure did. You chase your tail. It's fear. The junkie fears the sickness, the illness, 'cause dope-sick ain't fun, bro. It's miserable. And the only thing that cleans it up and fixes it up is more dope. Unless you are genius enough — like I was — to start taking methadone. Once you start taking methadone, it's over for 90 percent of people. They live their lives to wake up at 9 a.m., go to the methadone clinic, their dose and go on about their lives. What happens when [hurricane] Katrina hits and then methadone clinics were closed? I'll tell you what happens. You go into the worst detox — crippling detox... I had a friend of mine who was thrown in jail during Katrina, and he was on... whatever milligram... It doesn't matter how many milligrams you're on; you're on it. He had to detox in jail, and he was so goddamn pathetic, they had to throw him in the hole by himself — take him out of the populace. The only way I can describe coming off methadone is falling from a 50-story building every three minutes of your life. Every three minutes of your life is terrifying. That's why people can't come off. You get me? It's fear. . . Once you start chasing your tail, no matter how great you were, how great you are, or whatever you think... it don't matter what the magazines say, it don't matter what your fans say; it matters what's going on with you. There's two points: high and sick. High and sick. What happens in between? Huh? Fucking zero. Zero. Lest you're out on the road, like me, and you've gotta get up in front of 20,000 people and make a rolicking ass of yourself. And get judged in print — your whole life. Microcosm in some crappy, glossy-page metal magazine. That ain't no epitaph, bro. That ain't no epitaph, ladies and gents. No way."

On how long he's been sober:

Anselmo: "Sober is a harsh word." [Interviewer clarifies: "When was the last time you picked up the needle."] "Now that is a hardcore story. I was with a friend of mine. I was home with dope. This was 2002, or 2003... I'm not gonna guess anymore, but somewhere around there. And this friend of mine, we used to party back in the day — shoot dope all the time. This guy was a little bit of a follower. Smart guy. Extremely talented. Anyway, me and him were together, we were speeding down the highway — a pitch-dark highway in Louisiana somewhere on our way to a gig. And there's two guys driving upfront. And he tells me, 'Man, I'd like to party tonight.' And I'm sitting there thinking to myself, 'Wow, it's been awhile, man. You sure? You sure?' 'Yeah, I'm sure.' So, me being the medical genius I am back then, I gave him what I'd call a 'pussy shot' — a little bit; just a little touch. And I injected him. I asked him, 'How're you feeling, bro?' And he was, like, [speaking slowly], 'Good, man.' Someone upfront asked me a question — just like that; that quick — and I turned around, I answered, I turned back around, and this dude was stiff, his eyes were closed and his lips were like that [pushing his lips together], tight. And I said, 'Hey!' I called his name several times. No answer. Boom. I'm freaking out. I grab this dude, and he is as rigid as rigor mortis. And I'm grabbing him and I'm shaking him and shaking him and I'm pulling his beard and I'm slapping his face, and I grabbed the ice cooler and I reached down his damn pants, I'm putting ice down his pants. My friend, who I've known since I was 16 years old, is overdosing. Ain't no damn hospital! Speeding down the back roads of Louisiana. I'm looking around and I'm freaking. I don't know where to tell these guys to drive, and my friend, he's dead. I freaked out and I went [makes punching motion] right in his chest. Boom. His eyes popped open. One pupil was looking this way and the other one this way — kind of like the actor Marty Feldman. And I was scared, man. He wasn't back yet, man; he looked crazy. I was thinking brain damage, retardation... I didn't know what was going on, [so] I hit him again. And his eyes went right back together. And I'm like, 'Oh, my God.' I stayed awake with him all night long. He was sleepy. Kept trying to dose off. Probably still loaded. Boom, I'd kick him. We got back to my house. I laid him out on my sofa. We stayed up 'till the sun came up. I stayed up with him. I wouldn't let him go to sleep. And this whole time, I'm sitting there thinking to myself, 'I just killed my best friend and brought him back to life.' No, I ain't a saint. I ain't no saint, man. I'm the king of liars. I'm the king of deceit. It's what heroin makes you. It's what dope makes you. Cocaine, heroin... whatever. They all go hand in hand. They're all in the same boat, and that boat sinks. It's got holes in it. And that was the last time I ever picked that damn needle up. That was the last time I did heroin."

On some of the lasting effects heroin has had on him:

Anselmo: "Lasting effects? It depends on the person. I still have friends that have been clean longer than I have, and they still have dreams about it. That's very common, too. They go to certain parts of town and they're like, 'Oh, man, that's right where I used to cop [drugs]. That's where I used to go — right down that alley, meet this guy,' and then tell the whole story. It's constant. It's constantly in your brain in one form or another. With me? I know it as enemy. That's why I'm here today, honestly. 'Cause you can't fight heroin. The only way to fight, I figure, is to wisen you people up now. And that's tough, man. 'Cause when you're in your 20s — early 20s and shit like that — your will is aloof. 'Cause your will is your path. And all I suggest is you navigate slowly. Because life is going to test you anyway. Ain't none of us born with a silver spoon, really. It don't matter what walk of life you're from, life is going to test you anyway. And point being, if you're gonna go ahead and cripple yourself on dope, number one, you're not gonna be equipped to deal with life's tests, and number two, you're either gonna end up in jail or in the morgue. And I've seen it all. I've toured with hundreds of bands; I've seen hundreds of addictions. PANTERA... Still... Still... Don't you even imagine this ain't true, and if you do, you'd better wake up and apologize — we were the hardest-drinking band on the planet. Hands down. And I'll tell you what: If Dimebag were alive today, he'd be in some severe medical difficulty, because Rex [Brown], the bass player — my bass player — drank himself so stupid, he's got pancreatitis now. He's 42 years old. 42 years old and pancreatitis.... You know what that means? That means if he takes a sip of a wine cooler, he has no idea if it's going to kill him or not. Kill him. And at one point, yeah, he was acting just like a junkie. Hiding bottles. Hiding, hiding, hiding. Any of you watch that show 'Intervention' [on the A&E network]? It's entertaining, isn't it? It's true. It's real. Rex was like any alcoholic on that damn show. He lived in California, and I swear to you, the night the entire band was going to meet and have an intervention with my bass player, he had already done himself in. And at this point... Look, man, I'm not gonna talk about the negative after this, because there is a positive side... This dude [Rex] has probably spent over a hundred thousand dollars on high-dollar, high-class detox centers. Medical help-me centers, you know. The first three times he went... 'I'm doing it for my kids.' 'I'm doing it to save my marriage,' the next time. 'I'm doing it to get back in the band,' the third time. Guess what?! Nothing worked. You know why? You've got to do it for yourself, and you have got to want it for yourself. You can speak all the language you want, 'cause you'll hear it out of the addicts. 'Oh, yeah yeah yeah, man. Oh, I'm fine.' [Addressing his mother] Mommy — my mom's here — how many times did I tell you, 'I'm fine' and I was full of shit? Hundreds? Thousands? She's telling the truth."

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Former PANTERA manager Kimberly Zide Davis, who joined Concrete Management in 1994, and served as vice president of artist management until the organization ceased operations in 2003, was interviewed for Guitar World's January 2010 issue, which pays tribute to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Guitar World: How do you think the growing rift between [singer] Phil Anselmo and the rest of [PANTERA] in the late Nineties affected Dimebag in particular?

Zide Davis: From Dime's perspective, I think it was hard for him to understand how you can be in a band with someone, and one day they're great and they're your buddy, and then all of sudden they're dark and not the person they were for the last 10 years. I think for Dime, in particular, it was really hard. He and Philip had been really close. And they were also the two main creative people — a lot of the interaction in the band in that regard was between the two of them. All of a sudden it was like Philip was on another planet.

Guitar World: Following the aborted tour for "Reinventing The Steel" in 2001, was there ever a point where you felt you were close to getting Phil and the band together again?

Zide Davis: Unfortunately, no. I don't think that moment ever existed. I literally spent the years from 2001 to 2003 trying all that I could with Concrete to get them to communicate. But numerous conference calls and other things were set up, and Philip never responded — or in some cases he responded in the press rather than actually just communicating with the rest of us. So I don't believe it would have been fixable. Twenty years down the line, who knows? But when people say, "If Dime had lived, do you think PANTERA would have gotten back together?" I would have to say, from the point that I know Vinnie [Paul Abbott, Dimebag's brother and former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer] and Dime were at when Dime was killed, no.

Guitar World: When Dime and Vinnie formed DAMAGEPLAN, do you feel it was with the intent that there was no going back to PANTERA?

Zide Davis: I believe their intention was for DAMAGEPLAN to be their band for the rest of their lives. I saw them play twice with that band, and it was really endearing to me, because there had been a point in time where they didn't know if they would ever play again. They had been burned, and hard. Dime picked up the pieces and he moved on. But it wasn't easy, and I think he was very clear about the fact that it wasn't easy.

Guitar World: Do you think they always hoped that one day PANTERA would reunite?

Zide Davis: Sometime toward the latter half of 2003 I remember having a conversation with Dime where he said, "I'm officially finished. I'm picking up and I'm moving on." Until then, he and Vinnie hadn't been able to move on. They felt very stuck in a pattern that just went around in circles. And it wasn't until they were both at peace with the fact that PANTERA was done that they started doing DAMAGEPLAN.

Guitar World: Is there still no interaction between Phil and Vinnie?

Zide Davis: There is not. And I don't believe there ever will be. And truthfully, I don't know if they would be interacting even if Dime hadn't been murdered. But his death sealed it. I don't think Vinnie will ever be able to communicate with Philip again, and I don't really blame him on a lot of levels.

During the Guitar World interview, Zide Davis also revealed plans for PANTERA to release 20th-anniversary reissues of the "Cowboys From Hell" (in 2010), "Vulgar Display Of Power" (in 2012) and "Far Beyond Driven" (in 2014) albums containing extra material.

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At Wednesday's (February 17) press conference in Los Angeles to announce the nominees of nine different categories for the second annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott (HELLYEAH, PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) told Liz Ohanesian of LA Weekly that his next venture is a cookbook called "Drumming up an Appetite with Vinnie Paul", which he says he would like to release towards the end of the year.

"It's got a picture of me sitting behind a drum set with a turkey leg in one hand and a chicken leg in another," he said.

Paul told a little bit about his favorite dishes. " I love cooking fajitas. I'm from Texas and it's not a difficult thing to do, but a lot of people burn the chicken."

He's also a fan of stuffed jalapeños. " I take fresh jalapeños, put cream cheese on them, maybe a little fajita seasoning, cheddar cheese on top and the key ingredient, which I learned in Australia, is barbecue sauce. Don't put hot sauce on it, just a little barbecue sauce on them. Put them on the grill."

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A new PANTERA greatest-hits collection will be made available on March 30, titled "1990-2000: A Decade Of Domination", according to The Pulse of Radio. No details of what will be included on the release have been announced yet. Meanwhile, vinyl reissues of the band's three biggest albums — "Cowboys From Hell", "Vulgar Display Of Power" and "Far Beyond Driven" — are scheduled to surface on April 17. A 20th-anniversary remastered edition of "Cowboys", with bonus tracks and new artwork, is also expected to appear later in the year.

Former PANTERA manager Kimberly Zide Davis, who joined Concrete Management in 1994, and served as vice president of artist management until the organization ceased operations in 2003, was interviewed for Guitar World's January 2010 issue, which paid tribute to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. During the chat she stated, "[In 2010], we're going to do a 20th-anniversary re-release of 'Cowboys From Hell'. There will be some extra stuff people haven't heard before, deluxe packaging, digital remastering... I wish there was more [previously unreleased material], but that's one thing about PANTERA; they didn't do extra material. What they did is what everybody got. They didn't do throwaway songs. . . We're [also] going to re-release the entire catalog on vinyl. And then in 2012 we'll do the 20th-anniversary deluxe reissue of 'Vulgar Display Of Power', and then the same for 'Far Beyond Driven' in 2014. There are also a few other things we're working on, like trying to come up with a good way to get live shows out to fans, whether through downloads or a web site or some other avenue. And hopefully we'll release a fourth home video. The footage is definitely there. It's just a matter of getting it all together."

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Justin M. Norton of About.com recently conducted an interview with Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA, Housecore Records). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

About.com: Housecore Records was started two years ago. What do you have planned for the label in the coming year?

Anselmo: It's going to be brought to the next level, mainly because the projects we are working with have their stuff together. A lot of bands find themselves trying to meet deadlines and regretting a record later. I've been in that position a bunch of times. There's always stuff on a record you think you could have done better. I like my bands to be relaxed and happy with their product, so I don't put any time limits on them. Like Orson Welles said in the commercial, "We shall sell no wine before its time."

About.com: One of the best known bands on the roster is EYEHATEGOD. Do you see their next album being released on your label?

Anselmo: That's always been the plan. I won't hold anyone to anything. I can say yes, but if it didn't happen there would be no skin. But going with the more positive "yes, it is" direction — they've had these five songs floating out there. I have the demos at home so I know they have the stuff. I think they'll have an opportunity to do a few different runs even though they'll be touring Europe. They are busy. But I'm looking forward to it. If there is anybody out there that screams at (guitarist) Jimmy Bower to get in there and do the record, it's me. He always has an answer, even if it isn't what I want to hear.

About.com: Would that be your breakthrough release?

Anselmo: I would say them, or CROWBAR. We have so many contrasting styles on the label now. That will be more evident in the upcoming year. Anything is possible. As far as a breakthrough records, the fact that EYEHATEGOD is well known certainly doesn't hurt. They are an established act, but we have new bands that will appeal to certain audiences as well and are great at what they do. There is always potential. Not to mention… if I do something, and I'm going to create something, I'll do it on my label.

About.com: Do you see yourself moving away from music and more into a supportive role by managing the label and producing artists or will music continue to be a significant part of your life?

Anselmo: I can't let go of music, nor should I. I'm playing guitar with ARSON ANTHEM and our second album will be out this year, sometime in early June. The record is called "Insecurity Notoriety". Mike (Williams) from EYEHATEGOD sings and Hank III plays drums. ARSON ANTHEM is something I love to do. I love playing guitar and writing guitar parts and I need to keep jamming. I've got a fire in my belly. By the end of the year, DOWN might be writing new stuff. I see many things in the future and it's good to have things to look forward to.

About.com: A lot had been written this year about the fifth anniversary of Dime's [PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott] passing. Is it difficult to revisit what's one of the most difficult experiences of your life?

Anselmo: Each year gets harder. This was a very tough year and a very tough December. When an artist dies that means so much to people he doesn't go away. You still hear about Elvis. We hear about Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Layne Staley. The list is long and it's a sad one. It is hard for me? I respect the love. I know I will never have another person like this in my life… Dimebag Darrell. To know that there is no tomorrow with him in it is crushing. He was a man of the world and a man of the people. He was very real, very vibrant. So it get tougher every year. I keep my PANTERA and Dimebag to me. That's Phil's stuff. I have so many recordings that the world will never hear…well, I can't say ever. I have recordings of us doing the most ridiculous things. Traditional thinking would be to shrink wrap it and sell it, but Housecore is a new chapter, a new page.

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For "Record Store Day," Rhino will offer deluxe vinyl releases of PANTERA's "Cowboys From Hell", "Vulgar Display Of Power" and "Far Beyond Driven". Each album has been cut from the original, high-definition maters and expanded to a 2-LP set for ultimate sound, available for a suggested price of $24.98 each. The blistering metal triumvirate captures the Texas quartet at its best, including the classics "Mouth For War", "Walk", "Cemetery Gates" and "I'm Broken". "Cowboys From Hell" and "Vulgar Display Of Power" both feature all artwork and photos from their original release, while "Far Beyond Driven" features the infamous "drill bit" album cover, which is being released for the first time in the U.S. Each will be available at independently owned music stores on Saturday, April 17.

"Record Store Day" celebrates the continued existence of independent record stores, mostly through live in-store appearances, performances and special limited-edition releases that will only be sold through participating stores on the day itself, which is April 17 this year.

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In a recent interview with Noisecreep's "Creep Show", vocalist Philip Anselmo revealed that the door's always open for his former PANTERA bandmate and drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott to come back into his life.

"He can come through that door with fifths, a handshake — any of the above — just as long as he comes, because I love the guy," Anselmo said. "I love him. I love Vince. He's a big part of my life, man. I just want to say on my end, I am an open door. I am an open door."

Anselmo remains hopeful that Vinnie Paul will one day be able to forgive him for disparaging remarks Philip made to England's Metal Hammer magazine about Vinnie's brother "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott shortly before Dimebag was murdered while performing with Vinnie in Columbus, Ohio with DAMAGEPLAN. In the meantime, he can take some consolation in knowing that Dimebag's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney has reopened the lines of communication with him.

"Rita and I met for the first time in a long time, since a lot of rocks had been thrown in my direction, and we worked things out to a good point," Anselmo said. "She had some very strong points to make, important questions to ask me; and for me it was a very tremendous night.

"Just simply put, when something that traumatic happens to a group of people there is an element of madness — and I'm not talking about anger — it's madness, man," Anselmo continued. "And in all honesty, it's real easy for me to sit here and say, 'Well, we should have all come together. It would have helped the healing process a lot quicker.'

"But I can't speak for everybody, and I'm not going to. But it was very good that we did meet again, because we are friends. And that's the truth. And I've e-mailed with her back and forth here and there. And everything's very friendly. We touched base this past December, which was good, which was healthy. I needed to. This past year was probably the toughest year without Darrell. It just keeps getting tougher and tougher."

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Rick Florino of Bloody-Disgusting.com recently conducted an interview with DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno. An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Bloody-Disgusting.com: What's your favorite memory from the PANTERA and WHITE ZOMBIE "War of the Gargantuas" tour in 1996?

Chino: "Man, I've got a lot of memories from that tour that I can't tell because they would just indict too many people [Laughs]. Honestly, that was probably one of the wildest and most fun tours. We were very lucky to do that tour because I feel like that those were some of the days of the way the road probably used to be before the new era of touring began — which I guess isn't as debauchery-ridden as it used to be [Laughs]. It was great to feel like we had a part in some of the final days of that. Those were wild times. There was a lot of gambling. A really good story involved Stephen [Carpenter, DEFTONES guitarist] and Dimebag Darrell [PANTERA guitarist]. At that point of the tour, about a few weeks in, Dimebag was down a few grand, and Stephen was just coming in and cleaning house. It's funny because we were like the poorest band out there. 'Adrenaline' had just come out and we didn't have any money. After the show was over, PANTERA would host these huge dice games in their dressing room. They'd have free-for-all Taco Bell, 'Blacktooth Grins' and beers. The guys from WHITE ZOMBIE and PANTERA would be there gambling, and they were going big money. We'd come in with five or ten dollars here and there. Basically, in the middle of the tour, Stephen was up a few G's which was straight loot for us at that time. I could tell Dimebag wanted his money back [Laughs]. I told Steph to tell Dimebag that they'd go for one roll to get all of his money back or Stephen gets Dimebag's Washburn 'Stars and Bars' guitar. At that time, Stephen probably wouldn't have even played it but he could've put in his guitar boat. Just to have it would've been sick! We thought it'd be a good one to have. Dimebag went for it and Stephen lost, so Dimebag got all of his money back [Laughs]. There's no big story to tell, other than it could've been a great tale if we had that guitar but Stephen had to go lose. Like I said, that was one of the most fun tours I've ever done in my whole life. Phil [Anselmo, PANTERA frontman] kind of took me under his wing. He basically showed me the ropes of touring in a lot of ways. It was really neat. All of those guys were really good to us."

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