Pantera Side Projects Invade America

After basically touring non-stop for roughly 12 years, the boys in Pantera are ready to take a break. But, it looks like a break for Pantera doesn’t necessarily mean a break for the members. The cowboys from hell will be spitting out side projects left and right this coming year. Starting with a New Year’s Eve performance at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas, TX by Gasoline – a metallic southern rock side project of Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell.
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Gasoline, consisting of Pantera’s Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrel, Pupjack vocalist Thurber T., and Minugs bassist Sean Time will be playing a New Year’s Eve bash at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas, TX. Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell will be playing acoustic versions of “Got Me Wrong” and “Rooster”; as well as, Drowning Pool, Sevendust, and Union Underground also being scheduled on the bill.
Now that’s a New Year’s Eve party worth going to! Sure beats hanging with Dick Clark…. Anyway…
Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown also have a side project up their sleeve. Down, which has become known as metal’s underground supergroup, will be releasing their second album in March of 2002. The group consisting of Anselmo, Brown, COC’s Pepper Keenan, Eye Hate God’s Jimmy Bower, and Crowbar’s Kirk Windstein are readying the album as we speak. The effort from the life long friends, all hailing from New Orleans (sans Brown), has been described as “A rabid Sabbath-on-Moonshine extravaganza”. “We do this shit for fun,” says Phil. “Down is about the pure love of playing the kind of music that is imbedded in our souls.”
If this one is anything like the first effort from Down, it will be one of the best albums of the year…
Then, get ready. Sometime between March and Summer the release of “Rebel Meets Rebel” will hit the stores. “Rebel Meets Rebel” is the current name of the collaboration between Pantera’s Paul, Darrell, Brown, and country star David Allen Coe. The music is being called “a heavy metal hoe-down” and reportedly six songs have been completed.
It’s rumored that the title track of “Rebel Meets Rebel” will be a duet between Anselmo and Coe… I gotta hear that…
Finally, Pantera is currently preparing footage for the upcoming DVD release. The release is tentatively titled “Pantera 4” and will be another documentation of the past 3 years of Pantera doing what they do best… playing live and raising hell.
Those of us ready for another Pantera studio album will have to wait. . According to Paul, “weve been on tour basically non-stop for 12 years and weve really never taken any time off. So at the end of our last tour we were like, Look, we all have some side projects we want to get out of the way. Theres no hurry to get back in the studio, but when we all feel comfortable and ready to go well do it.” Looks unlikely that another studio release from the southern trendkillers will happen any earlier than 2003.

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