Two-Disc Anniversary Edition of Pantera’s Metal Milestone Includes Newly Remastered Version Of Original Album, Plus A Live Performance From The 1994 Monsters of Rock Festival Available From Rhino On March 25
Pantera reached a major milestone in 1994 when the legendary metal band’s seventh studio album, Far Beyond Driven, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, becoming the fastest-selling album of the group’s career and its second consecutive platinum release. Not only a commercial success, the album also earned positive reviews around the world for the beautiful brutality of its all-out sonic assault.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of that landmark album and Rhino is celebrating with a special two-disc version that includes a newly remastered version of the album, along with a live performance from the 1994 Monsters of Rock Festival. FAR BEYOND DRIVEN: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be available on March 25. A digital version will also be available.
Following the breakthrough success of 1992’s Vulgar Display of Power – which has since been certified double platinum – singer Philip Anselmo, guitarist Dimebag Darrell, bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul returned in March 1994 with Far Beyond Driven. Following its #1 debut, FAR BEYOND DRIVEN remained on the Billboard album chart for seven more months and many still regard it as the heaviest album to ever top the chart.
Its 12 tracks represented a continuation of the previous album’s relentless musical onslaught with hard-hitting tracks like the first single “I’m Broken” as well as the mosh-pit classics “5 Minutes Alone” and “Slaughtered.” Another standout track was the group’s swirling acoustic cover of Black Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan,” which became a live favorite when Pantera hit the road to support the album later that year.
Fans already familiar with FAR BEYOND DRIVEN are in for a treat with the second disc of the 20th Anniversary Edition. Dubbed FAR BEYOND BOOTLEG – LIVE FROM DONINGTON ’94, the disc contains Pantera full live set recorded at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Donington, England on June 4, 1994. The 40-minute show comprises nine tracks taken from the band’s three most recent albums including: “Use My Third Arm” and “Strength Beyond Strength” from Far Beyond Driven, “Walk,” “Mouth For War,” and “This Love” off of Vulgar Display of Power, plus the title track from Cowboys from Hell as well as the live staple melding “Domination” and “Hollow.”
FAR BEYOND DRIVEN: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Disc One – Original Album Remastered
1. “Strength Beyond Strength”
3. “5 Minutes Alone”
4. “I’m Broken”
5. “Good Friends And A Bottle Of Pills”
6. “Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks”
8. “25 Years”
9. “Shedding Skin”
10. “Use My Third Arm”
11. “Throes Of Rejection”
12. “Planet Caravan”
Disc Two – Far Beyond Bootleg – Live From Donington ‘94
1. “Use My Third Arm”
3. “Strength Beyond Strength”
6. “Fucking Hostile”
7. “This Love”
8. “Mouth For War”
9. “Cowboys From Hell”
Pantera/Morbid Angel Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR February 8, 2001
Review by Michael de los Muertos
Pictures and Commentary by Ice Maiden
I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with arena shows. While I’ve seen some excellent concerts in large venues, like most metalheads the intimate feeling of a small club is vastly preferable in many ways. Unfortunately when your town is suffering a drought of metal club shows as Portland has been for the last several months, you tend to look upon arena shows as the last bastion of the scene. Local clubs and promoters may not have the balls to put money on the line to bring an underground metal band to town, but the big concert promoters still smell a buck or two on the wind with the big-name acts like Pantera…right?
This interview took place this summer just after the LP came out. It began as a late night/early morning talk while watching Philip’s interview with Loyola University on You Tube and how he would be very interesting to talk to. Shortly thereafter, I was on the phone talking to him about the new album, his label Housecore Records, his book, his film & music festival and Pantera’s POWER METAL album.
Philip Anselmo has put together a series of, well, intimidating but humorous video clips in anticipation of his “Technicians of Distortion” tour that kicks of July 31. The clips instruct fans as to what Anselmo expects of them at the shows. So far, two have been made available, and you can see them here: Read the rest of this entry »
Former Pantera bassist Rex Brown has been speaking to Big Music Geek about his recent musical dealings, as well as the prospect of a Pantera reunion. According to Brown, rumors that the famed metal group may be getting back together with Zakk Wylde replacing the late Dimebag Darrell are completely unfounded:
“People actually believe in blogs. They read that and it becomes a myth and then people think that it’s actually true. And that’s what kills me about some of these editorial social networks. That actually have nothing better to do but give you stuff that’s not true, ya know? Something that’s really not happening, ya know? They’re like ‘Here comes the three-legged dog’. What the fuck? That’s not news. Tell me something good, ya know? There’s nothing else to tell.
“I haven’t talked to Zakk Wylde about any of this stuff. In fact, I have talked to him about the situation and we just laugh, ya know? No, there’s no truth to that.”
While Brown states that he would never say never to a reunion, he questions whether it would be right to reform without Dime, or his brother Vinnie, who is currently not on speaking terms with the other band members:
“Look, I never say never. Phil [Anselmo] and I have opened our arms up to Vinnie many a times and without Vinnie and without Dime, it just ain’t right. Especially without Dime, ya know? It’d be a hard place to fill … I was watching a video this fan sent me yesterday. I clicked on the link and checked it out. I don’t watch the old stuff. I like to move on with my musical journey, but I went back and watched this thing and it kind of got me teary-eyed, ya know? That’s just how bad ass this band was.”
DIMEBAG DARRELL – Wax Figure At Rock Legend Wax Museum
The Metal Den reports – Late great PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott has been honored today with his own wax figure during an unveiling ceremony in Niagra Falls, Ontario at the Rock Legend Wax Museum.
From Rock Legend Wax Museum:
“From the early pioneers of rock n’ roll to present day musicians, the realism and authentic detail of our life-size wax figures will astound you! All of our one-of-a-kind originals are sculpted by local Niagara Falls artist Pasquale Ramunno, exclusively for Rock Legends! Dimebag stands out as one of the greatest musicians to ever play heavy metal music and though he has been gone since 2004 his wax figure stands as a true testimony to the incredible love he enjoyed and still enjoys to this very day from the fans that helped make Pantera one of the most popular heavy music acts of all time.” Read the rest of this entry »
The fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods award show was held last night (Thursday, May 2nd) at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California.
During the ceremony, ANTHRAX were joined by ex-PANTERA members Phil Anselmoand Rex Brown for a rendition of the Pantera classic, ‘This Love’, dedicated to late SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman. Video of the performance can be seen below:
At 11 AM, PST on May 2nd, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed away near his Southern California home; he was 49 years old. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.
An updated version of VH1′s “Behind The Music” documentary on PANTERA, “Behind The Music Remastered: Pantera”, will premiere on VH1 Classic in the U.S. on Saturday, April 6 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The new version contains fresh interviews with those who also lost loved ones the night PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was murdered in Columbus, Ohio, as well as with PANTERA members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass), and Dimebag’s longtime girlfriend, Rita Haney.
The original “Behind The Music” episode on PANTERA had its premiere in May 2006. The program included interviews with the surviving members of PANTERA — Anselmo, Vinnie Paul Abbott (drums), and Brown — along with appearances by Guy Sykes (tour manager), Walter O’Brien (manager), Terry Date (producer), several members of PANTERA’s/DAMAGEPLAN’s crew, and Haney.
“Sorry for your fucked up, retarded, asinine program that smeared my name to the goddamn toilets of every house in America,” Anselmo says about the original show in one of the newly filmed interview clips that is included in the “Remastered” version of the episode. “You motherfuckers didn’t have to live with it, I did. I resent it — still resent it.”
Philip claims that since PANTERA ended, he has become a totally reformed character.
“Believe me, I’ve taken a good, cold, long hard fucking stare in the mirror,” he says. “I know who the fuck I am, I know the mistakes I’ve made. Therefore, I can move on.”Read the rest of this entry »
MD has obtained rare audio of late great guitarist Dimebag Darrell (PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN) jamming at Z-rock radio station on Nov 1, 1990 in
Dallas, Texas. By request Dimebag cranks out some Slayer riffs and does not disappoint. You will also hear brother Dime take his stab at ZZ TOP
and MOTLEY CRUE.
Do you believe in miracles? PANTERA fans do. Since being started just
over a week ago, an exciting new cause launched by TMD on Facebook has
quickly gained 500 members. The cause is calling for Dimebag Darrell’s
last studio tracks (meant for the 2nd Damageplan album) to be instead
produced as the final record by the legendary Cowboys From Hell.
When it comes to rock n roll hotels, the Sanctum in Soho is right up there, and as such it’s roof terrace bar seems like a natural place to meet two of metal’s brothers-in-arms Chad Gray (Mudvayne) and Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Damageplan). Such introduction’s are clearly unnecessary, but today talk is of heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah and the new album Band of Brothers, which by all accounts is ‘the record that people expected of us from the start’. As we talk the album, touring, the end of the world, and seriously expensive drinks, with these two it can only be the real deal..
Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) recently answered a number of fan-submitted questions via his official YouTube channel.
Good memories: Dime, Zakk, and Kerry.
When asked about former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott’s recent comment that if PANTERA ever reformed, Zakk would be the man to replace the band’s late guitarist — and Vinnie’s brother — “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, Zakk said (see video below), “My thoughts on the PANTERA thing… Everybody’s been asking me about it now, too. Which is cool. I love [Vinnie Paul]. Rex [Brown, PANTERA bassist] I saw at my roast [in January]. It was great seeing Rex again. And Phil [Anselmo, PANTERA singer], I know. . . Put it this way, if the guys were ever to do that and they asked me to… Obviously, it would be to honor Dimebag’s greatness and the band’s amazing achievements. I mean, to me, as far as I’m concerned, if the guys were to do it, it would just be a celebration of everything they achieved and a celebration of Dime’s life and Dime’s greatness. So, of course, I’d be honored to play my fallen brother’s stuff, without a doubt. And I know he’d be getting a kick out if it, too. That’s for sure; he’d be laughing his ass off. But that’s all up to the guys. So whatever… I’d always be there for them. Without a doubt.”
Speaking to Cindy Scull of the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas radio station 97.1 The Eagle Rocks back in March, Vinnie Paul stated about the possibility of a PANTERA “reunion” with Wylde filling in for Dimebag. “[Zakk] and my brother were so tight. If [a PANTERA reformation] ever were to happen, [Zakk] would be the guy [to step in for Dimebag]. But I honestly think, out of respect for my brother, we should just leave the 14 amazing years PANTERA had be. We’re all happy doing our own thing. We have to continue living and do other things.”
Last month, former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo was asked by Ned of the WGRD 97.9 FM radio station in Grand Rapids, Michigan about the likelihood of a PANTERA reformation with Wylde, “That’s an interesting question,” he said. “Well, look, before anything like that could possibly happen, Vince and I would have to actually be in the same room, we’d have to sit down, hash out whatever differences, demons… whatever… we’d have to hash it all out. And as far as Zakk Wylde goes, I’m not so sold on all that, because I think he and I have to sit down and hash some crap out. That day has not come yet, and [when] that day comes, I can comment further on it. As of right now, it’s just talk.”
Former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown also addressed the possibility of Wylde taking Dimebag’s place in a reformed PANTERA. He told the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner last month, “You know, we keep hearing rumors about a reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar, and that is such bullshit. You can’t replace my brother.”
Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide To World Tour Domination
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) spoke with Billboard recently about a number of topics including his new book, Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide To World Tour Domination. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:
Billboard: What’s your number one rule when touring?
Wylde: “No crapping on the bus. You’d figure that would be rule number one for any band going out on the road. It really is amazing to this day when we’re out on the road how many people want to use the bathroom and we have to tell them that. We still have to put signs up.”
Billboard: What’s your advice about groupies?
Wylde: “People always ask me how I’ve remained faithful to my wife for 26 years. I go, ‘Well sexually I would keep it hot in the bedroom.’ Instead of having her dress up in garters and a bustier and stuff like that, I’ll have her dress up in a gorilla suit and I’ll punch out the holes for all the spots I need and that way not only do I feel like I’m conquering her, I’m also conquering wildlife…. Being out on the road is definitely a great summer trip for the kids.”
Billboard: Vinnie Paul said if Pantera reformed you’d be the man to replace Dimebag” Darrell Abbot (PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN).
Wylde: “I love all those guys. It would be an honor. How could I say no? I’d do my best to make them proud.
PHILIP ANSELMO, known as heavy metal’s most notorious vocalist, is releasing several ringtones for fans to grace their cell phones with. Ten individual ringtones have been created using Philip’s voice, ranging from hilarious to seriously badass!
“Grab one of my new ‘Craptastic’ ringtones and be the first one on your block to be full of it!” – PHILIP ANSELMO
The ringtones are available now! To download the ringtones, just text the keywords below to 69937 and your ringtone will be sent to your phone. Charges apply per ringtone.
TMD has learned from a source close to the camp of legendary ex-PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott that indeed a “large sum of money” has been put on the table to reunite him with surviving PANTERA members, vocalist Philip H. Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown for a one-off reunion/tribute event (with special fill-in guitarists), in honor of fallen brother and band mate, lead guitarist Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott, who was shot to death on stage while performing in a new project called DAMAGEPLAN on Dec 8th, 2004 at Alrosa villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio.
This source says Vinnie Paul basically laughed the offer right off the table.