Vinnie Paul Abbott has slammed Rex Brown‘s memoir as “a bunch of mythology” and has once again ruled out the possibility of any kind of reunion of surviving PANTERA members.
The former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer made his comments Wednesday (July 12) during an in-studio appearance on the “Rover’s Morning Glory” syndicated radio show hosted by Shane “Rover” French.
Asked about the way he was depicted in Brown‘s 2013 book, “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”, in which the former PANTERA bassist referred to Vinnie as “a strange person” who “was always all about the ‘party, party, party'” but “only got laid maybe one out of ten times,” the drummer said: “All I can say is that… I’ll refer to Philip‘s [Anselmo, former PANTERA singer] comment about Rex‘s book. A bunch of mythology, man. We don’t know where he came up with all this. More power to him, man.”
Vinnie was also asked about his relationship with Anselmo, with whom he has not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. Pressed about whether it’s true that he indirectly blamed Philip for the death of PANTERA guitarist — and Vinnie‘s brother — “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited the guitarist’s killer, the drummer said: “I’m just gonna say I have no comment on any of that, man. I’m beyond PANTERA. I’ve done so many other things with my life since then. And I always believe if you live in the past, you have no future. So, man, I’m happy doing what I do with HELLYEAH, and I’m gonna leave it at that.” French, at that point, asked Vinnie if we can safely assume that that there are no circumstances under which all the surviving members of PANTERA would ever get back together. Vinnie responded: “That’s a pretty damn good assumption. Yeah, man. [Laughs]”
Brown defended his comments about Vinnie Paul during a 2013 interview with the “Energize With Lonn Friend” podcast. After revealing that he sent his book to Anselmo and Vinnie Paul, the bassist said: “Apparently, Vinnie isn’t very flattered by it. Vinnie, then, he can write his own fucking book, you know. With Philip, I haven’t heard any rebuttals, but I didn’t say anything in the book that wasn’t already out there, you know what I’m saying?!”
He added: “I think the reason they haven’t talked to me is ’cause it is the fucking truth. And sometimes you don’t wanna tell the truth. And I didn’t go out of my way to maliciously hurt any individual. But at the same time, if you’re gonna tell the truth, by God, you’d better be on the skinny. And I think Mark Eglinton [Rex‘s co-author], that did this thing with me, he really just kind of…. He put me down… You know how you have your dreams that you had in high school when you’re just… you’re in your underwear. That’s the way I felt with this book. If [you’re] not [being completely truthful in your memoir], I think it’s all a bunch of charade… And why would you wanna do that?”