Former PANTERA singer Terrence Lee “Terry” Glaze says that he was surprised by how negatively Vinnie Paul Abbott was portrayed in Rex Brown‘s book, explaining that “if anybody deserves a break,” it is the ex-PANTERA drummer.
Glaze was the frontman of PANTERA during the band’s early’-’80s “party metal” phase and sang on the group’s first three albums. After leaving PANTERA, Glaze formed the band LORD TRACY.
Noting that he “roomed with Vince the whole time” he was in PANTERA, Glaze told the “Full In Bloom” podcast that he “just couldn’t believe how harsh Rex was on Vinnie” in his 2013 memoir, “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”. “I mean, it was just a family-type thing, and all the history they’d been together, I just couldn’t imagine doing that,” Terry said (hear audio below). “Even if you felt that way, I couldn’t imagine doing it out in public.”
Glaze said that the last time he saw Vinnie was when he attended “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott‘s funeral in December 2004, just days after the PANTERA guitarist was killed while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag, who was Vinnie‘s brother, was shot onstage by Nathan Gale. He was 38 years old.
“I saw Vince at Darrell‘s funeral, and all I know is I can’t imagine what Vince has to go through every single day when he wakes up, and I don’t ever wanna know,” Terry said. “If anybody deserves a break, I would think it’d be Vince.”
Asked if Rex wrote any of the PANTERA music while Terry was in the band, the singer said, “Not that I remember.”
According to Glaze, the relationships between the PANTERA members were relatively normal while he was in the band. “I don’t think anybody was difficult when there was no money involved and we were just doing it ’cause we loved it; everybody was pretty easy,” he said. “I can’t imagine how hard it might have been once finances got involved. That’s usually where the difficult part comes in — probably when they started getting really big. That would be my guess.”