In the April/May 2014 issue of Revolver
magazine, the surviving members of PANTERA
— vocalist Philip Anselmo
, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott
and bassist Rex Brown
— speak about the making of the band's classic 1994 album, "Far Beyond Driven"
, which is being re-released next week as a 20th-anniversary, two-disc edition. The new version will include a newly remastered version of the original recordings along with a new live performance from the 1994 Monsters Of Rock
Speaking about PANTERA
's touring activities that followed the release of "Far Beyond Driven"
, Vinnie Paul
said: "When we went on the road, that's when the wheels started coming off and people didn't know what other people were doing. Phil
had his own bus. Things started turning into what they turned into in the end.
started isolating himself from the rest of us. It got to the point where we wouldn't see each other until about 20 or 30 minutes before showtime. You never knew if he was going to be in a shitty mood or a good mood. You just hoped it was good enough to get through the show. That's truly where some of the shows started lacking. They weren't as good as they used to be, and he would start his rants and go on for 20 minutes while we stood around and looked at him, like, 'What the fuck are you saying to these people, dude? They want to hear us play some songs. Let's play some music.'"
: "The touring was really a mixed bag for me. The [chronic back] pain was intense, but the thrill was still there much of the time, and when I was onstage, that part of it I enjoyed very much. But during this time, I was drinking an entire bottle of Wild Turkey every night before a show to numb the pain I was experiencing.
"I felt trapped, man. I felt lost even trying to explain to the guys in my band, who were so used to seeing Superman
up onstage, that I was not Superman
anymore. I felt like a trapped animal, honestly. I felt cornered and very confused.
"The words that would come out of my mouth [while we were on stage] were abrasive. I was lashing out at other bands when I really had no business mentioning other bands during a PANTERA
show. I was going slowly insane throughout the touring of this record, whether it be from pills, alcohol, or the mental stress from carrying around the chronic pain along with the addiction."
broke up in 2003, Vinnie Paul
and his brother, PANTERA
guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott
. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN
at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag
was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale
. He was 38 years old.
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