During an in-studio appearance on the “Rover’s Morning Glory” syndicated radio show hosted by Shane “Rover” French, former PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer 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.
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]”