Pantera member Rex Brown recently shared a throwback photo of him with the band’s late drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott. It comes after a week after it was confirmed that Rex and singer Philip Anselmo will tour as Pantera.
Rex Brown was spotted with Vinnie Paul on a boat
Earlier today (Wednesday, July 20), the bassist tweeted out what appears to be a late-1980s picture of him with Vinnie Paul on a small boat, and he included the following message: “Me & Vinnie Paul back in our boating adventure days!! Forgot to put the plug in one day & sunk that old monster…Grateful memories!!”
Me & Vinnie Paul back in our boating adventure days!! Forgot to put the plug in one day & sunk that old monster…Grateful memories!! pic.twitter.com/KIkIsyesIA
— REX BROWN (@REJASFROMTEJAS) July 20, 2022
Vinnie passed away on June 22, 2018 at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 54. He died of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His death was the result of chronic weakening of the heart muscle — basically meaning his heart couldn’t pump blood as well as a healthy heart.
It was on July 14 that it was confirmed Anselmo and Brown, along with guitarist Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne , Black Label Society) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax), will headline a number of major festivals across North America and Europe and stage some of their own headline concerts under the Pantera banner.
According to Billboard, the lineup has been given a green light by the estates of the band’s founders, Vinnie and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, as well as Brown, who last year said Wylde wouldn’t tour with Pantera if a reunion were to happen. It’s unclear what changed his mind.