Cutter of Envision Radio Networks' "Hangar 19" recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA/DOWN and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
Brown's memoir, "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera", was released on March 12 via Da Capo Press. The 320-page book is described as a "starkly honest and revealing" book about Rex's time in one of the most influential and enduringly popular bands in heavy metal history, offering Brown's shocking personal insight into a band that had swapped the grimy clubs of Texas for arenas around the world but whose story would ultimately be touched by tragedy.
Asked by NoTreble.com what made him decide to write this book now, Brown said: "Someone just approached me. I was going through the tail end of the DOWN thing where we were sitting on our thumbs and I had nothing to do. I got approached by a friend of a friend and we just managed to tell some stories.
"As far as it coming out now, it's like, why wait until you're dead to write something? I just felt like why put something out that's not going to be relevant, because PANTERA is still relevant. We still have fans from the old days and we have new fans that are getting turned on to us.
"I was never one to say anything in the press. I didn't want to get caught up in the whole mess. I just never said anything in the press and I felt it was time to go ahead and speak up. That's it. No pre-contrived anything. I just wrote a book. Take it or leave it. If you don't like it — which I doubt — then don't read it."
On the topic of what he wants people to take from his story, Rex said: "Whatever they want out of it. I'm just telling my side of the tale. Like I said, it's not some bible of what happened in PANTERA, it's just my side of the story and that's all there is to it. There's no B.S. in it. It is official truth from where I was sitting, and I had the really good seats. There's only four guys who knew what went down in that band and one is no longer with us. I can only tell my side of the story. You can get analytical with it or whatever you want with it, but as far as I'm concerned, I couldn't be happier with it. For my first book, I don't think it's too bad. I probably have two or more left in me. It was an interesting process and very cathartic. It is what it is."