Former PANTERA Singer Says Reunion Is A Way 'To Celebrate The Music'

January 9, 2023

Former PANTERA singer Terry Glaze has called the band's current comeback a "good thing", saying that it's a great way to celebrate the music of the Texan metallers. Glaze, who fronted the band during their glam years in the early-to-mid-1980s, made his comments while speaking to Eonmusic in a brand new interview.

Glaze, who is now involved in a number of projects, including EVEL FREHLEY, spoke candidly about his time in PANTERA, working with the late Abbott brothers Vinnie Paul and "Dimebag" Darrell, and their passing, during the chat.

On meeting and forming a band with Dime and Vinnie, Terry said: "We wanted to play with the best drummer we could find, and the best drummer in our school was Vince Abbott. So we got together and jammed, and we tried to get him to play with us. The agreement was that we would take his little brother Darrell who was in middle school. We weren't really interested in a young kid in middle school, but we reluctantly agreed, thank goodness. We were lucky enough to do that."

Going on to talk about his desire to see the band's early output reissued — 1983's "Metal Magic", 1984's "Projects In The Jungle" and 1985's "I Am The Night" — he said: "I think that it would be a great thing for everybody to get to hear more Darrell, and so that's where I stand with it. It would be amazing. You could do a big box with everything, and it would just be cool."

He continued: "You see them all over the planet. I bought copies of CDs that that are pressed out that are that are not legal — bootlegs — but, you know, that's the only way to get copies of all this stuff now."

When Eonmusic noted that PANTERA bassist Rex Brown had said the brothers were "dead against" any re-release of those early albums in a 2021 interview with the site, Terry countered: "As far as what the band with the brothers, how they felt, that comes up even to this day, doesn't it? So, you know, people change their minds, and business opportunities happen and what are you going to do?"

When asked about his thoughts on the recent PANTERA's current comeback tour, featuring Brown and surviving vocalist Philip Anselmo alongside guitarist Zakk Wylde and drummer Charlie Benante, Terry said: "I just feel kind of the same way I feel about VAN HALEN; it would be difficult for me to think that that was VAN HALEN without Eddie Van Halen, and Alex is still alive. Imagine if Eddie and Alex are gone, and then it was VAN HALEN. It's just hard for us old people."

He continued: "But you know, man, more power to everybody to get to celebrate the music and get together and have fellowship. I especially think about all the young people who never got to see them, now they get to finally go out and celebrate those songs. That means so much to them and that music means so much to a lot of people around the whole planet. So more power to them to celebrate music. Anything that gets people out, live together for rock and roll, that's a good thing."

Read the full interview at Eonmusic.

In 2021, Brown dismissed the first three PANTERA albums, telling Eonmusic it was with the addition of Anselmo that the PANTERA story really began.

"The old singer? Shit, it was going nowhere really quick," Rex said. "He just was not on the same wavelength as the three of us. The dude's never had a job in his life. I see him shootin' his mouth off in some of these magazines, and it's, like, 'Dude, you were in the band for fuckin' four years,' you know what I'm saying? 'Now you're wanting claim to fame 35 years later? Sorry, pal, you missed the boat!' So I don't want to give any credit where it's fuckin' undue, you know? Once we got Philip in the band, it developed into something else, and that was the PANTERA that we know now, and that's why we never talk about those old records."

Looking back, Brown conceded: "Hey, look, it's great to go back memory lane and all that kind of stuff, but those are the farthest things that I wake up for in the first of the morning. 'Oh, remember that one tune 'Nothing On (But The Radio)', and the singer?' No! I mean, I hate fucking songs like that, but it was a growing process, and now, because the things are out, and they've been bootleged a hundred thousand times, people consider it a part of our history. It's not. Unless Philip's singing on it, it's not PANTERA. That's the way I look at it."

When asked outright to clarify that he had absolutely no desire to ever see those records reissued, officially, Rex was emphatic; "God no, god no! The brothers were against that, and I'm against it, and that's just it. Period. It ain't coming out."

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