PANTERA's Collaboration With DAVID ALLAN COE To See Light Of Day

July 15, 2005

REBEL MEETS REBEL, the collaboration between former PANTERA members Vinnie Paul, Dimebag Darrell, and Rex Brown and country/western outlaw musician David Allan Coe, will finally see the light of day during the coming months. Coe wrote all the songs with Dimebag back in 2000, a few years before the guitarist was murdered onstage last December.

"His brother [Vinnie Paul] is tryin' to get that together," Coe told "That's gonna be a great thing."

Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Heartworn Highway", "A Man With Nothin' Ain't Got Nothin' to Lose", "One Night Stand", "New York City Streets" and "Get Outta My Life". The title track, "Rebel Meets Rebel", was previously said to be a duet with PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo.

"Being from Texas, not only do we have rock roots, but we listen to country and blues," Paul explained to MTV News in early 2000. "Before our shows, we'd play 'Jack Daniels, If You Please' off of one of [Coe's] CDs.... He caught wind of it, and we went out to see him when he played Billy Bob's. He was just a super cool dude. It was fun to check him out, and we hooked him up with a couple of our home videos, and he called us back a couple days later and just said, 'Man, these f***ing videos are incredible. I really dig what you guys do.' He knows more about PANTERA than I do now."

The fast friendship soon yielded a creative partnership, as Paul explained. "We started hooking up and jamming and doing some tunes, and they're pretty unique. Some of them are just like an up-tempo thrash metal hoedown with a country and western singer," the drummer said.

PANTERA's career overview CD, "The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!", sold 406,000 in the United States since its September 2003 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 16-song "Vulgar Hits!" CD was packaged with a bonus DVD boasting 12 videos, including two live performances. The bulk of the material was culled from the band's six major-label releases, but also included are non-album cuts "Cat Scratch Fever" (a cover of the TED NUGENT song that originally appeared on the Polygram soundtrack to "Detroit Rock City") and the BLACK SABBATH cover "Hole in the Sky", previously available only on import.

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