As some of you might know, Dimebag Darrell was murdered by a deranged fan on December 8, 2004, at the age of 38. He was beloved by many Pantera fans and rock & roll music listeners.
Recently, his former bandmate Rex Brown was asked what he did when Dimebag Darrell was murdered. Rex Brown said:
“After Dime got murdered, instead of going to someplace like freaking Wyoming or somewhere and get my head together, I had to keep working.
“I moved out to California and I just used a different name, and I played on probably 50 records at Ocean Way [Studio] – that was our favorite room to work.
“I’ve always kept busy, and then Down came right after that, did that for another six years; and then Kill Devil Hill, and then finally about the end of that I’ve been doing this on the road for, damn, near 30 years.
“And I was just burnt, I mean, I got to get home and like – what does the grass feel like, underneath your toes, you know? My kids were about 14, I just said, ‘I’ve got to take two years off.’ And eight months later I was back in the studio somewhere.
“That’s just always been my deal. Since then, I haven’t been back on the road except for one European tour in 2017.
“I miss the camaraderie of playing with guys in a room and jamming, I do plenty of that, but I don’t miss all the grinding 22 hours of the day, sitting around, wondering what’s in the fridge, what you’re gonna eat.
“I don’t miss that at all, so I think I’ve done my time in hell, and we’ve got some things in the coffer that are looking good as soon as things open up. It’s about safety for everyone – for me, it is, I don’t want to get anybody sick.”
Here’s the interview: