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Rex Brown - Train Song
Rex Brown - Train Song
Published: 2017/06/02
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Rex Brown - Crossing Lines (Lyric Video)
Rex Brown - Crossing Lines (Lyric Video)
Published: 2017/04/21
Channel: eOneMusicUS
Pantera
Pantera's Rex Brown - Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?
Published: 2016/12/14
Channel: Loudwire
Rex Brown Opens Up on Solo Album
Rex Brown Opens Up on Solo Album 'Smoke on This'
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: Loudwire
Rex Brown- Hartke Bass Clinic Highlights From Sam Ash In New York City!
Rex Brown- Hartke Bass Clinic Highlights From Sam Ash In New York City!
Published: 2013/09/24
Channel: Metal Mark - GhostCultMag.com
Ernie Ball: String Theory featuring Rex Brown
Ernie Ball: String Theory featuring Rex Brown
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: Ernie Ball
PANTERA AS SEEN THROUGH REX BROWN FOR OFFICIAL TRUTH BOOK
PANTERA AS SEEN THROUGH REX BROWN FOR OFFICIAL TRUTH BOOK
Published: 2013/03/18
Channel: ArtisanNewsService
NAMM
NAMM '17 - Prestige Guitars Rex Brown Signature Model Demo
Published: 2017/01/22
Channel: Premier Guitar
Rex Brown + Joe Giron: Pantera Photo Book Memories
Rex Brown + Joe Giron: Pantera Photo Book Memories
Published: 2016/12/28
Channel: Loudwire
Philip H Anselmo & The Illegals feat. Rex Brown : A New Level @ Download Festival 2014
Philip H Anselmo & The Illegals feat. Rex Brown : A New Level @ Download Festival 2014
Published: 2014/06/16
Channel: Deceiver Of Fools
Kill Devil Hill - Strange (official)
Kill Devil Hill - Strange (official)
Published: 2012/05/25
Channel: SPV
Rex Brown about the influence of Pantera
Rex Brown about the influence of Pantera
Published: 2013/03/02
Channel: FaceCulture
Rex Brown from Pantera and Kill Devil Hill... Songs and Lessons on JamPlay!
Rex Brown from Pantera and Kill Devil Hill... Songs and Lessons on JamPlay!
Published: 2014/03/28
Channel: JamPlay
Pantera - Floods - Bass Only - By Rex Brown
Pantera - Floods - Bass Only - By Rex Brown
Published: 2014/08/05
Channel: kain0defiance
Pantera: Headbangers Ball Interview with Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown - London, UK (1991)
Pantera: Headbangers Ball Interview with Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown - London, UK (1991)
Published: 2014/01/11
Channel: Sonic Warfare TV
Funny Moments With Rex Brown From Pantera
Funny Moments With Rex Brown From Pantera
Published: 2014/08/22
Channel: HardMusicTV
Dimebash 2016- A New Level (Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Gary Holt, more)
Dimebash 2016- A New Level (Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Gary Holt, more)
Published: 2016/01/30
Channel: russdudeman
Pantera - Suicide Note Pt. II - Bass Only - By Rex Brown
Pantera - Suicide Note Pt. II - Bass Only - By Rex Brown
Published: 2016/08/05
Channel: kain0defiance
Pantera I
Pantera I'm broken bass track
Published: 2010/12/28
Channel: BaSs4cE11
Rex Brown (Part 2): The Excesses Of The Road With Pantera, Quitting Down & NEW Kill Devil Hill!
Rex Brown (Part 2): The Excesses Of The Road With Pantera, Quitting Down & NEW Kill Devil Hill!
Published: 2013/03/28
Channel: hornsuprocks
Rex Brown - Walk (Sam Ash Bass Clinic)
Rex Brown - Walk (Sam Ash Bass Clinic)
Published: 2013/11/29
Channel: JaviFlore
Rex Brown Interview
Rex Brown Interview
Published: 2017/01/02
Channel: ForBassPlayersOnly
Pantera - Walk - Bass Only - By Rex Brown
Pantera - Walk - Bass Only - By Rex Brown
Published: 2013/07/09
Channel: kain0defiance
PANTERA DIMEBAG PHIL ANSELMO VINNIE PAUL REX BROWN
PANTERA DIMEBAG PHIL ANSELMO VINNIE PAUL REX BROWN
Published: 2010/01/22
Channel: hardsidefilms
REX BROWN on Debut Solo Album
REX BROWN on Debut Solo Album 'Smoke On This', Return To Rock n' Roll, Vocals & Touring (2017)
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: Metal Wani
Rex Brown & Rita Haney - Black Carpet Interview - 2014 Revolver Golden Gods
Rex Brown & Rita Haney - Black Carpet Interview - 2014 Revolver Golden Gods
Published: 2014/06/02
Channel: REVOLVER
Rex Brown on 25th Anniversary of Pantera
Rex Brown on 25th Anniversary of Pantera's 'Vulgar Display of Power' - Loudwire Legacy
Published: 2017/02/25
Channel: Loudwire
Rex Brown NYC Bass Clinic Q n A
Rex Brown NYC Bass Clinic Q n A
Published: 2013/09/22
Channel: rhyknowforever
Interview with Pantera bassist Rex Brown
Interview with Pantera bassist Rex Brown
Published: 2015/11/01
Channel: ForBassPlayersOnly
Rex Brown Kill Devil Hill Gear Carl Martin Effects Pedals
Rex Brown Kill Devil Hill Gear Carl Martin Effects Pedals
Published: 2014/02/23
Channel: Selane Productions
Down (w/Rex Brown"Pantera") "Stone The Crow" @ "Rock On The Range 2014"
Down (w/Rex Brown"Pantera") "Stone The Crow" @ "Rock On The Range 2014"
Published: 2014/05/20
Channel: David Johnson
REX BROWN COMPARES PANTERA ANSELMO INCIDENT WITH LAMB OF GOD BLYTHE INCIDENT
REX BROWN COMPARES PANTERA ANSELMO INCIDENT WITH LAMB OF GOD BLYTHE INCIDENT
Published: 2013/03/18
Channel: ArtisanNewsService
Funny Rex Brown From Pantera Pretends To Be A Chicken
Funny Rex Brown From Pantera Pretends To Be A Chicken
Published: 2014/08/18
Channel: HardMusicTV
Billy Sheehan, Rex Brown, Frank Bello, and David Ellefson at Bass Player LIVE! 2013
Billy Sheehan, Rex Brown, Frank Bello, and David Ellefson at Bass Player LIVE! 2013
Published: 2013/11/16
Channel: BassPlayerMag
Motörhead
Motörhead's "KILLED BY DEATH" performed by REX BROWN (Pantera/ Kill Devil Hill), DUG PINNICK (Kings
Published: 2015/11/08
Channel: Jessica Chase
Anthrax This Love & Raining Blood Live w-Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2013
Anthrax This Love & Raining Blood Live w-Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2013
Published: 2013/05/04
Channel: synandchicken
FPE-TV Bassist Rex Brown of Down Pantera
FPE-TV Bassist Rex Brown of Down Pantera
Published: 2008/12/07
Channel: fpe
BackStory Events Live from NAMM – Rex Brown
BackStory Events Live from NAMM – Rex Brown
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: BackStory Events
Down "Stone The Crow" With Rex Brown Live @ Rock On The Range 2014
Down "Stone The Crow" With Rex Brown Live @ Rock On The Range 2014
Published: 2014/05/20
Channel: Randy Schnell
HardRockHaven.net interview with Vinny Appice and Rex Brown from Kill Devil Hill Sept. 7, 2012
HardRockHaven.net interview with Vinny Appice and Rex Brown from Kill Devil Hill Sept. 7, 2012
Published: 2012/09/12
Channel: VideosintheRueMorgue
Rex Brown + Joe Giron Talk Pantera
Rex Brown + Joe Giron Talk Pantera's Weirdest Fan Encounters - Podcast Preview
Published: 2017/01/05
Channel: Loudwire
Rex Brown - I
Rex Brown - I'm Broken (Sam Ash Bass Clinic)
Published: 2013/11/29
Channel: JaviFlore
Dug Pinnick at the Schecter booth with Rex Brown checking out his amp
Dug Pinnick at the Schecter booth with Rex Brown checking out his amp
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: Extreme Vocals
Rex Brown Interview 5/17/17
Rex Brown Interview 5/17/17
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: Lance Hall
EX PANTERA REX BROWN DISSECTS SOUND, NEW PARTNERS HARTKE AND CENTURY MEDIA FOR NEW ALBUM
EX PANTERA REX BROWN DISSECTS SOUND, NEW PARTNERS HARTKE AND CENTURY MEDIA FOR NEW ALBUM
Published: 2013/10/07
Channel: ArtisanNewsService
Philip H Anselmo Discusses Upcoming Autobiography & Reacts To Rex Brown
Philip H Anselmo Discusses Upcoming Autobiography & Reacts To Rex Brown's Book!
Published: 2013/07/25
Channel: hornsuprocks
Warwick Custom Shop Masterbuilt - The Making of Rex Brown
Warwick Custom Shop Masterbuilt - The Making of Rex Brown's Reverso
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: Framus & Warwick
Rex Brown Book Review Official Truth 101 Insides Story of Pantera!
Rex Brown Book Review Official Truth 101 Insides Story of Pantera!
Published: 2013/04/16
Channel: TheReviewMaster99
PANTERA TELL-ALL BOOK BY REX BROWN MAYBE HEAVY HANDED AGAINST VINNIE PAUL?
PANTERA TELL-ALL BOOK BY REX BROWN MAYBE HEAVY HANDED AGAINST VINNIE PAUL?
Published: 2013/03/20
Channel: ArtisanNewsService
Kill Devil Hill plays "War Machine" live on EMGtv
Kill Devil Hill plays "War Machine" live on EMGtv
Published: 2014/11/05
Channel: EMGtv
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Rex Brown
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Rex Brown, live with Down in 2009
Background information
Birth name Rex Robert Brown
Also known as Rex Rocker (pre-1990)
Born (1964-07-27) July 27, 1964 (age 52)
Origin Graham, Texas
Genres Heavy metal, groove metal, thrash metal, sludge metal, glam metal, hard rock, alternative metal, southern metal, country metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, guitars, keyboards, vocals, tuba (as a Child[1])
Years active 1981–present
Labels Roadrunner
Associated acts Pantera
Down
Kill Devil Hill
Rebel Meets Rebel
Arms of the Sun
Jerry Cantrell
Crowbar

Rex Robert Brown (born July 27, 1964) is an American musician and author, who is best known as having been the longtime bassist for the Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling, now defunct band Pantera (1982–2003). He is a former member of Down (2001–2011), and is currently the bassist for the band Kill Devil Hill.[2] He is to release his debut album as a solo artist sometime in 2017. For the first time in Brown's career, the work features him not only as a bassist but also as lead vocalist and guitarist.[3]

Brown authored a book called Official Truth 101 Proof, which was released in April 2013. The book documents Pantera's formation, career, and break-up.[citation needed]

Biography[edit]

Rex Robert Brown was born in Graham, Texas on July 27, 1964.[4] His father was forty when Brown was born, and died in 1971.[5] He was raised by his mother and sister. Brown was first introduced to music through his grandmother, who taught him to play the piano when he was a child, and turned him onto ragtime music and Scott Joplin. Brown was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.[6] Brown became a fan of ZZ Top and Def Leppard as a youth, and started playing bass when he was twelve years old. He remains a fan of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and hardcore punk.[5]

Career[edit]

Pantera[edit]

Rex joined Pantera in 1982 with his classmate from the high school jazz band drummer Vinnie Paul, guitarist Dimebag Darrell (then known as Diamond Darrell), and vocalist Terry Glaze. During the early days of Pantera, Rex Brown went by the stage name Rex Rocker. For the 1990 album Cowboys from Hell he was credited simply as Rex. It was not until the 1994 album Far Beyond Driven that he used his full name of Rex Brown.

Pantera recruited vocalist Phil Anselmo to replace Glaze in 1987. By 1990 the band had been signed to Atco Records and released Cowboys from Hell which proved to be the band's turning point. Over the course of four more studio records, a live album and a greatest hits compilation, Pantera were nominated for four best metal performance Grammys, for "I'm Broken," "Suicide Note Pt. I," "Cemetery Gates," and "Revolution Is My Name." During downtime Brown, Dimebag, and Vinnie teamed up with country artist David Allan Coe in a project called Rebel Meets Rebel in 1999. This group released an album on May 2, 2006 on Vinnie Paul's Big Vin Records label. In late 2010 Rex became a founding member of Kill Devil Hill, with Vinny Appice, Dewey Bragg and Mark Zavon. Kill Devil Hill released their debut album in May 2012 to critical acclaim, and continue to tour in support of their music.

Down[edit]

In 1998, during his stay in Louisiana, he was invited by Phil Anselmo for a jam session that included all the members of Down except their bass player Todd Strange, who left the band. That night they ended up writing several demos for what later became their second album recorded in the fall of 2001 at Anselmo's barn that had been transformed into a professional studio. The album was released on March 26, 2002, and became the first Down release featuring Rex Brown on bass. The band, however, went on hiatus again at the very end of 2002.

In 2006, the band reunited and started writing the material for their third studio album. Down III: Over the Under was released in 2007. The band toured as the opening act for Metallica. During that time, he became good friends with James Hetfield, who, similarly to Brown, completed an alcohol rehabilitation course back in 2002.

Wanting to explore different music, Brown left Down in 2011. However, he is on good terms with his former bandmates.

Brown performing with Down in 2009

Other work[edit]

Brown has worked previously with Jerry Cantrell on five tracks included on the album called Boggy Depot as well as eleven tracks with Crowbar on the album Lifesblood for the Downtrodden. He has also provided bass work for Crowbar in 2004 and 2005 and to Cavalera Conspiracy in 2008. Rex revealed his new project Arms of the Sun, a project also featuring John Luke Hebert (of King Diamond) on drums, Lance Harvill on vocals and guitar, and Ben Bunker (of Gryn) on guitar. The group has completed work on thirteen tracks at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Recording Studio in Austin, produced and mixed by Terry Date. In February 2011 it was announced that Rex had amicably left Arms of the Sun. A replacement bassist has not yet been announced.

In March 2011 it was announced that Rex had formed a new band, Kill Devil Hill with Vinny Appice (Heaven & Hell, Black Sabbath, Dio) on drums, Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 Cycle Hum) on guitar and Dewey Bragg (Pissing Razors) on vocals. The group has demoed around 10 songs, which, according to Appice, sound "like a cross between Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains and a little bit of Led Zeppelin thrown in. It's heavy, but with a lot of cool hooks and melodic overtones, too."[7]

In 2013, Rex released an autobiography, titled Official Truth: 101 Proof, which chronicles Rex's personal life and journey through Pantera, including the events leading to the band's breakup.[8]

In 2015, Rex penned the foreword to the book Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990's, by author Greg Prato. Rex was also interviewed for the book (as well as his former bandmate in Pantera, Anselmo, among many others).[9]

Personal life[edit]

According to his autobiography, Brown met his future ex-wife Belinda through a mutual friend. The couple got engaged in 1994 and got married in May 1995. They have two twins born in 2000. Brown refuses to give any further information on his children in order to keep their privacy. The couple divorced in 2004 but reunited in 2007 and remained together until 2011. Brown does not "subscribe to any particular organized religion", though he says he believes in God and the Ten Commandments.[10][10][11][12]

In August 2009, Brown was disincluded from the Down tour due to acute pancreatitis.[13] He would then have his gallbladder and polyps on his pancreas removed.[13]

Playing style and equipment[edit]

Brown was a jazz bassist and was offered a scholarship to the University of North Texas but declined.[14] He often plays with a pick.

Brown was notable for often contributing walking basslines underneath Darrell's guitar solos. Standout tracks include "Floods" "Walk" "5 Minutes Alone", "Throes of Rejection", "Cowboys from Hell", "Living Through Me (Hells Wrath)", "I Can't Hide", "Use my Third Arm", "Where You Come From", "This Love", "I'm Broken" and many others.

In Pantera's earliest days, Brown was witnessed playing an Ibanez Roadster bass. In the late 80's he switched to Charvel basses and played a white 5 string and a black 4 string model. He used these basses exclusively through the Cowboys From Hell and Vulgar Display of Power albums, before he briefly used a 4 and 5 string model Ernie Ball MusicMan Stingray bass during the Vulgar Display of Power tour as well as a Fernandes Telecaster shaped bass for the "Walk" music video. In 1993, Brown began endorsing Spector bass guitars, notably all his basses had humbuckers. He continues to use Spectors to this day, with his own signature model. Shaped somewhat similar to a Gibson Thunderbird, the Spector Rex Brown Signature bass comes in several different finishes and is available in 4 and 5 string models. In 2011, Spector released a new signature bass by Brown named the Spector RXT. The bass has the same electronics as his first signature bass but instead of a Thunderbird, it is shaped like a Telecaster. Although this was released to the market by Spector, it was originally intended to be released by ESP Guitars under the LTD banner. Several prototypes and pre-production models exist, some of which are owned by Brown and can be seen used while playing with Down in 2009. After over 20 years of using Spector basses, on July 6, 2015, he announced that he had left Spector and is now a Warwick artist, by showing a photo of his new Warwick bass.

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Discography[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ DiVita, Joe (December 14, 2016). "Pantera's Rex Brown Plays Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction". Loudwire. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET – Bassist REX BROWN Will Not Return To DOWN, Says Drummer JIMMY BOWER". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  3. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-pantera-bassist-rex-brown-signs-with-entertainment-one
  4. ^ Texas Births, 1926–1995, Rex Robert Brown
  5. ^ a b https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNvvwpimb6Y
  6. ^ http://cms.bassplayer.com/artists/1171/rex-brown-rex-drugs-and-rock--roll/31134
  7. ^ "VINNY APPICE And REX BROWN Join Forces in KILL DEVIL HILL; First Photo Available". Roadrunner Records. 
  8. ^ "Official Truth: 101 Proof". 
  9. ^ "Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990's". 
  10. ^ a b Official Truth, 101 Proof Page 7
  11. ^ Official Truth, 101 Proof Page 252, In his acknowledgements, he says that 2 women have affected him deeply: his ex-wife Belinda and his first love Elena who he is now reunited with.
  12. ^ Ibid. Pg. 8
  13. ^ a b "DOWN/Ex-PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN Diagnosed With Acute Pancreatitis". BlabberMouth. 
  14. ^ Pantera’s Rex Brown Digs In With Down

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