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Rex Brown - Buried Alive
Rex Brown - Buried Alive
Published: 2017/07/14
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Rex Brown - Train Song
Rex Brown - Train Song
Published: 2017/06/02
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Rex Brown Talks Pantera Secrets!
Rex Brown Talks Pantera Secrets!
Published: 2017/09/06
Channel: Guitar World
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: Pantera Have Been
Rex Brown: Pantera Have Been 'Close' to Reuniting
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: Loudwire
Rex Brown Talks Marijuana
Rex Brown Talks Marijuana
Published: 2017/07/18
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
2017 Loudwire Music Awards: Rex Brown (Pantera) Interview
2017 Loudwire Music Awards: Rex Brown (Pantera) Interview
Published: 2017/10/26
Channel: vintagerockdotcom
Rex Brown - Crossing Lines (Lyric Video)
Rex Brown - Crossing Lines (Lyric Video)
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: rexbrownVEVO
Rex Brown - So Into You
Rex Brown - So Into You
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Rex Brown
Pantera I
Pantera I'm broken bass track
Published: 2010/12/28
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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
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
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 - What Comes Around (live)
Rex Brown - What Comes Around (live)
Published: 2017/07/14
Channel: Rex Brown
Rex Brown - Lone Rider
Rex Brown - Lone Rider
Published: 2017/07/04
Channel: Rex Brown
Ernie Ball: String Theory featuring Rex Brown
Ernie Ball: String Theory featuring Rex Brown
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: Ernie Ball
Vinnie Paul Responds To Rex Brown
Vinnie Paul Responds To Rex Brown
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: The Classic Metal Show
Pantera
Pantera's Rex Brown - "Train Song" Playthrough
Published: 2017/07/25
Channel: Guitar World
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
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
Funny Moments With Rex Brown From Pantera
Funny Moments With Rex Brown From Pantera
Published: 2014/08/22
Channel: HardMusicTV
Rex Brown Band - Exil Göttingen - 14.09.2017
Rex Brown Band - Exil Göttingen - 14.09.2017
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: Rob64Live
Rex Brown about the influence of Pantera
Rex Brown about the influence of Pantera
Published: 2013/03/02
Channel: FaceCulture
NAMM
NAMM '17 - Prestige Guitars Rex Brown Signature Model Demo
Published: 2017/01/22
Channel: Premier Guitar
Rex Brown - Buried Alive - 6/27/2017 - Paste Studios, New York, NY
Rex Brown - Buried Alive - 6/27/2017 - Paste Studios, New York, NY
Published: 2017/07/20
Channel: Paste Magazine
Pantera - Floods - Bass Only - By Rex Brown
Pantera - Floods - Bass Only - By Rex Brown
Published: 2014/08/05
Channel: kain0defiance
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
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 + Joe Giron: Pantera Photo Book Memories
Rex Brown + Joe Giron: Pantera Photo Book Memories
Published: 2016/12/28
Channel: Loudwire
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
Rex Brown Talks About His Album, "Smoke On This..."
Rex Brown Talks About His Album, "Smoke On This..."
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: BUILD Series
Sebastian Bach & Rex Brown "Cemetary Gates" Live at DimeBash 2011
Sebastian Bach & Rex Brown "Cemetary Gates" Live at DimeBash 2011
Published: 2011/12/15
Channel: soggsalicious
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 - 10
Pantera - 10's - Bass Only - By Rex Brown
Published: 2014/01/23
Channel: kain0defiance
Interview with Pantera bassist Rex Brown
Interview with Pantera bassist Rex Brown
Published: 2015/11/01
Channel: ForBassPlayersOnly
Rex Brown NYC Bass Clinic Q n A
Rex Brown NYC Bass Clinic Q n A
Published: 2013/09/22
Channel: rhyknowforever
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
Rex Brown: How Pantera, the Beatles + More Inspired
Rex Brown: How Pantera, the Beatles + More Inspired 'Smoke on This'
Published: 2017/07/26
Channel: Loudwire
REX BROWN - The Weekly Riff | GEAR GODS
REX BROWN - The Weekly Riff | GEAR GODS
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: Gear Gods
Rex Brown - Live Q&A, July 5th 2017
Rex Brown - Live Q&A, July 5th 2017
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: Rex Brown
FPE-TV Bassist Rex Brown of Down Pantera
FPE-TV Bassist Rex Brown of Down Pantera
Published: 2008/12/07
Channel: fpe
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 Going From PANTERA to solo artist, from metal to rock, and more! | Metal Injection
REX BROWN On Going From PANTERA to solo artist, from metal to rock, and more! | Metal Injection
Published: 2017/07/25
Channel: Metal Injection
Phil  Anselmo & Rex Brown - DOWN INTERVIEW UNCUT
Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown - DOWN INTERVIEW UNCUT
Published: 2008/10/22
Channel: soniccheese78
Rex Brown Interview
Rex Brown Interview
Published: 2017/01/02
Channel: ForBassPlayersOnly
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
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
Rex Brown Talks Playing Guitar on Pantera Records, New Solo Album
Rex Brown Talks Playing Guitar on Pantera Records, New Solo Album
Published: 2017/07/28
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Rex Brown
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Background information
Birth name Rex Robert Brown
Also known as Rex Rocker (pre-1990)
Born (1964-07-27) July 27, 1964 (age 53)
Origin Graham, Texas
Genres Heavy metal, groove metal, thrash metal, sludge metal, glam metal, hard rock, alternative metal, southern rock, country rock
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 released his debut solo album ˝Smoke On This˝ on July 28th, 2017. [3] For the first time in Brown's career, the work features him not only as a bassist but also as lead vocalist and guitarist.[4]

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.

Biography[edit]

Rex Robert Brown was born in Graham, Texas on July 27, 1964.[5] His father was forty when Brown was born, and died in 1971.[6] 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.[7] 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.[6]

Rex Brown, Performing In Nashville, TN, July 14th, 2017

Career[edit]

Rex Brown - ˝Smoke On This˝

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.

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."[8]

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.[9]

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).[10]

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 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.[11][11][12][13]

In August 2009, Brown was disincluded from the Down tour due to acute pancreatitis.[14] He then had his gallbladder and polyps on his pancreas removed.[14] "Rex has been through hell, man," said bandmate Pepper Keenan. "He was cut from rib to rib and they cleaned him out, but he's in top shape again. After twenty-five years on the road – drinking every day and whatnot… well, the old days are over, my friend."[15]

Playing style and equipment[edit]

Brown was a jazz bassist and was offered a scholarship to the University of North Texas but declined.[16] 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. Archived from the original on June 26, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ ""Smoke on This..." by Rex Brown on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Former PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN Signs With ENTERTAINMENT ONE". Blabbermouth.net. February 28, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ Texas Births, 1926–1995, Rex Robert Brown
  6. ^ a b hornsuprocks (March 28, 2013). "Rex Brown (Part 2): The Excesses Of The Road With Pantera, Quitting Down & NEW Kill Devil Hill!". YouTube. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 28, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ "VINNY APPICE And REX BROWN Join Forces in KILL DEVIL HILL; First Photo Available". Roadrunner Records. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Official Truth: 101 Proof". Amzn.com. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990s". Amzn.com. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Official Truth, 101 Proof; p. 7
  12. ^ Official Truth, 101 Proof; p. 252, In his acknowledgements, he says that two women have affected him deeply: his ex-wife Belinda and his first love Elena who he is now reunited with.
  13. ^ Official Truth, 101 Proof; p. 8
  14. ^ a b "DOWN/Ex-PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN Diagnosed With Acute Pancreatitis". BlabberMouth. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. 
  15. ^ Ling, Dave, "Live! Down"; Classic Rock #148, August 2010, p106
  16. ^ BassPlayer.com, Electric & Acoustic Bass Gear, Lessons, News, Video, Tabs and Chords -. "Electric & Acoustic Bass Gear, Lessons, News, Video, Tabs and Chords - BassPlayer.com > Home". Bassplayer.com. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 

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