Former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott
has launched Big Vin Records, a new Dallas-based
record label with distribution via Fontana.
Vinnie was a founding member, producer, and one of the
masterminds behind the success of PANTERA, the seminal
'90s Grammy-nominated metal band whose worldwide album
sales total 13.5 million. After the breakup of
PANTERA, Paul and his brother, guitarist "Dimebag"
Darrell Abbott, formed DAMAGEPLAN, whose debut album
("New Found Power") was released by Elektra in early
Big Vin Records' first release will be an album from
REBEL MEETS REBEL, a unique crossover of country,
metal and rock. It features three of the founding
members of PANTERA (Vinnie Paul, Dimebag and bassist
Rex Brown) together with legendary country
singer/outlaw David Allan Coe. REBEL MEETS REBEL's CD
was recorded over a four-year period and is set to
contain a total of 12 tracks, including "Nothin' To
Lose", "Rebel Meets Rebel", "Cowboys", "Panfillo",
"Heartworn Highway", "One Night Stand", "Arizona
Rivers", "A Man With Nothin' Ain't Got Nothin' to
Lose", "New York City Streets" and "Get Outta My
The title track, "Rebel Meets Rebel", was previously
said to be a duet with PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo,
although it is not presently clear if Anselmo's
contributions will make it to the final product.
"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."
"Rebel Meets Rebel" is scheduled for release in March
The second project to be released via Big Vin will be
a DVD, "Dimevision", as a tribute to Dimebag, one of
metal's all-time guitar greats who is credited by some
for creating the original concept which eventually
became the MTV hit series "Jackass". "Dimevision"
features Dime's stellar guitar playing and offbeat
brand of humor, and is sure to be a title every
serious PANTERA fan will have to own.
PANTERA's career overview CD, "The Best of Pantera:
Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!",
has sold 452,000 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.