Soundwave is also such a huge event and even during my days in Pantera, we never played any festivals down in Australia," Paul, 47, tells Noisecreep. A veteran musician, Paul has been touring since the mid-'80s when Pantera was still a struggling band in the Texas metal scene. Look, my whole life is built around music. I love new music, and I still keep up with the bands I grew up on. I feel like I'm in high school again when I pop it on [laughs].
While I never met Vinnie Paul in person I did have an indirect encounter with him, and I can speak to those very same qualities. A brand new tour bus company called Bandwagon which specialized in converting truck trailers into small tour buses — and which has since become a fixture of the touring circuit — wanted to showcase their new vehicle to managers, agents and the like at both festivals, so the bus was ours for a pittance I think all we had to cover was fuel. We even had a driver. So we loaded into the bus seven deep after Scion Rock Fest and headed south, city by city, in what came to be dubbed the SlayeRV. Seven drunken metal dudes. It was a fucking blast. The day before Austin we rolled into Dallas like a pack of ravenous wolves, fueled by a mix of Red Bull and beer and propelled by that special kind of animal horniness men inevitably experience when surrounded by nothing but other men for days on end.
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. The Clubhouse has the scuzzy yet welcoming feel of your favorite dive bar, pretty good music most of the time, and a diverse roster of talent offering something for just about every conceivable preference. The dancers actually, you know, dance, and the place has a feature that we thought was standard for strip clubs but is becoming increasingly scarce: a pole. The BYOB status doesn't just save you money on booze — it means it can stay open after 2 a.
Like Van Halen , Pantera had a core comprised of brothers who played guitar and drums. After talking about how Van Halen inspired the two of them, Paul said that the meeting happened around at the Clubhouse, a strip club in Dallas that he owns. Pantera had broken up and the brothers had started Damageplan. He's in there? I came in, and we gave each other a big hug [