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Damageplan Vow To Uphold The 'Bad-Ass' Legacy of Pantera

Former PANTERA/current DAMAGEPLAN members Vinnie Paul (drums) and Dimebag Darrell (guitar) recently spoke to Metal Edge magazine about the demise of PANTERA and the upcoming release of DAMAGEPLAN's debut CD, "New Found Power". Asked what their expectations are for an album that, like most of PANTERA's recorded output, is being issued through Elektra Records, Vinnie said, "I think we've definitely got to look at it like a new band, but we feel very strongly that our fanbase that followed us in PANTERA will follow us in this — we haven't given them any reason not to. That's what we're shooting for to start with, and we also want to gain a whole new audience. Anybody out there that doesn't know anything about us, we're ready to go out there and play. We obviously want to achieve a certain level of success — none of us want to go back to playing nightclubs if we don't have to, we've already paid our dues and did all that. If that's where we've got to start, that's where we've got to start, but we're going to work like a motherfucker to get out of there as fast as we can. We like to play to a lot of people — that's what it's all about. Music is made to be heard, whether you hear it in concert, you hear it on the radio, or you hear it in your car. It's not for two people to sit in a closet and go, 'That's my band, the only band I've ever heard, and I'm the only person that's going to hear it.' What's the point?" Added Dimebag, "I have to be dead honest — all those people that like to say they like to play the small clubs because they're more intimate? Yeah, I like the intimate vibe too, but I guarantee you, they're only saying that because they're stuck there. Who wouldn't want to play to a shitload of people? Ain't that what it's about? Reaching people? I don't understand that narrow-minded mentality where you're allowed to listen to one kind of music, and if you wear this kind of t-shirt you're an asshole, and if you eat this kind of food you're gay, and if you step out of this square box I've got you in I'll never talk to you again. That's narrow-minded bullshit, if you ask me. Anybody that's into really, really heavy shit, we're not going to let them down — we can throw shit out there as heavy as anybody can throw it. At the same time, we don't play no pussy-whipped bullshit of any kind, but it's for everybody."

With regards to whether PANTERA material will be part of their set, Vinnie said, "I don't know. We really haven't decided whether we want to do that or not. Obviously, there are 13 million people out there that bought PANTERA records and would love to hear those songs, and I have no doubt that we can deliver them, we just want to wait and see how everything fits, how it comes down live, and if it feels right, maybe we'll do some."

Dimebag: "I'll tell you this much, we damn-sure won't be up there on the stage dissing the bad-ass legacy of PANTERA, that's for sure."

Vinnie: "This is a new band. We're not PANTERA — we're a new band, it's DAMAGEPLAN. We do have a legacy within ourselves and the fans that are going to follow us."

Dimebag: "We realize that we've got to fuckin' reprove ourselves. We're willing to show that we're sorry people got let down — even though it's not our place to be sorry about it — but we're going to pick up the fucking touch and get on from here, keep it rock fuckin hard, and establish the new band, DAMAGEPLAN."

Vinnie: "I think there's three kinds of fans out there. There will be the PANTERA fans that want to hop on and support us right out of the chute because of what we've done in the past. There's the ones that are going to be skeptical that we're going to have to win over by playing live. Then there are the ones that we're never going to be able to win over, because they're set in their ways. Those are the challenges ahead of us — to go out and kick ass, and prove to everybody that the new band is what we're about and where we're at. The old days were the old days, and they were good days, but we're ready to bring on some new days…"

DAMAGEPLAN's "New Found Power" is due on February 10 through Elektra Records.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Matt Carlson writes:

as a true pantera fan, i think it sucks for pantera's legacy to be over. maybe it's for the better. phil just seems like a jerkoff talking sh** about pantera at his super joint ritual shows. Damage plan is coming and it's here to stay , with that being said all i have to
say is f*** phil and his super joint ritual.

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2. big hig writes:

the bottom line is pantera is the greatest heavy band ever.PERIOD11however f***ed-up phil anselmo feels about it is dead a$$ wrong. superjoint ritual licks balls and if you listen to and like that sh** just go watch slayers techs go through a sound check and there you have it. suckingd*** ritual. down was alright but none of phils "side-projects"come even close to the intensity and most importantly the delivery of a band like pantera. f*** phil. pat lacheman sounds like a damn good singer in the damageplan songs ive heard. and bobzilla rips rexs a$$ on the bass. his low end is f***ing phenomenal. baddass fellas, baddass. DAMAGEPLAN, CAN'T WAIT!

# Jan 22, 2004 @ 11:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. DescendingDown writes:

Superjoint Ritual rips the f*** out of this band...period. Lacheman is just a Phil wannabe. I've been a huge fan of PanterA for years, but this sh** is just boring. f*** it

# Jan 22, 2004 @ 10:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. me writes:

phil......what the f*** are you thinking man.......get the f*** off the heroin. damage plan shall be greater than any of phil's new side projects.

# Jan 23, 2004 @ 2:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. edro 5 writes:

Excuse me, all you ignorant pricks bad mouthing Phil can eat a bag of d***s. Super joint rules, nothing out there sounds like it. Screw damage plan

# Jan 29, 2004 @ 3:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Metal_HeaD writes:

It's to bad the legacy of Pantera is over. I can't believe that their will be no more new tracks or albums from them. Its a sad day in heavy metal music that there is no more Pantera. I hope some day that Pantera will be back, but i really don't think thats going to happen, Pantera 4 life

# Jan 29, 2004 @ 3:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Metal_HeaD writes:

Edro 5 is a d*** head. Him saying screw damage plan is dumb man. I heard one of Damage Plans songs the other day on Head bangers ball and it ruled. Edro 5 shut the f*** up u a$$hole.

# Jan 29, 2004 @ 4:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. MeTal_Razor writes:

I really get p***ed off when I hear people sayin' sh** like, f*** Damageplan or f*** Superjoint or f*** Phil or f*** the Abbots or any of that sh**, its just petty sh** man. Pantera was and is the greatest f***ing metal in the world, and its real sh**ty that they broke up. But all the Pantera guys are still makin mad-ass metal music and you sad little bastards should be lovin all of it man. There is no clear winner in this contest. Both post-Pantera bands kick the sh** out of any other sh** you can possibly listen to. Cowboys from hell live on man. Smoke, drink, f*** and bang those heads.
f*** POP AND HIP-HOP. METAL MUSIC RULES OVER ALL

# Feb 6, 2004 @ 10:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Kayge writes:

Time and time again Phil said at Pantera show after Pantera show that Pantera would never die. Well, lower the casket because Pantera is done. I hate to say it, but one of THE GREATEST metal bands in history is finished. Phil needs help. It pains me to see him on MTV not even being able to keep his eyes open. I'm afraid that he will follow the demise of Kurt Cobaine and Lane Staley. GET OFF THE SMACK. Pantera set the threshold for what is considered heavy and needs to resolve their sh** and start packing arenas again. Do it for the FANS. WE INVESTED IN PANTERA and have been left out in the cold! IS THIS HOW WE'RE THANKED FOR OUR LOYALTY? Thats BS. Do what's right. Phil, don't forget where you came from.
Vinnie and Dimebag......I'm with you. Phil is a hypocrite. Thanks for the memories.

# Feb 7, 2004 @ 7:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Tobias writes:

I'm with you there, Metal_Razor. Good music is good music and this weird petty loyalist behaviour can piss up a rope. I love superjoint and what I've heard of damageplan is good stuff. Just bloody rock.
\m/

# Feb 7, 2004 @ 8:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. MeTal_Razor writes:

Cheers to Tobias for the kind words n' sh**. I agree with half of Kayge's post in saying that WE as fans DID invest in Pantera, and now some of us, as Pantera fans feel just a wee bit screwed over and/or left out of the cold. But thats the sh** happens, much to the grief of many a Pantera/Ex-Pantera fan, there is not a damn thing we can do about it. Except remeber that Pantera rules and to many, still does. So ring some mates, head down to the liquor store for a bottle of Jimmy, stick on "Cowboys From Hell" and have one hell of a heavy good time.

# Feb 8, 2004 @ 7:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Kayge writes:

By no means am I saying SJR is not good music. It is...even with the absence of signature Dimebag solos. It sounds a tad like a Slayer/Pantera hybrid if you ask me. As far as the other issue goes...I've followed Pantera from day one. I've gone to countless shows. Pantera WAS NOT JUST A BAND, it was a PHILOSOPHY. Period. it was a way of life, and I cannot even tell you how many times I've personally heard Phil say over and over "Stick with us, Pantera isn't breaking up. f*** the press and radio. Pantera ain't going anywhere". This is why I guess I'm somewhat effected by the disbanding of this great band. The loyalty was not returned. But more so than that, Phil is heading down the wrong road, and I'd liketo hear his great talent for years to come. We all know how this sad story ends most of the time. I'd hate to see it again. I'm not losing sleep over the end of Pantera by any means. I'm just dissapointed. Pantera was capable of so much more and it sucks to know we'll probably never hear new material again. It's now time to pass the Cemetary Gates. OUT.

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13. MeTal_Razor writes:

(wipes tear from eye)

# Feb 8, 2004 @ 5:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Castashadow writes:

PanterA......The most kick-ass metal band I have ever seen or heard. This makes me sad like a motherf***er to know I may never get to experience that again. I am a fan of Down & SJR, I could like Damge Plan too (after all they are excellent musicians). Have your fun but don't forget us. I don't want to have grey hair before that happens.

# Feb 9, 2004 @ 6:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. brandedcfh420 writes:

everytime i tried to log into damageplan.net to get in on the webchat thing it always came cannot find server....did anybody else have any probs last night lookin for it? im meaning the webchat broadcast...what was the deal??

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