Pantera/Coe project finally emerges

May 2, 2006 at 3:43 PM
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DALLAS, May 2 (UPI) -- The late U.S. guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott's legacy as a rebel is the subject of a new southern rock project, Rebel Meets Rebel.

The group -- comprised of three members of Pantera and insurgent country singer-songwriter David Allan Coe -- has just released its self-titled album, which was recorded at various times in the past four years.

It is the last known recording of Dimebag Darrell, who was gunned down while performing with his band, Damageplan, at an Ohio nightclub in December 2004.

Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott said his brother's death added another layer to what started as a side project.

"I want to do everything I can to enhance his already amazing legacy," he said, adding the "hillbilly rock" of Rebel Meets Rebel "was something my brother was very proud of. It's got some of his best guitar playing on it. I felt like we needed to put this out."

Rebel Meets Rebel may consider a tour to support the album if the "right" guitar player can be found to stand in for Dimebag Darrell, Abbott said.

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