The 10th anniversary of Dimebag Darrell’s death has passed, so now we go another year without hearing anything new of Pantera (reunions, tribute concerts, new albums, etc..) It’s probably just never going to happen, much to the despair of most people. Now, there’s at least some new material to cling on to. Last month, an unreleased Dimebag solo song was brought to light by Guitar World in the form of Whiskey Road, and now we have Video footage of an Anselmo-less Pantera performing back in 2001.
Going by the name of Gasoline, 75% of Pantera performed a New Years Eve gig, with Dimebag manning vocals with Anselmo missing. The show was described the person filming it as being “for fun only” and not serious by any means.
Here’s the video:
Luckily, Chris Stiles, the one filming the footage, offered some context for the performance, saying in the description:
“This is my PERSONAL UNSEEN RARE FOOTAGE of Dimebag’s RARE AND UNRELEASED BAND GASOLINE. This was a party band for fun only. These were just jack around tunes made to be funny and have a good time. These weren’t meant to be serious by any means. The NEW AND UNRELEASED ANYWHERE ELSE songs…GASOLINE and GOING WITH THE GUT. This is the LAST TIME REX VINNIE AND DIME played live together. The last song they got up and jammed Led Zeppelin’s Moby Dick. I hated sitting on this for so long but it’s time the world gets to see it and enjoy it like I do. I’ve been lucky enough to have this since 2001 and I’ve never given a copy away and never let it out. Please respect that it’s mine and I will not tolerate anyone stealing it. This is OWNED BY ME. If the family wanted it…that’s another story. This show was a very special night…new years was always a big deal for the brothers and usually they did a new years gig for fun with pantera but after phil became harder to deal with they had to do their own thing on new years. Pantera never played again and I’m thankful I saw the last moments these three stepped on stage together. This show was Union Underground opening, then Gasoline, Sevendust, Then Drowning Pool with Dave Williams.”
And with that, we will have to wait until the Pantera vault is opened again before we can hear anything new. There may be countless songs and concerts that haven’t seen the light of day if Stiles had been holding on to his for 14 years...