Anthrax bassist Frank Bello recently joined an interview with The Aquarian in which he stated that late Pantera bassist Dimebag Darrell will always stay as a member of Anthrax.
On November 2, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello released his autography ‘Fathers, Brothers, and Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, and Anthrax.’ In the book, he shared his life story as well as some key moments from his career in Anthrax. Among those stories, Bello also wrote about spending time with Pantera.
As you may know, Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell made great contributions to Anthrax with his guest guitar solos. He contributed to several songs on the band’s albums ‘Stomp 442,’ ‘Volume 8: The Threat Is Real,’ and ‘We’ve Come For You All.’ According to Frank Bello, this made Darrell the sixth member of Anthrax.
In the interview by The Aquarian, the host Tim Louie asked Bello about the time he spent with Pantera on tours. As a response, Bello said that the brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul were like brothers to him. He then said they were good-hearted people, and he saw them as family.
Following that, Bello recalled touring with Pantera and having a Thanksgiving dinner together with the band members. He cherished those moments and said Pantera is like a family. Moreover, he said that Dimebag Darrell will forever be Anthrax’s sixth member as he played with them on so many records.
In the interview on The Aquarian, the host Tim Louie told Frank Bello that:
“The retelling of your tours with Pantera sounded epic and, as a fan, you used to hear these stories about Pantera’s partying, but you lived and survived it.”
Frank Bello then responded:
“As you say that, do you know whose face I have looked at me right now? Dimebag laughing at me with a shot glass! I swear to God!
These were my brothers. I still feel close to Dime and Vinnie and all of the Pantera guys, but Dime and Vinnie, specifically, were the best of the best. When I say people know Pantera, they know the guys, but the real people that they were… Dime and Vinnie were good-hearted people.
They were the best of the best on Earth. They were just good people aside from the music stuff. They were good people that you wanted to talk with like we’re talking right now, and every other word would have to be laughing your ass off. The Abbott Brothers were just great people from great families.
I remember we went on tour with Pantera, and I don’t even think I put this in the book, we’re on the road and we’re having a ball, usually drinking, and it was insane. I remember we were going to have a Thanksgiving on the road. We were on tour and we couldn’t all get home, so we, the band Anthrax, were just going to have it at some restaurant.
Now, the guys from Pantera, Vinnie, Dime, and the rest of them, put together this great Thanksgiving dinner for all of us. Pantera and Anthrax, all crews and everybody involved with the tour, and it was one of the most fun times I ever had in my life because it was great food, great people, music, and it was family.
That’s why when I talk about Pantera, that’s family. As much as my family is, Pantera is family because we had those times together. They made us have a specific dinner. They knew we were away from home. We were in Dallas and we had this great dinner.
They’re the best of the best. Top-notch – nothing will ever touch them. Dime will forever be known as the sixth member of Anthrax because he played on so many records with us.”
In his autobiography ‘Fathers, Brothers, and Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, and Anthrax,’ Frank Bello shares his recollections about the time he spent with Pantera. As it seems, Anthrax and Pantera were so close to each other that they were like a family.