Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

5. PanteraCowboys From Hell

I was up in Toronto rehearsing for the Painkiller tour and I saw Dimebag [Darrell, guitarist] on a local TV show and he was wearing a British Steel shirt. They played some clips of their music and it just instantly struck a chord. I jumped into a taxi and went down to the studio where they were recording this show, met him and became good friends. That night they were playing at a club in Toronto, and when I saw them live I was just blown away. After that, Priest took Pantera on tour in Europe and they’d never even been out of America before, but every night they would just stun the crowd. I just knew from the moment that I saw them, they were going to be huge. It’s just a really great memory. What they were doing at that particular time was revolutionary.

Before Cowboys From Hell, they were finding their way. Like any band, they were just trying to find out who they were and find that spark to make something happen. When I heard ‘Primal Concrete Sledge’ for the first time, my reaction was to just say, "Oh my god, what is this? I’ve never heard anything like this before."

I got to work with Dime on a song and it was a thrill and a treasure to have that opportunity. The label said that there was a movie coming out, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and asked me if I’d do a song. The one that I came up with was ‘Light Comes Out The Black’. I didn’t really know anyone locally who was available at the time. I picked up the phone and spoke to Dime about it and he told me to come down to Dallas because they were on a bit of a break. I flew down there the next day and played with him. It was done in more or less six hours and we ended up just sitting around trying to find something else to do with it.

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