According to USA Today, Kill Devil Hill bassist Rex Brown is having some tax issues. More specifically, the former Down/Pantera bassist reportedly owes $449,567 to the federal government in back taxes and penalties. Supposedly, Brown’s largest lien was filed for $210,157. And if a payment plan is not worked out, the federal government could seize Brown’s share of Pantera’s revenue. This would include royalties from his shared record and songwriting credits.
At the moment, Brown has yet to comment or confirm these reports. While we’ve heard numerous reports about his supposed alcohol problems (which he’s denied), this is the first we’ve heard about Brown’s financial woes. With that said, USA Today does make the point that despite having been disbanded for years, Pantera are still an extremely successful band and the 20th anniversary reissue of Vulgar Display Of Power will also likely do well in sales.
Plus, at least Brown has his new group Kill Devil Hill (also featuring Vinny Appice) keeping him busy this year. The group will be releasing their self-titled debut album on May 22, right after they hit the road with Adrenaline Mob.