What would you do if you were a Pantera megafan and had some rare unreleased footage of Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul sharing the stage together? Well, if you’re Chris Stiles, you’s sit on it for a while, then suddenly release it. A little bit of background: Gasoline was a fun side project featuring the Abbott brothers and Thurber T. Mingus and Stroker of the band Pumpjack that played on every New Year’s Eve after 1997. This footage captures them in 2001/2002, opening for Sevendust and Drowning Pool. Pantera bassist Rex Brown even shows up about half an hour in, making it the last time the three played together onstage, according to Stiles. Here’s what he says about the footage, which includes some original songs and covers of songs like Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” and Led Zeppelin’s “Moby Dick.”:
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.
As always Dimebag was very cool to hang with and loved having fun with his friends and fans. I was a young 18 year old that was just happy to be accepted around him. He allowed me to hang around him a lot so I’ll be uploading more video of me with him and times I managed to film. I messaged the family many times about having this included in anything they officially released and never got any emails back so I’ll go ahead and post it here for everyone to see. I don’t think it’s right to just hold on to it without letting others see what it’s like to be around him. RIP dime… you made a huge impression on my young life and I’ll never forget it.