PUMPJACK – The Ozzfest 2k diaries, Chapter 10 of 12:  Dallas, Houston, and The Gorge

–A short story in 12 chapters

The Pantera guys told us to come around before their set that night.  We did as we were asked, and it was just to hang, drink a couple of beers as they got ready to hit the stage. Dime was already strapped with his number 1, playing unplugged, stretching fingers. Vinnie was doing singles on a pad. I think as a little promo thing, there were temporary Pantera tattoos being handed out. Somehow the talk gets around about how Willie Hicks was the only one in Pumpjack who had any tattoos. I kind of spoke up with Vinnie, and asked where all his tattoos were?  He said he had the only one he’d ever need, and lifted his right arm like he was flexing to show off his bicep, but what he was showing was his only tattoo – a small image of a “reset” button on the inner side of his right bicep muscle. It’s funny the “little” things that stick with you over the years.

Show time comes around very quickly, the guys are picked up in two golf carts, to be driven to the stage a short distance away.  Rex and Dime head off in the first cart and Phil and Vinnie in the second one.  I was told Phil wasn’t feeling great, and I watched as they headed toward the stage.  Both Phil and Vinnie, sitting backwards in the cart, were staring straight through us all, and not saying a word to each other.

Just after their final notes rang out, all of us in PJ and crew were hanging out behind the stage, which is where Pantera’s aftershow dressing rooms were.  These mobile rooms were filled with booze and ready for them as they walked off stage.

This little memory was such a movie moment…. we’re all standing there, and the stage was at a little lower elevation, such that the band had to walk a short, slightly uphill distance through a crowd that gave them a nice wide berth, on their way to their dressing rooms.  And they each came up one by one…first Phil, then Vinnie, then Rex, and finally Dime.  And they all filed into the one dressing room.  But within an instant, three of them vanished and were off in different directions.  The only dude hanging… Dime.  Of course, the room quickly fills up with people once it’s approved to do so, and a party ensues.

We hang for a short bit, but eventually, Bob, Stevie B, Lance, and I make our way to Phil’s dressing room. He’s in there, but he’s in a conversation with the drummer from the band, Kittie.  In walks his assistant, who hands Phil a huge wad of cash, and then disappears.  Phil sticks the cash in his pocket, and from the other pocket, pulls out a bag of weed and tosses it to me.  Bob makes fun of me for not being able to roll a joint, so I give the bag to him and he rolls up a couple of fatties.  Bob gives the bag and fatties back to Phil, who sparks one up, passes it to me, looks at my C.O.C. shirt, and just kind of grunts, “Hmph… Pepper Keenan.”  And that was my one and only encounter with Phil the entire tour.  He smoked those two joints with us, chatted with Lance a bit, but then we got out of there and Bob and I went back to the RV.

next up, California shows and Phoenix!


Ryan Maloney
Ryan Maloney
Ryan Maloney is a husband, bartender, caregiver, drummer, and former online advertising professional. In addition to writing and drumming, Ryan enjoys cooking for and entertaining friends as well as going to the beach and traveling the world. He lives in Ft. Lauderdale with his main squeeze, John. Though born and raised in Chicago, Il until the age of 14, Ryan considers his true hometown to be Phoenix, AZ. Ryan spent over 30 years in Arizona, starting in 1985 at Cortez High School. From there, community college and ASU followed, but all the while, Ryan was drumming up a frenzy in local heavy metal bands. His late teens saw his main band, TYNATOR, achieve a small amount of local success, as well as release a cd to the European market. The opportunity of a lifetime came in 2000, which provided the basis for one of his writing series', PUMPJACK - The Ozzfest 2k diaries. The 12 chapter series documents the meeting of two friends, and then the events that led up to the band, PUMPJACK, heading out on the annual summer Ozzfest tour in 2000, in which the band had been invited to participate, as well as some memories of some of the individual city tour stops.After the tour, Ryan began what then became a 15 year career in online advertising. Having left the corporate world behind in 2017, Ryan now enjoys serving drinks to thirsty customers in Wilton Manors, Florida.

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