PUMPJACK – The Ozzfest 2k Diaries, Chapter 2: Thurber T. Mingus

––A short story in 12 chapters

Back to early-getting-to-know-Kyle stuff… During the time Pantera was apparently recording VDOP, Kyle told me Phil had invited him and some pals over to party at his pad to hear some of the tracks.

The story goes that after Phil passed out, Kyle and his friends dubbed a cassette copy of that demo they had heard and recopied a bunch for themselves, and Kyle sent me one. (What a pal!)


PUMPJACK – The Ozzfest 2k Diaries

On it were unmixed/unmastered versions of Walk (with no vocals), Hostile (vocals but no guitar solo – and not the vocals of the finished version), and By Demons Be Driven. Just those three. I lost the cassette somewhere along the way. I bet Kyle still has his copy though!  Just typing this brings back those memories about how music was so important back then or seemed so important. From ‘92 through to 2000, Pantera was the hottest thing on the planet. That’s just a fact, whether you were a fan or not, they were unstoppable in the 90s.

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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.