Singer, guitarist Terry Glaze still rocking after Pantera

By Sarah Richards
The Gazette
Thursday, February 18, 2010

It's not often you find someone willing to admit he's a so-called fifth Beatle. It's even less common to find someone who's at peace with it.

Singer and guitarist Terry Glaze just might be that exception.

Glaze has toured with Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, had a hit song featured on MTV and done shows with everyone from Bad English to REO Speedwagon.

But in 1986, Glaze left the group Pantera shortly before its members became global superstars. He'd helped found the glam-metal band in Texas five years earlier with brothers Vinnie Paul Abbott and Darrell Abbott, Tommy Bradford and Donnie Hart. Glaze was 16 years old at the time.

Along with Kiss and Van Halen covers, Pantera played original songs. Within a few years, they were playing with the likes of Megadeth and Dokken.

At a recent solo performance at the Irish Channel Restaurant & Pub in Crofton, Glaze explained that he left Pantera because he was tired of the band's deeper foray into heavy metal music. He was also tired of the amount of influence held by the Abbotts.

"It just wasn't a democracy," Glaze said between sets. "The two brothers and their father -- who was our manager -- that was 60 percent, and they didn't split their votes."

Glaze left the band in 1986; a decade later, Pantera was known around the world. From the 1992 album, "Vulgar Display of Power" to "Reinventing the Steel" in 2000, Pantera's songs were played on the radio and on television.

"I always think I'm kinda like the Pete Best of the Beatles," Glaze said. "I'm the Pete Best of Pantera."

The "fifth Beatle" is the term most often used to describe Best, the original drummer for the Beatles who was unceremoniously replaced by Ringo Starr.

"I didn't know what was going to happen," Glaze said. "Who knew?"

Still, Glaze said it doesn't bother him. After leaving Pantera, he immediately joined another band. Lord Tracy -- a word play on the name of porn star Traci Lords -- ended up getting a record deal before Pantera did, and Lord Tracy had a hit with the song, "Out with the Boys."

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