Phil Anselmo: Pantera Reunion Would Have Happened If Dimebag Was Still Alive
In a new video interview, singer Phil Anselmo says he thinks a Pantera reunion would have definitely happened if late guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was still alive. Anselmo also calls out Dimebag's brother, drummer Vinnie Paul, insisting "that motherf---er is so f---ing terrified of me."
I think about Pantera more than I could ever put into words," Anselmo tells the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner. "It's a daily thing. A lot of the time it's hilarious stuff, funny memories, great memories, and then, of course, you do have your regrets. And then, of course, you do have your fantasy-wish, dream-world scenarios where Dimebag is still alive and there was this window opportunity to patch things up — which I do believe would have happened."
The singer goes on to say, "[I] think, 'Golly, I would love to be with that group of guys again and touring and doing what we did back in the day.' But that's just wishful thinking."
As for Vinnie Paul, Anselmo pulls no punches when talking about his former Pantera bandmate.
"Vinnie Paul, he has no effect on my life at all — no effect at all," declares Anselmo. "Good job, I'll say to Vince — you've hurt me. And you keep on hurting me. Great job! Where is it getting you? That's my question to him. My door has always been wide open, and I'll leave it at that, because I think everybody else knows the rest. It's f---ing pretty A-B-C simple."
He continues, "That motherf---er is so f---ing terrified of me. But somewhere within that terror, somewhere within this invented -- and I do say 'invented' -- scapegoat f---ing slapping redneck hatred of his, there is a love bigger than any of that fucking shit, and that's why he's acting the way he's acting."
Elsewhere in the interview, Anselmo says his band Down have "between six and eight new songs in the can" for a new album, and that it was difficult to part ways with bassist Rex Brown.
Watch the Phil Anselmo Interview With the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner (Part 1)
Watch the Phil Anselmo Interview With the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner (Part 2)
Watch the Phil Anselmo Interview With the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner (Part 3)