Vinnie Paul Says Philip Anselmo Has ‘Done a Lot of Things That Tarnish the Image’ of Pantera
It has undoubtedly been a rough year for Philip Anselmo, who has spent a good portion of the year trying to apologize for giving a Nazi salute and shouting "White Power" at the Dimebash event in early 2016. While speaking with Brazil's R7 recently, drummer Vinnie Paul, who played with Anselmo in Pantera, stated that Anselmo's actions were just another way of tarnishing his former band's history.
"I can't speak for him. He's done a lot of things that tarnish the image of what Pantera was back then and what it stood for and what it was all about. And it's sad," said Paul, as seen in the video interview above. "But I carry on with what I do, which is Hellyeah, which I'm very, very proud of. And, you know, I can't control anything that goes on with that dude. I mean, honestly, I haven't spoken to him since 2000. So there you have it."
It's been common knowledge that Paul and Anselmo haven't spoken since the death of Paul's brother, Dimebag Darrell, but the drummer revealed that it likely goes back a few years before that. "I'm thinking… Probably the last show that we ever did was in Tokyo, at Beast Feast, and I might have said 'Bye' or something. I don't know," said the drummer.
He adds that he and Dimebag had reached out to Anselmo but were rebuffed. "We tried to make amends of things when we were doing Damageplan, and he didn't want anything to do with it," says Paul. "And then the horrible thing that happened to my brother happened. And, to me, that was the nail in the coffin. Period."
As he's done repeatedly, Paul shot down talks of a possible Pantera reunion, stating, "For me personally, it's been over since Pantera was over. A lot of people don't understand that. There's reasons why the band wasn't together anymore. And with my brother no longer being here, there's no such thing as a reunion for that band, period. I am one hundred percent dedicated to Hellyeah. I love what I do in this band. I'm really proud of this band. Everybody in this band is such a special person, and the music that we make together, I really believe, is very special and the next level in my life. So, for me, I'm not worried about whether people wanna live in the past or not, man. If you live in the past, you've got no future."
However, that being said, Paul states that he's been thrilled to see the band's fans continue to celebrate the group and the life of his brother and it's something he's really embraced.
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