Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals Honor ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ in New Video – Premiere
Pantera legend Philip Anselmo has been incredibly prolific in recent years, balancing a number of different projects. In January, Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals unleashed their sophomore album, Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue, and have now teamed up with Loudwire to bring you the video for "Choosing Mental Illness," which was inspired by the classic 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and can be viewed above.
“This video is based on one of my favorite films about the harshness of mental illness. Being up close and personal with the struggle, I often feel like R.P. McMurphy, who I play in the clip," Anselmo begins. “I’ve had a lot of questions about the LP title, Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue and song title, ‘Choosing Mental Illness,’” he continues, “but make no mistake, I take mental illness very seriously, especially because it often goes untreated. We’ve taken some extra steps at the end of the video with information that you, or someone close to you might need."
“On a lighter note, it’s always a blast to do creative things like the video with my band, crew, and family," the singer continued. "Bringing Michael St. Michaels into the fold was like having your favorite wacky uncle over for the holidays! He did a great job as our version of Nurse Ratched and he’s an absolutely lovable and talented guy," Anselmo said and, in closing, added, "Go see The Greasy Strangler," referring to the 2016 horror/comedy that St. Michaels starred in.
Snag your copy of Choosing Mental Illness as a Virtue here and look below for a list of upcoming U.S. tour dates.
Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals + King Parrot U.S. Tour Dates
Sept. 06 — New Orleans, La. @ Santos
Sept. 07 — San Antonio, Texas @ Rock Box
Sept. 08 — Dallas, Texas @ Trees
Sept. 09 — Scout Bar – Houston, Texas @ Scout Bar
Sept. 11 — Knoxville, Tenn. @ The Concourse
Sept. 12 — The Firmament – Greenville S.C. @ The Firmament
Sept. 14 — The Capitol Room @ HMAC – Harrisburg, Penn. @ The Capitol Room
Sept. 15 — Fete Music Hall – Providence, R.I. @ Fete Music Hall
Sept. 16 — Mulcahy’s – Wantagh, N.Y. @ Mulcahy's
Sept. 18 — Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Saint Vitus Bar
Sept. 20 — Montage Music Hall – Rochester, N.Y. @ Montage Music Hall
Sept. 21 — Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, Ind. @ Piere's
Sept. 22 — The Blue Note – Harrison, Ohio @ The Blue Note
Sept. 23 — Diamond’s Pub Concert Hall – Louisville, Ky. @ Diamond's Pub Concert Hall
Sept. 25 — Green Bay Distillery – Green Bay, Wis. @ Green Bay Distillery
Sept. 27 — The Forge – Joliet, Ill. @ The Forge
Sept. 28 — Berserker Fest @ The Crofoot – Pontiac, Mich. @ The Crofoot
Sept. 29 — Pop’s – Sauget, Ill. @ Pop's
Sept. 30 — Fayetteville, Ark. @ George's Majestic
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