Robert Pasbani of Metal Injection conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current DOWN singer Philip Anselmo on May 10 at Best Buy Theater in New York City. You can watch the chat below.
On what it was like joining "Revolver Golden Gods Tour" mates BLACK LABEL SOCIETY on stage earlier in the trek to perform a cover of the PANTERA classic "I'm Broken":
Anselmo: "It felt great. The voice didn't feel great, because I always have that first-week blues. I'm still breaking in the fucking throat. And then I'm coming from singing the ILLEGALS stuff. It's, like, 'Ah, shit.' This [is in addition to me singing the] Southern-ish rock that we [in DOWN] do, or whatever we're doing… SABBATH worship. I thougth I sucked. I thought he was great, I thought his band was great. But the moment itself was fun… incredible. And it's been a looong-ass fucking time since I've seen audience go that bananas and sound that loud. It was fucking loud. [It was a] great experience. I loved it."
On the upcoming 10th anniversary of the death of PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott:
Anselmo: "It's a life of mourning. Every year gets tougher. Every year gets tougher. There ain't one fucking thing about losing Darrell that's gotten easier. It's miserable. And that's all I can say."
Dimebag's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.
Vinnie, who is Dimebag's brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since PANTERA split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag's death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag's killer.
Haney told the producers of "Behind The Music Remastered: Pantera" that she forgave the singer after they found themselves unexpectedly face to face at a concert in California.