VINNIE PAUL: PHILIP ANSELMO Stabbed Us In The Back

DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul spoke to Music Mania Magazine Thursday (Jan. 29) about the breakup of PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN's forthcoming debut CD, "New Found Power". Asked if there is any possibility of a PANTERA reunion at some point in the future, Vinnie said, "I don't think so. It would have been real easy for [former PANTERA singer] Phil [Anselmo] to call me on the phone and say, 'Look, I've got these other bands that I want to do and I've gone as far as I can with PANTERA.' But we were stabbed in the back, left out in the cold, and so were the PANTERA fans. The dude had some less then favorable things to say about the band. Basically the line was drawn in the sand. When me and [DAMAGEPLAN guitarist] Dime did it [referring to playing with PANTERA — Ed.], it was 100% no fucking around, no side projects, no bullshit, no nothing. That's the way it should be and that's how I feel about DAMAGEPLAN. So PANTERA is done and I don't think their will ever be a reunion." With regards to the possibility of DAMAGEPLAN playing this year's Ozzfest, Vinnie said, "We have a fantastic relationship with the Osbournes, [and] if they wanted us to be there then we would be there."

DAMAGEPLAN's "New Found Power" is due on February 10 through Elektra Records.

(Thanks: Music Mania Magazine)

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