The Very Busy Phil Anselmo Talks Beatles And Blues Before Show At Best Buy Theater

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The metal lineup thundering into the Best Buy Theater tonight should be called the Housecore Records Tour: ex-Pantera frontman and Housecore Records founder Phil Anselmo has produced or is performing in all but one of the four bands on the bill.

Both the openers, Haarp and WARBEAST--from Louisiana and Texas, respectively--have two albums each on the Housecore label. And the headliner, Down, also from New Orleans, features Anselmo on vocals. In short, he's a busy dude.

(The one band not from a Southern state and not with Housecore? That would be Saint Vitus, who made history in Brooklyn on Tuesday.)

Getting Anselmo on the phone is no simple task (it took weeks), but we finally tracked him down two days ago. He spoke to us from Philly about the Beatles, the blues, and the persistent Pantera "reunion" rumor.


We've heard you were quite a performer as a toddler and that you used to entertain your family. Is that true?

I will say that it is true. I was always singing, and I guess I was a shrimp-like entertainer at one time...the Beatles were probably the biggest influence in my life when I was a kid. So, you could take your pick out of any song. As a little boy, I was singing: [sings] "Lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time." And everybody's clappin' and shit like that.

Down has been called a "supergroup." What's the songwriting process like for the band?

We are all guitar players to a certain degree. We all bring riffs to the table. Not all of them are used, but most of them [are] used. It really is a cumulative input type thing. If there's any sole thing that is different about the contribution, it would be, I write all of the lyrics, and they do their leads. Other than that, it's a big group effort.

In metal, vocals range from singing to screaming. How do you think your own style has evolved over the course of your career?

With Pantera, there was, in my very young mind, this big yearning to cross what I was enjoying about hardcore and thrash metal and speed metal at the time, where melody kind of went out the window, but still there was a power there. With Down, this is the type of band where, 99-percent of the time, I have to be in key when I'm singing. So, I can't really rely on a bunch of screaming, but when I do it...I'm kind of thinking a little bit of James Brown. To me, Down is a slippery, soulful, almost bluesy metal band. Even Pantera was bluesy a whole lot of times in the riffing.

We like to think of Pantera as the blues on steroids.

I totally understand that. I really do. As far as our influence that we left on the world, the easiest thing to grasp would be the chugging parts of our music...but a lot of people failed to realize that there were bluesy parts in there.

There have been rumors floating around of a Pantera "reunion" with Zakk Wylde. Is that real, and would that include you?

Well, it would better damn well fuckin' include me, or it wouldn't be Pantera. I talked to Zakk about two weeks ago, and he's very open for it. He's got an open mind about it. But, truth be told, Vince [Abbott] has got a grudge against me that is really unfounded. And, honestly, I've always had a wide-open door when it comes to Vince.

If it takes me standin' there and lettin' that little guy punch me in the fuckin' face repeatedly, over and over and over, til his hands were tired of hittin' my rock-hard fuckin' head, as long as we could sit down and talk afterwards, I'm all for it, man.

Would there be any issue with someone else playing Dimebag's guitar parts?

Well, now, I didn't say that the Pantera thing is a realistic thing. I don't think that's the important thing. I think what the important thing is, what Zakk and I discussed, is just Vince actually dropping his guard and realizing there is no treachery afoot.

Anything else you wanted to add?

Shit, man. Fuckin' come on New York City. That's one of my favorite fuckin' places, man. Fuckin' bring it on.


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28 comments
zakkgrant
zakkgrant

Do the god damn reunion already. There's a lot of people who'd like to see Pantera who didn't have the chance.w

RobertW45896731
RobertW45896731

@SugarBearOG really? I thought I saw they made up well atleast DIMEBAG's GF anyways... Hmm

REVISTA_HRB
REVISTA_HRB

@RockEncounter No sólo de Vinnie.. Esto nos dijo REX al respecto en una entrevista que tuvimos con él hace poco... http://t.co/o0BIkhQ9

KoldoZerua
KoldoZerua

@Danimetalcrew anselmo lo que deberia hacer, es reconocer que es un gilipollas de cuidao

rigoriron
rigoriron

@Danimetalcrew esto ya se hablo hace tiempo, pero al final no salio pa adelante...

BilbaoIsRock
BilbaoIsRock

@Danimetalcrew Sería la hostia otro creo haber leído que Vinnie Paul no está por la labor...

stubell1
stubell1

Vince, c'mon, just release your grudge, and move on...Dime would tell Vinnie...ENUFF! Phil is cool, and playing with Saint Vitus that's really cool!!

dartvader_90
dartvader_90

Do it man we love all of you and Pantera is Our Drug! Do it for you're fans!

MaldadZombie
MaldadZombie

@TheBurpMan are you kidding me?!?!?! CTM ME ACABAS DE ALEGRAR EL DIA WN!!!!

SugarBearOG
SugarBearOG

@RobertW45896731 I don't know but just seeing the last bit of that article makes me think they never made up

Danimetalcrew
Danimetalcrew

@BilbaoIsRock Lo que hoy es imposible, mañana... De momento no se hablan.

MaldadZombie
MaldadZombie

@CheCorchete @theburpman wn quien mejor para ocupa el puesto de Dimebag q su mejo amigo!! RCTM el hype me consume!!!

RobertW45896731
RobertW45896731

@SugarBearOG hmm I just read it, very mind blowing I guess you can say, maybe they haven't made up, only time will tell

CheCorchete
CheCorchete

@MaldadZombie @theburpman La dura. Zakk es EL reemplazo de Dimmebag

RobertW45896731
RobertW45896731

@SugarBearOG I know lol I just had to get clarification on the patch up since some people refuse to believe

SugarBearOG
SugarBearOG

@RobertW45896731 I know lol it just sounded good

RobertW45896731
RobertW45896731

@SugarBearOG lmao eminem started it and the only difference with that is that it's been patched up and vinnie is still grudging Phil

SugarBearOG
SugarBearOG

@RobertW45896731 Yeah, I just think the whole beef between them is crazy. Almost as crazy as the Eminem & ICP beef over a flyer lol

RobertW45896731
RobertW45896731

@SugarBearOG yeah but that's also not his problem, Phil did it so he deals with it. There's probably something Phil holds on vinnie for to

SugarBearOG
SugarBearOG

@RobertW45896731 True that! The only reason he's even got the grudge was from some bullshit interview Phil did with some magazine

RobertW45896731
RobertW45896731

@SugarBearOG I think vinnie holding a grudge is unreasonable, yeah pantera had its differences but it wasn't Phil's fault for the murder

SugarBearOG
SugarBearOG

@RobertW45896731 From what that video says, Phil & Rita made up but Vinnie is still holding a grudge

MaldadZombie
MaldadZombie

@TheBurpMan @checorchete se sabe q es un veremos, pero es realmente necesario q vuela Pantera, mas con la musica de mierda q hay ahora =/

TheBurpMan
TheBurpMan

@MaldadZombie @CheCorchete igual es un "veremos" nada mas, ojalá se concrete

MaldadZombie
MaldadZombie

@CheCorchete @theburpman es mas no veo a nadie mas en ese puesto, y lo dije el mismo año q Dimebag fallecio

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