Phil Anselmo Reveals What He Would Say to Vinnie Paul
Given the Opportunity -
Down and former Pantera
frontman Phil Anselmo has opened up on
his rift between former bandmate and drumming colossus,
Anselmo, whose ongoing feud with Paul has been well documented
through the years, was speaking with
LoudWire about his forthcoming solo album 'Walk Through
Exits Only' when the interview turned to toward the vocalist's
relationship with Paul and what he would say if he had the chance
for a heart-to-heart with his former bandmate:
"Well, first and foremost, I'd tell him I love him. I love the
guy - as different as both of us are individually, we're very
different people. But the same can be said for all of us in
Pantera. Rex [Brown] and I are very different people. Dimebag and
everybody [were] very different people.
I would let Vince Paul know that I love him very much, and I
would apologize to him for his misinterpretation in not
understanding where I was coming from in my lowest point in our
career. And then I would definitely touch upon how much lack of
communication played a big role in our breaking up. A lot of that
is on my back, which I've completely f-in' owned up to. But I'm not
sure the rest of them have owned up to their side of things,
especially Vince, when it comes to communication.
At least in my life, I cannot hold onto grudges. It's a
waste of energy, a waste of time. And really, and I feel strongly
about this, after we lost Dimebag in such a horrific way, I just
cannot help but feel that Vinnie Paul's entire healing process
could have been helped a lot more had he reached out to Rex and I,
and we could have healed somehow together - whether you want to
call it 'healing' or not. But if we would have really focused
together on this thing and come out of it as brothers - because we
are brothers - in certain ways we could have formed an even
stronger bond together. But that did not happen and I think it's
Put it this way, I don't ever expect Vince to bend or break
on his stance at all, I really don't. But if ever given the chance,
man, to get straight back to your f-in' question, I would just
really give him all the apologies, I'd tell him I love him and then
I would say, 'Look, let's get down to differences now. You're gonna
have to hear my side of it. Take it or leave it, because you can
leave it - you've already locked it out for x amount of years.
What's the harm in hearing me out one on one, away from everybody?
What's the harm?'
I have no anger toward Vince. No one can question a person -
really he saw Darrell get shot. That's a scarring thing for
anybody. I wish it can be seen for what it is and that blame did
not have to fall on anyone's head or any circumstance. Because
really it was a psychopath who had a hard-on for Pantera and it's
very well-known fact between Rex and I, between my family and
myself - we all had to go through a lot of soul searching - but it
could have been Rex, it could have been me, it could have been
Vince. It was Darrell that was murdered and it's just the way it
happened. I could say, "I wish it would have been me'" or anything
like that - I can say a million f-in' things, man, and it still
would not bring Dime back.
So this is always gonna be a tough thing to talk about, and
I really wish instead of talking about it in this interview, Vince
and I can be talking about it together and just ironing this thing
out. I'll end it with this: I don't think this is fair to the
Pantera fans. I really don't. When you're a fan of a band, you
don't wanna hear about them fighting. You don't want to hear about
their negativity. You don't want to read that s-t. You don't want
to f-in' hear about that crap.
I think it would mean a whole lot to a whole lot of people
if one day Vince and I and Rex could all sit in the same room and
work things out to the best of [our] abilities. I think everyone
would breathe a great big sigh of relief, but the sad thing is I
just don't see it happening."
Philip Anselmo's debut solo album, 'Walk
Through Exits Only,' comes out July 16.