Phil Anselmo: ‘Pantera set out to destroy glam and spandex’
Former Pantera and Downmain man Philip Anselmo says he set out with the intention of tearing down the popular glam rock culture in the club scene when Pantera began.
Speaking to Radio.com he recalled setting out on the road with band in their early days when the landscape of the rock world was very different.
He says: “We are guys from the underground despite my success with Pantera, but my heart has always lay with the underground of heavy metal and extreme music. That’s where I shout well.
“My whole mission was to destroy the whole club scene in Texas, the thought and the entire protocol of the entire club scene. We started incorporating heavier music and more and more people starting coming along and I wasn’t just the new guy any more. People were buying into it and the clubs were packed and I started saying ‘I don’t like glam music and I don’t like popular rock’n’roll.’
“Eventually when we were packing out these clubs I said I am never going to wear a pair of spandex again in my life. We are packing the clubs. What are they going to do? Turn us down? All they want is a packed house.”
Although busy promoting his debut solo record, Anselmo also promised fans a new Down record sooner than people may be expecting. “We already have some awesome riffs and killer parts and I’ve been writing lyrics for about a year now just to be geared up and have my ammunition ready,” he reveals.
“Honestly, if we put our heads into it this month there no reason why it can’t be out in the first quarter next year.”
Meanwhile, Anselmo says life has been both ‘horrific’ and ‘damn good’ as he discusses his forthcoming autobiography – tentatively titled Mouth For War: Pantera, Pain, & Pride – Heavy Metal Highs, Drugged Out Lows, And The Battle For My Life.
Speaking to the Washington Times he explains: “There’s a lot of stories and a very, very interesting journey to fuckin’ even get to the Pantera chapters. It took quite a while and quite a lot of different craziness in my life to even fuckin’ get to the point to where I was able to join Pantera.
“So, a lot of shit happened before Pantera, and then obviously the Pantera days were fucking insane in their own way. Since the death of Dimebag [Darrell, Pantera guitarist] and the break-up of Pantera before that, a whole lot of shit has happened, as well, both horrific and pretty damn fucking good.”
He adds: “These days, man, you know, it’s like I’m ten years clean from any fucking hard drugs at all and fuckin’ haven’t touched a drop of whiskey since 2001. Honestly, there’s a big, I guess, educational, if you want to put it like that, portion of the book that shows there’s somewhat of a ray of light even at the fuckin’ lamest part of your life or the lowest part of your life. If people can learn from me, good, good for them. It’s gonna be an interesting book.”
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