PHILIP ANSELMO On Hypothetical PANTERA ‘Reunion’: I Would Do It In A F**king Heartbeat’
In a new interview with Randy “Rocket” Cody of The Metal Den, Phil Anselmo was asked if John Reese (the producer of the Mayhem Festival) approached the three surviving members of PANTERA about resurrecting the band for an appearance at the event.
“Well, if it is true, then they are not the only ones,” Anselmo responded. “We’ve been approached a bunch of times. But the truth is the wind only blows one way one time.”
He continued: “You know, the truth of the whole matter is I have moved on. And I move forward. And I think Vinnie Paul [Abbott, former Pantera drummer] has done the same thing. And I think Rex [Brown, former Pantera bassist] has moved in his own direction.”
Anselmo added: “We could talk all in circles all day, but the truth of the matter is that if you don’t have the willingness of the remaining living members, then it’s not there.
“We had plenty of offers. But Vince is doing what he wants to do, and all we can do is respect that.”
After Cody told Anselmo that he would love nothing more than to see the three surviving members of Pantera share the stage together again, the singer replied: “You are part of a large contingency that feels that way, and I respect the fuck out of that. And I’ll tell you what: I would do it in a fucking heartbeat. If everybody was on board, I would do it in a fucking hearbeat. Because I think with the added truth that… it would be in honor of our fallen brother Dimebag [late Pantera guitarist Darrell Abbott]… That would motivate me to do it absolutely a hundred percent for no other reason other than you and the contingency of people… who want to see it. Or the whole generation or two that missed out on it. I get all of that. I get all sides of it. So count me in, Jack!”
Anselmo added: “Believe me, if the phone call came tomorrow, I’d be the first one doing pushups!”