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Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo Brings his Illegals to SA

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Abbott and Anselmo had a public feud ever since Anselmo was blamed for the breakup of Pantera (Anselmo claims the band never contacted him to return); Metal Hammer magazine quoted Anselmo stating “Dimebag deserves to be beaten severely” in 2004 (the same year of Abbott’s death), and that was just too much for some fans and Abbott’s family. Even though Anselmo claimed his comments were tongue-in-cheek and that he was furious the “goddamn magazine” put his quotes on the cover, Abbott’s family requested that Anselmo not attend the funeral. Some even speculated that Abbott’s death was related to his fights with Anselmo, but the connection was emphatically denied by police.

“There is no evidence leading detectives to believe Nathan Gale was communicating with Phil Anselmo or any other individual ... in an effort to hurt Dimebag Darrell Abbott,” said a police detective report cited by the Columbus Dispatch in 2004.

After Abbott’s funeral, Anselmo posted a teary video on YouTube in which he repeatedly says “I’m sorry” to Abbott’s family, band members, fans and friends.

“Bless his family and all of his close friends,” a visibly moved Anselmo said in the video. “I never got to say goodbye in the right way, and it kills me.”

Last September, Anselmo seemed finally ready to make amends with his former Pantera bandmates.

“For me, really, I think it would mean a lot for [bassist] Rex [Brown] and [drummer] Vince [Abbott, Dimebag’s brother] and myself to sit down and, I guess, bury the hatchet where we can be on more friendly terms,” he told Fuse TV. “And, you know, I think it would mean a lot to the fans. Without Vince, there’s not any Pantera reunion at all; it’s useless. But he damn well knows my door’s wide open. He needs to bust out the keys and unlock his, man. I’m waiting, but I’m not holding my breath.”

When asked by the Current, all Anselmo said is that he lamented the fact that Pantera “will never happen again.”

In any case, Phil Anselmo in 2004 looked and sounded completely different than Phil Anselmo in 2014—now, he’s on. After a New York show in September, The New York Times described Anselmo’s set as “remarkable.”

“The Illegals make a much more complicated, splintered-groove, quick-change kind of metal than his other bands of the last decade,” wrote Ben Ratliff. “Lots of breaks, sequential or alternating riffs and strains and rhythms powered by double bass drums.”

The man behind the drums, Fort Worth’s “Blue” González, met Anselmo when he was 18.

“He just turned 22, 23 recently,” Anselmo said (González will be 24 in July). “He’s a baby, and I had to teach him, or re-teach him, the structure of extreme music the way I saw it, because there [are] a lot of time signatures changes within the music that are not concurrent with everyday black metal.”

The second leg of the tour started in Houston on January 10 and, depending on his mood, SA fans may have a chance to listen to a handful of Pantera and Down classics.

“I think every night should be different,” Anselmo said. “We’re definitely going to play most of our stuff but, as far as blasts from the past, I’m going to leave it up to how I feel that night. Anything is possible, really.”

Playing in SA means he’ll be returning to a place he knows well.

“I tour all over the world and in SA there’s always, always, always a gigantic Hispanic, Mexican presence, and they’re always some of the greatest heavy metal fans ever, anywhere,” he said. “Don’t ever think I don’t remember SA. I love SA and it’s going to be great to come back.”

Technicians of Distortion Tour feat. Phil Anselmo & the Illegals

8pm Mon, Jan 27
Backstage Live
1305 E Houston
(210) 229-1988

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