Brazil’s Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with formerPANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud player below.
Asked about the possibility of a PANTERA reunion with Zakk Wylde(BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) filling in for the late“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on guitar, Anselmo said: “Honestly — and I’ve spoken with Zakk about it as well — we’re very aware of the public perception out there, but honestly, until I speak with Vinnie Paul[Abbott, former PANTERA drummer], which has not yet happened, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, nothing can happen. Honestly, I tell you, my phone is on the hook, my e-mail is wide open, my door is wide open. I would love to talk with Vince. Honestly, if there were no more bad feelings and we could talk, and we could come to an understanding, I think it would mean not only a lot for me and myself — it would mean the world to me — but it would mean a great deal to the fans out there as well. I think people don’t want to see this arguing anymore. It’s time for some peace. It’s time for some brotherhood. And honestly, we should be setting an example instead of being the opposite. And I’ll just say that my door is wide open, and so far, Vinnie‘s door is closed, and it’s a shame.”
Dimebag‘s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on Vinnie Paul Abbott and Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, who was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing withDAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.
Vinnie, who is Dimebag‘s brother, and Anselmo have not spoken sincePANTERA split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag‘s death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag‘s killer.