Ex-PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo spoke toArtisan News about his desire to reconnect with his former PANTERA bandmate Vinnie Paul Abbott more than eight years since ex-PANTERAguitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was shot and killed by a crazed gunman while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at a Columbus, Ohio rock club.
Vinnie, who is Dimebag‘s brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since PANTERA 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.
Asked if he thinks Vinnie Paul will ever be open to repairing the rift,Anselmo said (see video below): “You know, that would be a question forVinnie Paul; I don’t know. But once again I’ll say that I love him. I feel his pain every single day. Dime was very much my brother, Rex‘s [Brown;PANTERA bassist] brother as well.”
He continued: “In this life, one thing I’ve learned is that it does not take pure blood to make family; it’s the relationship and how strong you hold that bond. And once again, my door is always open for Vince.”
Dimebag‘s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney has called on Vinnie andAnselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, telling the producers of “Behind The Music Remastered: Pantera” that she forgave the singer after they found themselves unexpectedly face to face at a concert in California.
In Rex Brown‘s memoir, “Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera”, Haney said: “My line has softened over the years sinceDarrell‘s death, probably because I feel an element of forgiveness and a desire for everybody to get along. No matter what ever happened, nobody did this to Darrell. I mean, they — Rex and Philip — didn’t. The person who did it did it, and no matter what reason the killer — if he was still alive today — could give to justify that, it wouldn’t change anything. But when you go through something like this, you want to lay blame somewhere. Obviously I had resentment to Rex and Philip because I had to watchDarrell trying to save his band. I wanted to fix it for him. As far as Philipis concerned, we are at least communicating, albeit on a fairly surface level. We haven’t talked about any deep things like resentments because I’ve told him that I still harbor some resentment for how he handled band issues and how that impacted Darrell and I’ve made that very clear to him. And it’s hard for me to trust him. But we’ll see. It’s a start and in time we’ll probably sit down face to face.”
She continued: “Despite all the issues I’ll say this: going out selling the merchandise for Darrell every summer has given me a whole different perspective. When you are with all the people that PANTERA‘s music touched and you hear the stories they have about how a certain song got them through, even if they never got to see them, it makes you realize that you’re being selfish and that your issues are petty and false. I’m not the big picture. They are. I’m so grateful for all the things I learned fromDarrell and I want to try to be that kind of person you know. Better.”
She added: “I wish Vince was more like his brother when it comes to welcoming new people into his world, instead of feeling strapped up or that it’s a problem or an inconvenience. Of course it can be overwhelming, I used to watch Darrell every day and marveled at how amazing he was at handling it, but I wish there was more of that in Vinnie. I know he has never really dealt with the death of his brother head on, and instead he’s chosen to shut it away and hope that he’ll never have to discuss it. If he was open to sharing some of his stories with people, he might just find peace, and if he let people in, he might also just see the big picture I’m talking about.”
Singer Rob Halford of British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST was interviewed on this past Friday’s (May 10) edition of Eddie Trunk’s”Friday Night Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM. A transcript of the chat follows below.
Eddie Trunk: I saw you get up and do [JUDAS PRIEST’s “Rapid Fire”] with METALLICA [on May 2 at Revolver Golden Gods in Los Angeles].
Rob Halford: Yeah, was another great night. Let me quickly bring everybody up to speed about that. Out of the blue, I get this really cool e-mail from the guys from FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, and much like you do in metal, you know, you just throw things out there and see what happens. And they said they had this cool song [“Lift Me Up”] and they wondered whether there was a chance of me jumping in and doing some singing on the track. And I asked them to send it to me, and, man, as soon as I heard it, I just lit up. I said, “I want to be a part of this.” So a few days later, I was in Las Vegas recording it.
It’s been pretty quiet on the VAN HALEN front lately but we’ve now found out why – they’re working on a new album. ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti broke the news when he was telling VH1 Radio Network’s Dave Basner about how new music is coming along with his solo band, TREMONTI, which includes VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen.
Said Mark: “With Wolfgang in the band now, he does a lot of work with VAN HALEN right now, they’re putting together a new album, so it’s going to be hard to get everybody’s schedules to line up.”
When VH1 Radio Network asked Tremonti if Wolfie tells him how the new VAN HALEN music is sounding, Mark said: “You know, he doesn’t. He just says, ‘Yeah, sounds great, man. Sounds great.'”
After singer David Lee Roth said in an interview last summer that VAN HALEN has started work on its 13th studio album, the next question was whether the material will be freshly written or pulled from the band’s vaults. Many of the songs on 2012’s “A Different Kind Of Truth” originated from demos going back to the group’s earliest days, and Wolfgang Van Halen told The Pulse Of Radio that there’s more where that came from. “There’s plenty of other ideas lying around and some new stuff that we’ve been working on too,” he said. “You never know what’ll happen.”
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Roth told comedian Jim Florentine back in August: “I was up at [guitarist] Edward’s [Van Halen] house three days ago, and we’re starting to put music together. We’re writing; I write lyrics routinely and the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week up at Ed’s place.”
But Roth also cautioned that fans should not expect to hear the finished follow-up to 2012’s “A Different Kind Of Truth” for at least 18 months.
“A Different Kind Of Truth” was the first new VAN HALEN album in 14 years and the first since 1984 to feature Roth, the band’s original singer, on lead vocals.
The disc debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, selling 187,000 copies in its first week of release.
The group toured through the spring and early part of the summer of 2012 behind the album, but abruptly pulled off the road that June due to “exhaustion.” A severe intestinal disorder later sidelined Eddie Van Halen, restricting the band to only sporadic live show