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.”
Keyboardist Emmi Silvennoinen of Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM will be forced to sit out the band’s South American tour — which is scheduled to kick off on May 28 in Bogota, Colombia — due to personal reasons. The group states: “The shows will go ahead as planned and the band will perform with Emmi’s parts as backing tracks, so you needn’t worry about the shows missing the signature ENSIFERUM melodies!
“We’d like to assure you that everything is fine within the band — Emmi is healthy and this is just for this tour because of circumstances beyond her control. She will be performing at future ENSIFERUM shows.
“We hope to see as many of you as possible at the shows and look forward to playing in South America for the first time!”
ENSIFERUM recently forged a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band signed the agreement with Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel during thePaganfest USA tour, and all parties are enthusiastic about new
Danish/American rockers VOLBEAT were honored in the “Rock/Alternative International” category at this year’s Echo music awards, Germany’s equivalent of the Grammy awards, which was held March 27 in Berlin. Video footage of their acceptance speech can be seen below. Also nominated in the “Rock/Alternative International” category were 30 SECONDS TO MARS, PLACEBO, IMAGINE DRAGONS and BLACK SABBATH.
VOLBEAT’s latest album, “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies”, was re-released in a special “tour edition” on November 4, 2013. The new version of the act’s fifth studio album contains new bonus tracks and a live DVD. The latter features footage of the group performing at a number of major summer festivals in Europe, including the Download festival in the U.K., Rock Am Ring and Rock’n’Heim in Germany, Hellfest in France and Denmark’s Roskilde Festival.
“Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” debuted at No. 1 in several countries when it arrived in April 2012, with the disc entering the Billboard album chart at No. 9.
“Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” has sold more than 185,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
VOLBEAT will return to North America on April 3 for a tour that brings the Danish/American quartet coast to coast. The run begins at The Fillmore in Denver, Colorado and will wrap the second week of May on the East Coast, with TRIVIUM and DIGITAL SUMMER supporting.
The upcoming tour marks VOLBEAT’s fourth visit to North American this album cycle, and follows an excursion as headliners of the Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Tour in August and September 2013. This past year, the band has been one of the largest touring draws on the European continent headlining both festivals and a arena tour, and they appeared at the major Japanese festival Summer Sonic 2013 in both Tokyo and Osaka. Cumulatively, VOLBEAT has performed for over a million fans since the current album was released.