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.”
METALLICA will share the stage with renowned concert pianist Lang Lang during the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26.
Says METALLICA: “We’re honored to be asked back to the Grammys to perform…
“It’s been 22 years since the last time we hit the stage at the annual awards show!
“This performance will be truly special with Lang Lang, who has appeared on stages all over the world including the opening ceremonies at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, a White House state dinner, World Cup ceremonies, and the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm among many other acclaimed appearances.
“We are also very proud that the ‘Through The Never’ soundtrack has been nominated for a Grammy for ‘Best Recording Package’ and we’re hoping for another win for our friends from Turner Duckworth, who also designed the ‘Death Magnetic’ art and took home the mini gramophone in 2009.”
The 56th annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Los Angeles Staples Center and will be broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
METALLICA will head into the studio in early 2014 to begin work on its 10th studio album. The band will emerge next summer for a European tour on which each night’s set list will be chosen online by fans attending the gig.
The band’s traditional 18-song set will include the 17 top voted songs along with a brand new track.
The tour, dubbed the “Metallica by Request” tour, will kick off on May 28 at the Sonisphere festival in Helsinki, Finland and travel across Europe through July 11.
ALICE IN CHAINS’ videos for the songs “Voices” and “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” can be seen below. Both tracks appear on the band’s fifth studio album, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”, which sold 62,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The disc follows up 2009’s “Black Gives Way To Blue”, which was the group’s first all-new collection of material in 14 years. That CD opened with 126,000 units back in October 2009 to debut at No. 5.
ALICE IN CHAINS was last in the Top Two with its self-titled 1995 set, which debuted at No. 1 on that year’s November 25 chart, according to Billboard.com. It would be their final studio release with singer Layne Staley, who died in 2002.
“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” is ALICE IN CHAINS’ second album with William DuVall on vocals.
DuVall began touring with the group in 2006, four years after the death of Layne Stale