Jimmy Bower On Superjoint: “We Don’t Wanna Do It Anymore”

During a recent interview with Pierre Gutiérrez of Rock Talks, Superjoint guitarist Jimmy Bower offered an update on the current status of the band. He said the following:

“SUPERJOINT’s done, man. We don’t wanna do it anymore. We got back together, did a new record and we toured for, like, two or three years. And that’s it. [Philip and Stephen are] focusing on THE ILLEGALS and I’m doing EYEHATEGOD.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Phil Anselmo Says He Doesn’t Feel Like Doing Superjoint Anymore, Discusses Possible Down “NOLA” 25th Anniversary Shows

During a recent interview with Metal Underground, Phil Anselmo offered some updates on Superjoint and Down. The singer says he doesn’t feel like doing Superjoint anymore and that Down may do some “NOLA” 25th anniversary shows next year.

Anselmo said the following:

“I don’t really feel like doing Superjoint anymore. With Down, we’ve got the 25th anniversary coming up of ‘NOLA‘ [in 2020], so I would expect to do some gigs there. But also it needs to be respected that Pepper is doing C.O.C.; Jimmy‘s really been doing a lot of Eyehategod as well; and Kirk is doing Crowbar. And that’s one thing: if we do anything for the 25th anniversary of the ‘NOLA‘ album, I want Kirk in the band. I don’t wanna interrupt anybody’s life. If we do something, it’ll be a couple of shows here and there, maybe a special thing.”

Down have been inactive for several years due to Anselmo‘s infamous “white power” chant and Nazi salute at the 2016 Dimebash. The frontman has since apologized for the incident numerous times and more recently called it an “off-color joke.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Phil Anselmo Discusses The Fallout From His Infamous “White Power” Incident At 2016 Dimebash

During a new interview with Kerrang!, Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.) once again commented on his infamous “white power” chant and Nazi salute at the 2016 Dimebash. The singer is still facing some backlash from the racist outburst, which recently resulted in the cancellation of Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals’ New Zealand shows earlier this year.

Anselmo said the following about the incident:

“I feel like it’s ridiculous. I made an off-color joke and ‘Boom!’ – it’s like I’m literally Hitler! I’m not. I take each individual one at a time, in the way that any logical individual will. I have love in my heart. Over the years I’ve learned to take the first step with love and to put good faith first. I get along with everybody. If there’s any doubt about my political leanings, people should get it out of their heads.

I was raised amongst a dazzling [cast of characters] from the theatre, from the mental hospital, from all walks of life – all colors, creeds and kinds. It’s absurd to me that anyone in this day and age would judge anyone by the color of their skin, their heritage or their religion. I’m a harmless guy. I’m a reactionary, not a troublemaker.”

He also added the following when asked if he would trade success for anonymity:

“I’m a realist. What has happened has happened. What is going to happen is going to happen. What am I supposed to do about it? Am I supposed to re-live shit, or rewind time? Erase people’s memories? If you stack what I’ve done up against all the horrible things that have been done on this earth, I’d hope that I’d come pretty low on the list. I don’t have a racist bone in my body. My heroes are everybody.”

José Manuel Gonzalez (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Superjoint) Defends Phil Anselmo Against Racist Accusations

Back in 2016, Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, etc.) received a lot of backlash after infamously chanting “white power” and throwing a Nazi salute while performing at Dimebash. He ultimately apologized and said the whole thing was related to an inside joke about white wine and people in the audience who were calling him a racist beforehand. Now, during a recent appearance on Jon’s Untitled Podcast, drummer José Manuel Gonzalez defended his Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals/Superjoint bandmate.

Gonzalez said the following:

“Not a lot of people know this, but I was there that night. Me and Steven [Taylor] actually went up there as guests for NAMM.

For me, man, what made me the maddest out of that whole situation was that everybody that wanted to throw around this nasty word about one of my best friends, not one media outlet decided to look at pictures of him jamming with Superjoint Ritual. Kevin Bond is half black and Jimmy Bower, he’s American but he’s pretty coonass, so that’s, like, kinda — he’s pretty much there.

And as for me, I’m full-blooded Mexican, dude. And Marzi [Montazeri] at the time, when he was in the band, Marzi is Persian, or whatever he likes to call himself.

So we have different backgrounds, and what made me the maddest out of the entire ordeal is not one media outlet or publication decided to call me, decided to call Kevin, decided to call anybody that actually worked with Philip.

They fucking all got quotes from all these uppity fucking dickheads that call Philip a friend and they just wanted to fucking make it seem like Philip owed something to the rest of the fucking world. I mean, it was just ridiculous.

I was behind him since day one. I knew it was… When I saw it happen, I was, like, ‘Oh, man, that was weird. That might bite us in the ass.’ But he’s he’s one of my best friends, dude. I’ll go to bat for that motherfucker for anything, dude. And again, not one person, not one media outlet decided to call us, call his bandmates, and be, like, ‘How is he, really?

How does Philip really treat you guys?’ And it’s, like, well, I had a baby. He’s helped me… He’s put me on the road. He’s given me a job. He’s given me a life, a career. I mean, he’s helped me grow. And if you’re saying that he is what he is, there is no way a person that is that evil and thinks like that would ever help somebody from another ethnicity feed their children, feed their child, grow, build a family, have a home — all these amazing things.”

“I became a young man with Philip‘s guidance. I’ve traveled the world with him. And you’re gonna just base your idea and negate everything this man has done over one stupid incident that happened way too far in the night when people that are professionals absolutely know that no rock star needs a microphone in his hand at 2:30 in the morning at a party.

I mean, it’s just common sense. Everybody was excited for him to be there. And another thing is it no one really… the video that was posted that went viral, that’s why videos go viral — because they are snippets of the best piece of whatever tragic, traumatic, hilarious event that happened. There was a dude that was on his balls, goading him for a good 15, 20 minutes, because, like I said, it was the end of the night and he was drunk and he was rambling anyways, so there was a dude talking shit all the way up until that.

But no one sees that, no one brings that up. That was aimed at nobody but one particular dickhead that was being a dickhead. But nobody cares — nobody cares because he’s fucking famous.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Phil Anselmo To Undergo Back Surgery Next Week

It looks like Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, etc.) is set to undergo back surgery once again on January 31. He confirmed the news to Jack Antonio in the below interview:

Anselmo said the following:

“I’m going under the knife next Wednesday. I’m having a follow-up surgery that’s gonna nip something that has been nagging me for the last fucking decade in the bud, and damn it, once this last little kink is ironed out, I’ll feel a whole lot better, man. Which means a better me, [and] that means more work, more gigs, more ability to do gigs, and shit like that. So that’s always wonderful.”

He also added:

“I think the only pain I have left is this one little nagging thing. I think once they zap that, shit… I guess I’ll be closest to feeling as close to normal for the first time in decades.

I’ve talked to everybody close to me and tried to explain to them that I’m gonna have to re-learn how to live life, man, on many, many different levels. It’s interesting. But it’s good. I look at it as a positive, because after a decade of the nagging thing, I’d hit a wall, and when I hit a wall, I get pissed off and I tend to hit back, and my way of hitting back is resenting my condition. Therefore I’m doing everything in my power to overcome, and I’m gonna do it, man, again. Watch.”

The operation will be done by the same surgeon that performed surgery on Anselmo in 2006.

[via Blabbermouth]

Superjoint Announce 2017 Tour With DevilDriver, King Parrot, Cane Hill, & Child Bite

Superjoint have announced a fall tour with DevilDriver, King Parrot, Cane Hill, and Child Bite. Check out the dates below.

Tour Dates:

09/23 Austin, TX – Come & Take It Live
09/24 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
09/25 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
09/27 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
09/28 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
09/29 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
09/30 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
10/01 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
10/04 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
10/06 Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
10/07 Chesterfield, MI – Diesel
10/08 Indianapolis, IN – Vogue
10/09 Joliet, IL – The Forge
10/11 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
10/12 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
10/13 Reading, PA – Reverb
10/14 Worcester, MA – Palladium Rock N Shock
10/15 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
10/17 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
10/19 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
10/20 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live!

Superjoint Ritual Add More Dates To Spring 2017 Tour With Battlecross & Child Bite

Superjoint Ritual have added some more shows to their spring tour with Battlecross and Child Bite. You can see the updated schedule below.

Tour Dates:

04/21 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
04/22 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Backroom
04/23 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
04/25 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
04/26 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
04/27 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
04/29 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
04/30 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
05/02 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/03 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
05/05 Billings, MT – Pub Station
05/06 Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
05/07 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
05/09 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
05/10 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
05/12 Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
05/13 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
05/15 Dallas, TX – Trees

Superjoint Ritual Announce Spring 2017 Tour With Battlecross & Child Bite

Superjoint Ritual have announced some spring shows with Battlecross and Child Bite this year. The dates for that can be seen below.

Tour Dates:

04/21 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
04/22 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Backroom
04/23 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
04/25 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
04/27 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
04/29 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
04/30 San Fransico, CA – Slim’s
05/02 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/03 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
05/09 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
05/10 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall