Phil Anselmo Says He Is “Nine Months Clean” & 45 Pounds Lighter

It seems Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, etc.) has been making some healthier life choices as of late. During an appearance on the If I Ruled The World podcast, the singer revealed that he is “nine months clean” and 45 pounds lighter than he was last year.

He said the following when asked about the title of Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals’ latest album “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” and how it relates to his physical and mental state:

“Speaking from my own experience, in my youngest, strongest body, I ruptured a lower disc at about the age of 24, and just up to this past January, I’ve been at war with it. So chronic pain meets every medication that you can get from a doctor or not, I’ve done ’em all. So that has been a battle, man. And if you mix the chronic pain and the Hydrocodone, which is another catalyst for another drug, which would be Xanax — it commonly goes hand in hand — that is a toxic brew in the brain, man. So it’s a war. And I’ve gotta say now — shoot, man, I am nine months clean and I haven’t had a drink in almost three years. Man, I’m feeling better and better.”

He went on to say it was nice being sober for his 50th birthday:

“My 50th was better than my 30th and 40th by lightyears, man. Just peace of mind and knowing I wasn’t gonna wake up the next day with a hangover — that’s a good feeling, man, every day.”

He also added the following about the challenges of overcoming the physical issues related to the damage he suffered in his back, neck, and knees from years of touring:

“It is hard work and dedication to get back to a physical point that you’re happy with. But, man, I’m down to 175 [pounds] from 220 a year ago. 175 — I’m light heavyweight right now, man. I’ve been kayaking and rocking the bag for 12 rounds. So I can do all that, man. So I know I just know that the physical part is… I know it’s a battle and all that, but it’s also doable.”

In a separate interview with AXS, he also talked about wanting to be lighter for tour:

“I wanted to put the least amount on any joints because all the stage work is more than your back — it’s your knees, it’s joints. It’s so much easier on the joints to be light. I knew it would be an obstacle if I did weigh too much. I don’t want to brag about it, but I have no use for pain medication or any of that shit. It’s like an incredible flip of the script because I am breaking bad habits that I had for so long. It’s interesting. It’s weird how many bad habits you build up over time when you’re in that position.”

[via Blabbermouth]


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]

Watch Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Perfom A Pantera Medley In San Antonio, TX

During Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals’ September 7 show at The Rock Box in San Antonio, TX, the group perfomed a Pantera medley featuring “Death Rattle”, “Domination,” and “Hollow.” You can see footage of that below:

Vinnie Paul All-Star Tributes To Be Held At Louder Than Life & Aftershock Festivals

This year’s Louder Than Life and Aftershock festivals will be hosting some special all-star tributes for the late Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH, etc.). The sets are being curated by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin and they will feature various artists performing Pantera and Damageplan covers.

Members of the following bands will be participating:

Louder Than Life: Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, HELLYEAH, Sevendust, GWAR, Bullet For My Valentine, Body Count, Kyng, Cane Hill, and more.

Aftershock: Korn, Godsmack, Deftones, HELLYEAH, Shinedown, Sevendust, GWAR, Kyng, Emmure, and more.

Mangin commented:

“Vinnie is an idol turned big time friend, and he left a massive void on this earth. When Danny [Wimmer] and Gary [Spivack] asked me to put together something special for Vin, I knew the best way to pay tribute to him would be to throw a Texas-sized jam session belting out Pan-mutha-fukkin-tera songs loud & proud! Everyone involved is doing this because they love Vinnie, and together we can all carry on his name, music and spirit forever!”

Louder Than Life will be held on September 28-30 at Champions Park in Louisville, KY and Aftershock will be held on October 13-14 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA.

Vinnie Paul’s Official Cause Of Death Revealed

Vinnie Paul Abbott’s (Pantera, HELLYEAH) official cause of death has been confirmed. The Clark County Coroner has told TMZ that the legendary drummer passed away as a result of “dilated cardiomyopathy — an enlarged heart — as well as severe coronary artery disease — a heart condition.”

The following statement was shared on Pantera’s Facebook page:

“This is the official statement on behalf of the passing of Vincent Paul Abbott.

Vincent Paul Abbott died from natural causes, specifically, dilated cardiomyopathy. Severe coronary artery disease was identified as a significant condition to the cause of death according to the official report submitted by the Clark County Coroner’s office.

We ask that you please continue to respect the privacy of the family and friends of Vinnie Paul.

No further statement will be issued.

Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott
March 11, 1964 – June 22, 2018″

Vinnie Paul passed away on June 22 at the age of 54. He was buried at Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, TX, near his late brother and bandmate Dimebag Darrell Abbott, and their late mother.

Watch Anthrax Play A Partial Cover Of Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell”

During Anthrax’s July 31 show in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the band played a partial cover of Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell” before breaking into “Caught In A Mosh.” You can see footage of that below:

Disturbed Pay Tribute To Vinnie Paul With Live Cover Of Pantera’s “Walk”

During Disturbed’s July 14 set at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI, the band paid tribute to the late Vinnie Paul (Pantera, HELLYEAH) with a touching speech and live cover of Pantera’s “Walk.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Vinnie Paul passed away on June 22 at the age of 54. An official cause of a death has yet to be revealed, but early reports have suggested his death was the result of a “major heart attack.”