Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Postpone Tour With King Parrot

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals were previously planning a spring U.S. tour with King Parrot, but the trek has since been postponed until August/September. The delay comes as a result of Anselmo needing more time to recover from his recent back surgery.

Anselmo commented:

“I’ve decided to delay the Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals/King Parrot tour until August-September. As many of you know, I had a second back surgery in late January. I’m having an incredible recovery, but just want to be one-thousand percent when I get to jam the new Illegals with all my brothers and sisters. My apologies for jumping the gun extend to the fans, my fellow Illegals, King Parrot, our crews, and all mechanical parties involved, but we will all see it’s the right decision soon. See you cats and chicks in the fall! Much love, as always.”

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Listen To Phil Anselmo Covering Celtic Frost & Anal Cunt With Child Bite

Child Bite have shared three tracks from their “Burnt Offerings” rarities compilation, which is set to be released on May 11. They include covers of Celtic Frost‘s “The Usurper” and Anal Cunt‘s “Chump Change” feat. Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, etc.) and a previously unreleased song called “Stroke The Negative“.

[via Revolver]

Phil Anselmo Discusses His En Minor Project

Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, etc.) was recently interviewed by Revolver and during the chat he was asked about his upcoming En Minor project. According to him, it will feature “songs that have grown up with [him] over the years” and that it is essentially based on his “appreciation for songs written in a minor key.”

PHILIP H ANSELMO AND THE ILLEGALS, LIVE, 2013, PAUL JENDRASIAK

Anselmo said the following:

“…Really it’s just songs that have grown up with me over the years, and I’ve never really had a place to put ’em. Some of them resurfaced in the Nineties under the Body and Blood moniker, but it’s way different than anything I’ve done. It’s acoustic-based, clean guitar.

The name of the band really says it all: It’s my appreciation for songs written in a minor key. That’s a lifetime of influences — everything from U2‘s ‘Drowning Man,’ ‘She’s Leaving Home‘ by the Beatles, or even — this is gonna sound crazy — there’s a Fishbone song called ‘Pouring Rain‘ that’s beautiful. Songs like that. It makes for a very different listen, and I look forward to the conversation we can have when it comes out.”

He also added the following when asked about a timeline:

“Well, I wanna let this new Illegals breathe for a bit but the En Minor‘s been done for over a year now. The core band is me, [Superjoint guitarist] Kevin Bond, [Down drummer] Jimmy Bower, Steve Taylor and [Down guitarist] Bobby Landgraf, but we’re gonna need some extra musicians at some point. The album has 16 songs and it’s called When the Cold Truth Has Worn Its Miserable Welcome Out. If you decide to throw a party one night and your house is packed but you get tired, just pop this En Minor record on and your place will fucking empty in seconds. It’s a bummer.”

On another note, he also talked a bit about the back surgery he was set to undergo today (January 31):

“I’m about to undergo the second back surgery tomorrow [January 31] to clean up one more little nagging issue that has been dragging my ass down for the last decade. My sciatica has just been driving me fucking bananas ever since the nerves reconnected about four months after the main surgery. It’s a small surgery compared to the first one — no overnight stay at the hospital or anything like that — but once I get this done, we can start accepting shows and get back to fucking work again.”

Head to Revolver to read the full interview in which Anselmo also talks about The Illegals, his thoughts on Slayer’s retirement, and more.

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]

Phil Anselmo To Release New Album From The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy, Etc. Influenced Project En Minor

Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, etc.) was recently interviewed by Jimmy Cabbs, and revealed that he will be releasing a new album with a new group called En Minor. That project is heavily influenced by The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy, and more.

Anselmo said the following:

“I have a record coming out that’s been finished for two years almost now, of course—just like every other fucking record. It’s with a band called En Minor. And I guess it would be my, ‘Hello, great dark eighties of Sisters Of Mercy, of The Cure ‘Seventeen Seconds‘ record and ‘Faith‘ album.’ Early The Cure. Early U2. Nick Cave and the fucking Bad Seeds or The Birthday Party. David Bowie… I take all these influences and then somehow we came out with results.

“It is what it is. I’ll let the people decide at the end of the day. And we’ll see. But, once again, I’m not shootin’ for radio time here; I’m just trying to broaden my horizons, write some harkening songs. But I think they have their own life, honestly. It’s retro only to a certain degree, I think, within me, because I know where it’s coming from. But I guess when a listener hears it these days, most people react… I hear the word ‘cinematic’ a lot, and I hear, ‘This is the best record you’ve done in thirty years,’ or some shit like that, something like that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Footage Of Warbeast Performing With Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Etc.) & More At Their Farewell Show

Warbeast played their final show at The Rail Club in Ft. Worth, TX on July 14, and were joined by guest vocalists Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.), actor Edwin Neal, and Wayne Abney (Hammer Witch). You can see some footage from the concert below. The band are retiring as a result of Bruce Corbitt’s esophageal cancer diagnosis, and their final album “Enter The Arena” will be available on August 4.