View Full Version : Vinnie Paul, formerly of Pantera, "I will never talk to Phil Anselmo again"

06-01-2006, 04:41 PM
Johnson Cummins of the Montreal Mirror recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Montreal Mirror: The last time you and I spoke was right after PANTERA played in Montreal, the time Phil Anselmo made some white-supremacist comments from the stage. Your falling out with him has been well documented. Have you two buried the hatchet?

Vinnie Paul: "Nah, I will never talk to that guy again. That Montreal incident was only one of many other dumb incidents he's been a part of, and I'm sure he will continue to do. I just hope a lot of people know that he was never speaking for the band when he opened his mouth. I really have no use for him and just keep my distance — I'll just leave it at that."

Montreal Mirror: A lot of people are wondering when you are going to get back behind the drum kit again. Any plans?

Vinnie Paul: "I definitely still have a passion about it, but running this record label has been really busy and it's ended up being great therapy for me. Thanks to people like Zakk Wylde, GODSMACK, DISTURBED and Sammy Hagar — those people have really pulled through and helped me get playing again. When the right situation comes along, I'll know it, and I'll be back behind the drums again."

Montreal Mirror: You were in a dark place for a long time after Dimebag's tragic death. How did you get out of it?

Vinnie Paul: "Me and Dime did everything together from day one. When it happened, I didn't think I was really going to be able to carry on. There were several times where I would just wish I could die in my sleep. It was just that miserable. When something this tragic happens, you feel totally out of control and totally useless. You never get over it, but you have to learn to dig deep inside and learn how to cope with it. After a period of time, I could feel his energy, and I just know he wanted me to keep going, and I had to do everything I could to keep going. I also felt I had to do everything I could to make sure his legacy lives on forever. If the roles were reversed, I would be the guy in the sky pushing him on.

Montreal Mirror: Do you have any particular memories of Dimebag that stick out in your mind?

Vinnie Paul: "There really are so many. I remember the last time I saw him. We used to have a code word, which was 'Van Halen,' and that just meant to let it all hang out and have a really good time, because we both thought VAN HALEN were just one of the most kick-*** bands ever. He was warming up on his guitar before our show like he always did, and putting chapstick on his lips like he always did before a show. I just went up to him and said, 'Van Halen,' and he looked over at me and said, 'Van ****ing Halen,' and we high-fived each other. I didn't know it, but a minute and a half later I would never hear from him again."

Read the entire interview at www.montrealmirror.com. (http://www.montrealmirror.com.)

Rocky Raccoon
06-01-2006, 04:43 PM
not at all a fan of Pantera, but I was watching Behind The Music with them and Phil definately came off as a douche to me

06-01-2006, 04:45 PM
fan or not, pantera was awesome...

06-01-2006, 07:10 PM
Phil really didn't come off too well in the Behind the Music piece. You have to wonder how much of that is editing and how much is reality though.

I wasn't the biggest fan of Pantera, but I liked there stuff. It sucks to see them fractured, angry and/or dead at this point.

Metal Panda
06-01-2006, 09:13 PM
Phil was always a grade A idiot.

Pantera were good on Cowboys, Vulgar, and Far Beyond Driven, their firs....err, fifth, sixth, and seventh albums.

It's interesting the lengths Pantera goes to to pretend Metal Magic, I am the Nite, Projects in the Jungle, and Power Metal don't exist.

Fin Fan in Cali
06-01-2006, 09:15 PM
I watched that and talk about a sad story. It will make you angry and sad at the same time. Some of things that Phil said will make you go what in the world were you thinking.

06-02-2006, 01:23 AM
I have not a seen the behind the music yet; but from what I am told there was probably quite a bit of editing. Honestly, it seems to me that Vinnie is in the wrong at this point. Phil, from all reports, has cleaned up and has been clean since shortly after Dimes death. Vinnie refuses to even speak to the man, after Phil has made many attempts to contact him.

06-02-2006, 04:23 AM
Well, I can't imagine Vinnie Paul would be too fond of a guy that said his brother, "deserves to be savagely beaten". I realize Phil and the Abbott bros were pretty close at one time, but at the end of the day...that is his brother. :dunno: Even during that interview with VH1 Phil sounded drugged the f*** out. He says he used drugs to help with his back but ddd-amn. He helped is back to sing on stage but got so screwed up he couldn't perform.....which is ironically what destroyed the band. BTW, I am a Pantera fan. "Vulgar Display Of Power" is probably my favorite album. F***in' HOSTILE!!! :rocker: :lol:

06-02-2006, 09:54 PM
the art of shredding truly was :yes:

06-02-2006, 10:00 PM
IMO, the best thing Phil's ever released is Down's first album - Nola....great stuff...:yes:

06-04-2006, 02:18 AM
NOLA is an incredible album. As far as Pantera, I can listen to Primal Concrete Sledge all day, every day

Metal Panda
06-04-2006, 01:46 PM
Pantera were cool and all but if I was ever transported to an island and told I could never listen to them again, I wouldn't be all that upset. There's simply better out there.

06-04-2006, 03:11 PM
It's gotta suck to lose a friend like that. A lot of pain there.