I know Phil Anselmo’s an intimidating dude, and in all likelihood, would kick my ass, but Vinnie Paul’s no weakling.
I bet Vinnie Paul — growing up with a brother, as he did — knows how to take a shot, and could probably throw his weight behind some pretty fucking brutalizing punches. Not so sure who would win in a fight between the two, but for Phil to characterize Vinnie Paul’s avoidance of him as Abbott being “scared” seems wholly misguided.
I just think Vinnie Paul doesn’t want to associate with douches. Although, he is in HellYeah, so my theory may be incorrect.
Either way, Phil said those words to Loudwire, and says Vinnie Paul’s afraid.
“I am a music fan. I hate reading about fucking my favorite bands arguing or inner turmoil or anything like that, especially under these circumstances. It’s kind of unfair to the fans. I’m sick of the fence riding, or the fence in general, because it took all of us to break the band up.
“The truth is, when I was doing terribly, and I realized that Pantera was dissolving and [Vinnie Paul and Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott] had moved on and they were doing [a new band called] Damageplan, the first thing I did was call Vince. And he was, like, ‘Man, this is what we’re doing.’ He was actually pretty cool about it. And he said, ‘It’s good to hear from you.’ And I said, ‘What do you think, man? I wanna talk to Darrell.’ He goes, ‘Man, I don’t know. He’s really upset with you.’ And I called [Darrell]. And he was short, he was to the point. He said, ‘We’re sick of waitin’ for you. We’re gonna go ahead and do Damageplan.’ And that day I knew Pantera was over.”
When Phil sees Vinnie Paul, he can’t make amends, he says.
“He’s surrounded by security guards. Man, if I showed my face, Jesus Christ. I don’t know why he’s scared of me. He’s got this fear. I think it all comes from deep love, really. ‘Cause when you love something, or somebody, so much and things go backwards, that if you love ‘em that much, then eventually the word ‘hate’ comes in, and you can hate ‘em even worse. So…I know the dude loves me. I know he does. And I miss him.”
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