In a new interview with Sic Asylum, Down and former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo says he’d like to meet Diamond Dave.
“I never met David Lee Roth in my life and that’s one dude I’d love to meet just to say ‘Hey’ and I shook hands with one of my earliest influences in life and one of the great frontmen of his era,” says Phil.
“I have a lot of respect for David Lee Roth.”
As do I.
He was also asked who among metal’s modern crop would he consider the new Pantera.
“That’s a bizarre question, because I do hear the influences that you’re talking about,” he says. “I get it. But once again, like you say, it’s already been done. It’s already been done. Pantera hit a part of the mainstream that I would have never foresaw growing up, and I wouldn’t foresee it, and I didn’t foresee it, because I’m a pessimist by nature so that type of success is like, a wow, once-in-a-lifetime type shit in a weird way.
“If you make it more than once in a lifetime, then you must be really doing something good. But I don’t give a shit about the mainstream at all, I really don’t. For me, I like more avant garde as far as modern stuff. I really, really love the underground in extreme heavy metal. The underground isn’t called the underground for nothing. The underground means there is a limited amount of fans that like a certain band or even movement or even genres or subgenres of music. Right now, it’s the underground that’s doing it for me. I think if you took a look at my track record of bringing out bands like Soilent Green, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Neurosis, Satyricon, Morbid Angel and turning them onto a bigger audience.
“My heart has always been with the fucking underground wearing Darkthrone shirts, Portal shirts, Ghost shirts before it became chic,” he says. “That’s who I am, man. Heavy metal has been kind to me. My knee-jerk reaction has always been giving back. If giving back means me taking bands on tour or even being a walking billboard, I don’t mind being that guy.”
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