Vinnie Paul on Phil Anslemo
In a recent interview with ex-Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, he admiited that…
“My favorite [Pantera album] is ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’. That’s the one that really launched everything. I think it’s the best songs we ever wrote, and it was just a record that came at a time when we just finished our first world tour, we were so hungry and so fuckin’ into everything that we were doing, and we wanted to make the best album ever. And to me that is the very best PANTERA record ever. I feel like we did a great job on all of em, but that one had all the magic, man.”
What was it about Pantera that made it so special to such a large audience? Certainly more than your average metal band.
Vinnie Paul: “I think it was a bunch of things. We were a band of fans. We loved all the other kinds of music that was out. We didn’t feel like we were competing with ‘em you know. We just wanted to be fans and friends with them, and I think our musicianship was a little bit of a level up from a lot of bands. We spent seven years in night clubs playing cover tunes, and we could play anything from VAN HALEN to METALLICA to PRIEST, I mean all our favorite bands. We really knew our instruments well and we felt like we could put a lot into our songs that maybe other bands couldn’t and that just kinda made it more special. And then just like with any band, it happened to have the right chemistry with the people in it.”
Is there anything at all that Phil Anselmo could possibly do, to make amends with you on a personal level? Or is that out of the question?
Vinnie Paul: “Absolutely not. That’s it.”