Former Pantera and current Down frontman Phil Anselmo has recently spoken about the murder of his former bandmate Dimebag Darrell, revealing some new information previously unknown to public. In an interview with Metal Messiah radio, the singer discovered that the murderer wasn't specifically after the guitarist, but the whole band in general, making each member a potential victim.
"I've spoken to the police officers who were there and handled the situation when Dimebag was murdered. And they told me clearly, that after an investigation and going back to the murderer's apartment and digging through his notes that he had taken and threats and death threats that he had written down that any one of us were targets. I had a police officer tell me that on that particular night, had Superjoint [Ritual] been playing, or Down, or any of my other bands at the time, that I most certainly would have been the target. Not that it made me feel any better - it did not, it did not make me feel better at all."
The frontman commented that he finds it "very insulting" that a lot of people have spoken about the murder publicly and they know nothing about it, adding that the media also had their share in "stirring the pot".
"It did clarify in my mind that all of the negative vibe that I had received either from, I guess, media but also, in today's world, where people can leave comments and this and that, I found it very, very insulting and also interesting that people could chime in on a subject that they knew nothing about, really. All they knew is what the media fed them. And you know the media - they're dying to, I guess, in the past sell tangible magazines or get hits on their web site. So anything to stir the pot was... They most certainly did that."
"But honestly, this is all old news. I think that my actions over the past seven, eight years. Now it's almost a decade coming up pretty soon since negativity has really controlled my life, or I allowed it to control my life. I do not let it control my life at all anymore. I am in control. And life is going to dish out negativity no matter what. At the time, I was doing everything possible to let negativity into my life. And that's a tough lesson to learn - that you really are in control of certain aspects of your life."
When asked what would he do in case he was in Randy Blythe's position during the recent Czech Republic trial, the frontman admitted that would've done everything in his power to avoid the trial.
"I would have lawyered up and done everything possible in this country - America - to avoid having to go back to the Czech Republic. Because, honestly, I think it's a bogus charge. I've seen the footage [of the concert in question] and I've done what Randy has done [on stage] a million times. And I think that, from the footage that I saw, there was a big, giant security guard pushing [a fan off the stage] in the same moment. Why don't they go after the security guard as well?"