Metal master Phil Anselmo
recently discussed the touchy subject of leaving high school in the 12th grade back in the day, calling it a decision he never regretted.
Chatting with Rock Sverige
, Uncle Phil
was directly asked about having regrets of never getting formal education."No, there was nothing more for me to learn,"
he replied (via Blabbermouth
). "I was advanced because I was smart when I applied myself and I had four credits left, which meant I could get there early in the day and leave at noon. The credits were two PEs, mythology, which I adore and love and wish I would've studied more of and geometry. "I had a terrible teacher in geometry. She hated me, I f--king hated her and it was like a makeup class. I was doing, at the time, four or five a week gigs at night and getting home at six in the f--king morning, so for me, my homework was on stage. Don't get me wrong - there are certain subjects, like history and mythology, that I wished I had applied myself more and had a better foundation. "I enjoy history especially and literary works that you still read. If you look at the f--king Bible and the way it's written, it's very powerful. The text and certain use of antiquate and archaic language is powerful and I love it! I'm a wordsmith, so it's intriguing,"
Focusing on his parents' reaction at the time, Anselmo added, "They hated it! They f--king hated it! I remember I came home and said, 'I'm f--king quitting school!' and on the very next day my mom was on her way to work and she leans in my doorway and says, 'This is the saddest day of my life.' My stepfather kicked my door in and goes, 'You better start looking for a job if you're not gonna go to school!' "I f--king had a job; I played gigs,"
Phil said. "I was making zero money, but I was, like, 'Have a little faith in me, will ya!' She doesn't complain too much now that I've bought her a house with a pool and a car. I can understand it though. 'Hey mom, I'm gonna be a rock star!' and she's like 'No, you're not.'