has been speaking with Loudwire (via Blabbermouth
) about the ongoing rift between him and Pantera
drummer Vinnie Paul
As Anselmo notes, his missed having a friendship with his former bandmate:
"I am a music fan. I hate reading about f--king 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
] had moved on and they were doing 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."
Anselmo also noted that he has been unable to reach out publicly to the drummer:
"There was no public attempt, really; it was just [me being asked about it in] interviews. It was really just interviews.
"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."