Phil Anselmo: 'Anyone Who Puffs Up Their Chest Because They Wrote a Song That People Like Needs to Get Smacked'

"I consider myself to be just another music nerd," the singer adds.

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Phil Anselmo had a few ugly words to share to any musician out there considering himself a "rock star," noting that the word itself has "ugly connotations to it."

Chatting with Kerrang! magazine (via Metal Injection), Phil pointed out, "Anyone who puffs up their chest because they wrote a song that people like needs to get smacked. I consider myself to be just another music nerd, like anyone else that's heavily into music."

The singer continued, "I still collect music, I still seek out music, and yes, I've had some success in my career, but it's not like I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I've worked my ass off to get anything out of this, just like any other musician who started like I did at a young age.

"With Down, we have a very hardcore audience that really love what we do. That's the fans' choice and I honor them, because without that, we would be zero. Honestly, it's not my fault that I was in a very popular band at one point in my career," Anselmo note.

Switching the subject a bit, the vocalist noted that any media figure should be "held accountable" for their actions and watch out about the things they say or do in public. "I think that there's a responsibility to a certain degree. We should be held accountable because we grow up in the media's eyeball, and I guess people judge us from there.

"Everybody's different and every musician is different, and it's up to the fans to filter what they see in the press and the music itself. They need to ingest it and take it all in, and, at the end of the day, people have free will. They can follow or be inspired by anything or anybody," he concluded.

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    Cool perspective! It's good to see he has let go of the "I was in the biggest and best band ever - **** everyone else"-attitude!
    Honestly, I don't see why you can't have a bit of both. I'd love to be seen as a sort of Portnoy-esque figure (maybe without all the drama though) in prog, because let's face it, I have a huge genuine love for the art form and to be a respected figure in it is a huge thing. But never forget your roots. Never forget that you're just another human being, like the people who buy your records. You still put your pants on one leg at a time.
    Phil Anselmo talks a lot about smacking people, but I think he's a pill junkie pussy.