Phil Anselmo: 'I Miss the Pantera Days'

"I miss playing those songs, I miss the audience," says the singer.

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Vocalist Phil Anselmo recently reminisced the old Pantera days, admitting that he misses performing with the legendary metal act.

During a chat with Lithium Magazine, Anselmo named the crowd response to Pantera tunes as what he specifically misses the most, describing it as a once in a lifetime experience.

"Honestly, I miss the Pantera days," the singer kicked off. "I miss playing those songs. And really, what I miss the most about all of that is the feeling that you get from an audience when you play those songs. It's very unique and very once in a lifetime."

Anselmo explained further, "It's absolutely mind-blowing and it makes my heart really pump in a different palpitating level, you know? It's like it makes my heart swell, so to speak. Really, I miss the Pantera days. I miss the audience. The mere fact that I can get up there and jam with a lot of my brothers that I grew up with, it's amazing and I love it."

The frontman also reached an interesting subject of online critics and music websites, describing the internet hate as a common phenomenon.

"It's amazing how many websites out there thrive on the negative comment and the asinine comment," he said. "They love it. And they realize the more hits they get the more recognized their shitty website is.

"And I see this in sports websites," the vocalist continued. "Every kind of website you can possibly imagine, and that just shows that we are in a world that everyone has different ideas about how things should tick, how things should work and how things should not work. So everybody is pulling in different directions as f--king usual, so it's just another day in the life, you know?"

Anselmo then specifically focused on the so-called hate-oriented music websites. "As for the websites that really cater to this f--king format of negative commentary in the comment section that is sooo important to keyboard warriors, I think it's honestly a bit cowardly. I think its f--king chickensh-t."

The singer concluded, "And I think that most of these people who actually take the time of day to go out of their way and comment negatively on something are really just lonely, envious, sad suck f--ks that have nothing else to do with their f--king time. And people like that mean about as much to me as the dirt on the ground. I couldn't give a f--k."

Anselmo's debut solo record, "Walk Through Exits Only," dropped on July 16 via Housecore Records featuring a total of eight new tracks.

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    Like reading a diss to the UG news section.
    I think over the past few years he has took it to A NEW LEVEL! I mean, seriously! He may have been a dick, but it really seems that he has learned his lessons that life has given to him. You blame him for Pantera break-up, but there are 2 sides to the coin, he has his story, Vince has his side. You shouldn't judge him if you have only heard Vince's and even though we do it, we shouldn't judge the situation if we weren't there and involved in it. As we miss Pantera and he does it too, we can only blame Vince for that if anyone in current situation. Yes, without Dime it isn't the same, but 1 or just few tribute show with various guitar players would be a good way to pay tribute to Dime. I mean, Abbott family with Dean keeps his signature guitars rolling out to keep his legacy alive. I wouldn't be able to attend to those tribute shows as I live in a shithole in Europe, but for me it would be best tribute to Dime and Pantera itself, as this band is pretty much responsible for keeping metal alive in 90's. I understand Vince to the degree of losing your brother being hard, but it's not Phil's fault. After all he and Dime took the decision to call it quits for Pantera and move on. But Vince is beyond that, as he and Rita pretty much have this attitude that Phil was the one who pulled the trigger. Sorry for the rant, but I'm getting tired of people holding Phil responsible for what happened to Dime and at the same time Vince is the one who holds back fans having last climpse of Pantera in a tribute show form.
    I miss Pantera too.Ive actually been listening to them alot lately ive got cowboys,vulgar and trendkill in my car just now.Im gutted i never got to see them live.Ill always regret not getting into them earlier.
    We all miss the Pantera days... I never got to see them and they're my favorite band. I would give my left nut to go back in time and see them... Anybody with a time machine want to help me out?
    Oh yes the Pantera audience was ****in awesome as yoou can see in the Vulgar Videos and Watch It Go
    Am I the only one who feels like Phil Anselmo is becoming sort of a new Grohl? I'm personally a huge fan of both Pantera and Down, but jeez... It feels like there's just to many kind of irrelevant Anselmo news on this page.
    Meh. I'd rather read about Phil than most of the other stuff.