Down frontman opens up about his addictions and staying sober for almost a decade.
Posted on Feb 07, 2013 03:08 pm
Former Pantera and current Down frontman Phil Anselmo has got through some pretty rough patches in his life. Drug addiction, chronic pain that comes with it and death of Dimebag Darrell have struck the singer hard, but it seems that lately he's been getting back on his feet again.
In an interview with the New York Hard Rock Examiner, the vocalist said it's been 8 years now since he's got off hard drugs and that the feeling is good. He also added that the Down song "Nothing In Return" is about those very same personal battles.
"I was coming off some really tough years in my life. I went through the death of my guitar player, I went through Hurricane Katrina, and then I guess one of the biggest personal wars, besides Dimebag dying, was drug addiction. And chronic pain. Which really goes hand in hand, if you know anybody that suffers from chronic pain and whatnot."
Anselmo has also admitted that being on drugs has made him feel "broken up inside, injured and vulnerable" and say things he had no right saying.
"At that point I had come clean, and now it's 2013 and it's been 8 years for me off hard drugs, so that's a great feeling. But 'Nothing In Return' is about basically what you give, you're gonna give back. And I have been the motherf--ker on stage, out of my mind drunk, on drugs, broken up inside, injured, feeling very vulnerable, and for me that's an uncomfortable feeling. And I've said things over the microphone to thousands of people that I had no business f--king saying."
"Badmouthing other bands, badmouthing this, that, the other thing. And just coming off as a negative person, which I'm not at all. I'm very much a positive person, so when I came clean I recognized all this, and there were some friends of mine that were still struggling at the time, and I kept really begging them, 'Take the step. All you have to do is trust me, listen to me, we'll get you off drugs, and all the bad anxiety that comes with it, the sickness that comes with detoxing and all that sh-t, it goes away. You can have your f--king life back man, y'know?'
"Basically that's my message right there. You can have your f--king life back. Unfortunately, you can talk a blue streak, and talk is cheap when it comes to... once you've conquered something and you're trying to tell someone else about it, they're going through the tough time, it's like talking to the brick wall. They're not hearing you really. And such is the case a lot of times, and really that's what the song's about. Failing, kinda. In my mission to straighten some people up. Because you cant win every time. You cant win every time."
Phil seems like he's really made some drastic changes in his life. With all the things he's been through, we can say Anselmo is coming out as a winner in this one, right? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.