Phil Anselmo on Leaving High School: 'I Was Doing Five Gigs a Week, I Did My Homework on Stage'

Singer remembers his troublesome school days, saying that "it all paid off."

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Legendary Phil Anselmo recently opened up about a fairly uncommon question in his interviews - high school. The singer showed seemingly no regret for dropping out, stressing that "he did his homework on stage."

Anselmo described his younger self to Loudwire as an "angry insolent child," also discussing his school days in great detail. He remembered quitting in twelfth grade with only four credits left - two PEs, mythology and geometry.

"Reasoning for quitting is this - I was doing five nights a week, five sets, three sets a night - mandatory," Phil explained. "Gigs, doing shows, constantly. I had no time for this sh-t called PE or finishing high school or my first girlfriend being the prom queen that year.

"F--k off, I had to do a gig that night and she ended up going with some other dude and went out with him for half a month before she came screaming back to my beautiful face,"

the singer jokingly said.

"I was doing a lot of gigs then, a lot of gigs man," he concluded. "But that's what I tell people - I did my homework on stage and it paid off."

The chat itself was based around trivia found on Anselmo's Wikipedia page, so you can also check out the frontman talking about nearly burning his parents' house to the ground, the Pantera days and more in the clip below.

Anselmo released his debut solo record "Walk Through Exits Only" back in July through Housecore Records.

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24 comments sorted by best / new / date

    The youtube thumbnail looks hilarious, just saying.
    the way i read the title..i thought he had like a notebook on stage and shit in the corner finishing up homework
    Phil did homework? This is hard to picture. Almost burning his parents house down.... Now that sounds like the Phil I love.
    This quote probably came from Phil: "This kids going places, not college, but places"
    I used to watch Pantera videos on Youtube and I didn't expect him to look like that now.
    He just got through with his real passion and succeded, there's no sin at all in dropping school. It would have been lame if he dropped it and couldn't accomplish his role as musician
    I must say this: that interviewier is a douche. And Phil...he's so down to earth, telling some really crazy stories. There's only one Phil Anselmo.
    Phil would be ****ing terrible to listen to as a drunk trying to give directions.