Ask Phil Anselmo Anything!

Next week we're interviewing former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo and two of his bandmates in Down. Here's your opportunity to ask the metal supergroup anything you want.

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If you've ever wanted to ask Phil Anselmo and his bandmates in Down a question, here's your opportunity.

We'll be sitting with Phil, Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein next Thursday, and will ask them a selection of your best questions.

Phil Anselmo has been an influential figure in metal since Pantera's first major release "Cowboys From Hell" in 1990. In 1991, he also became part of the heavy metal supergroup Down. Their first album "NOLA" is widely regarded as an essential metal classic, and they recently released the first in a series of four EPs called "Down IV Part I - The Purple EP".

Kirk and Pepper were renown metal musicians even before the formation of Down. Kirk was in several hardcore-inspired bands including Shell Shock and Crowbar, while Pepper is still with Corrosion Of Conformity and has even featured on Metallica recordings.

Feel free to ask anything you want, but we'd particularly like to see questions that ask about the future of Down or reveal something new about their personalities. Maybe a few of you can test Phil's encyclopaedic knowledge of horror movies too.

Post your questions in the comments, and be sure to up vote anything you want us to ask. We'll report back with a full feature after meeting the band next week.


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    Back in 88 when you joined Pantera, you guys obviously went through a change in style, as you did vocally. What inspired you to turn into a more heavy band and leave the power metal genre?
    glam medal, not power metal. Also, have you ever considering doing it to the extent of ever even thinking about what you'd want to be more like?
    "Also, have you ever considering doing it to the extent of ever even thinking about what you'd want to be more like?" ...what?
    My Last Words
    I believe he explained this a while back.. Don't really remember all of it, except for the fact that he was obsessed with both Sabbath and Slayer, especially the latter. Could explain the overall change in heavyness.
    To Phil, Pepper, and Kirk: you've all been involved in projects with hardcore/punk influences, what are some of your favorite hardcore/punk albums?
    Phil: Can you still go falsetto, like in Cemetery Gates? I'm seriously curious. I need to know.
    Who are your influences vocally?
    This came from an actual interview with Phil, but the source link on Wikipedia has 404'd, but he says Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden is his primary influence.
    Hey Phil, what's your "proudest" album that you've made in your opinion?
    Who's Phil?
    Let me be the first to actually answer your question, instead of just giving you a thumbs down like 14 people did. Phil Anselmo was the singer from Pantera, now the singer from Down.
    The guy who destroyed his voice being a junkie. Ask Phil how he feels about the death of Sam Putnam (Anal Cunt), they were friends and sam was doing screams on great southern trendkill
    hey phil, if you could form a super-group with any musician, dead or alive, who would you pick?
    Good one, but how about asking everyone instead of just Phil?
    Hi Kirk, did you received the painting that I sent you about 2 years ago after a Budapest gig? - Anna from Hungary
    Would you like a Pantera Tribute album? If so, which bands should play and which songs should they play?
    Hey Phil. How do you feel about playing Pantera songs live? Which is your favorite to play?
    Phil: What is the most difficult vocal part in your entire discography?
    Why do you think the Saints are having such a poor season?
    knowing phil, i'd say his answer is roger gadell, then he would go on a rant about how roger is the dictator of the NFL and hes out to get the saints. I've seen bhim talk abnout it like 4 times. please UG dont ask that, it would be a waste of 3 mins. no offence bro , it's a touchy subject for phil
    Phil, before you were ever signed and were still playing underground gigs, what was the biggest obstacle to overcome and ultimately helped pave your way into the American Metal Scene? Is there any words of wisdom you can give to new metal bands that are still playing underground and trying to strike a big name gig?
    Also, any chance of a tenner? I'm pretty skint, I have all your Pantera albums so I think it's only fair....
    Nero Galon
    Are the guys at UG as illiterate in real life as they are when they write their articles?
    Do you think Pantera would've reunited by now if not for Dime's death? Also what's your favorite Pantera song and favorite Down song to perform live?
    Im gonna ask the dumb one... but did you and your bandmates from either group go onstage totally stoned and drunk at the same time and done anything regretfully stupid?
    Any chance that Pepper will provide lead vocals on a future Down track? or even better a Phil/Pepper trade-off. I love Pepper's vocals and would be amazing to hear both of you on one track
    For Kirk: Back in the day, White Zombie benefited from Beavis and Butthead giving them their "seal of approval". Did Crowbar notice any similar boost in sales after their video was shown on that show? For Phil: What's the current state of SuperJoint Ritual? Do you still keep in contact with those guys? (Side note: I saw SuperJoint a few years back in Portland, and the vibe and all the stage-diving totally reminded me of the Cowboys From Hell video.)
    This one's for Phil. Seeing as you have been a big icon in metal for quite a while now and have toured with some badass bands through the years, what is the single most rock 'n' Roll thing you have ever witnessed on the road?
    Phil, how has it felt performing some of the Pantera classics on the Metal Masters tour? You've been pulling them off with maximum badassery! Also, to everyone, when are Down going to light one up with the South African Lifers?
    Hey Phil, I'm a 15 year old and I love both of your legendary bands, I'm certain you've affected the lives of many generations across the world and for that you should be proud of your massive achievments. But do you have any guilty pleasures, music taste wise or pastimes, that we might not expect you to have?
    To Pepper and Kirk, which guitarist made you want to pickup a guitar?
    To all of Down: What is your opinion about the current state of metal and rock? Is there anything out there that's been released in the last 5 years that can be considered recent influences? And, how can you guys compare/contrast the underground metal scene of today with that of the 80's?
    What do you guys think of the current lot of doom metal bands and why do you think the older doom bands like Pentagram and Saint Vitus are back in demand?
    Phil, I have heard you mention the importance of 'will' in many interviews before. Can you elaborate more on the power of each person's will? Sheila
    What would you tell to yyoung metal singers? Any tips or advices? Keep it up, Anton Crowley!
    Hello Phil, with your obvious fascination with horror films, do you have any plans to ever make your own? And a few other questions: What in your opinion is the greatest horror film ever made? Worst? What's the best black metal album you've ever heard? Trivia: Which three actors from the original Dawn of the Dead (best zombie film ever made) went on to make appearances in the 2004 remake?
    Phil, would there ever be a chance or consideration of reuniting With Vinny, Rex, yourself, and a guest guitar player(Zakk Wylde?) To perform As pantera or a tribute to Dimebag?
    Mr. Keenan. If you went to school and earned a doctorate, would you insist that people call you Dr. Pepper?
    Phil: Have you ever seen the horror movie, Rubber, about a tire which comes to life and kills people? -Sheila
    As much as I like that movie, would you really consider it a horror film?
    For Phil: When was the last time you had any sort of contact with former Pantera/current Hell Yeah drummer, Vinnie Paul?
    Jolan Kent
    First of I'd like to thank the guys of Down for doing this, Phil seems to like to interact with his fans thank tetra! (September last year, phil did a live podcast =P) To Phil: This will be the second time (^) I've made contact with you. I asked what was your favorite CFH song and you replied with The Sleep and Primal Concrete Sledge. What's your favorite song to play from the Purple EP? Are you guys playing any songs live from the EP you're releasing in 2013? To Pepper and Kirk: Since I mostly play guitar, I was wondering... Do you guys still use Orange amps? If so why Orange? All the people I know that play them only use them for blues... But you guys MASTERED IT! Thanks again Down for doing this, hope I get to see you guys In Alberta sometime soon...
    My Last Words
    To answer some of your questions: 1. Yes they already played some of their EP songs, check their last shows 2. They still use orange amps. Down is bluesy as hell, go figure! 2nd time i'm posting this comment, dammned UG =\