Phil Anselmo Has 'No Problem' With How He Was Portrayed in Rex Brown's Book

Singer talks biographies in new interview.

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Phil Anselmo has been talking to Horns Up Rocks! about his upcoming autobiography, and the parallels with Pantera bassist Rex Brown's autobiography, which was released earlier this year, Blabbermouth reports.

"First and foremost, I did read Rex's book. It's his opinion.

"I have no problems at all with how I was portrayed in the book; it does not faze me at all.

"There are things in the book that I really wouldn't have talked about. But once again, it's Rex's book and it's his opinion, you know..."

The interview is not the first time that Anselmo has discussed Brown's book. Speaking with Metal Sucks recently, the singer added the following comments:

"Honestly, [Rex's] assessment of me [in the book] - I don't care,"Anselmo said. "Egotistical, self-centered, everything is always about me. Y'know what? I'm a lead singer and he's a bass player. That's his perception. So I'm fine with it. I don't hold any f--king grudges. But I think he did take some angry swipes and I don't need to be specific. There is a great deal of mythology when it comes to his 'quitting' Down. That particular chapter is a little disturbing."

He also noted that he thought Brown was perhaps being overly harsh on Pantera drummer Vince Paul:

"I'm not sure that type of beating [on Vince] was necessary ... Vince is a difficult guy and was always a different type of guy. But did he deserve that type of beating? I don't think so. When I do my book, I want it to be known that it's not just a Pantera book. And I'm not in a pissing contest with Rex. It's a shame."

Anselmo's book, tentatively titled "Mouth For War: Pantera, Pain, & Pride - Heavy Metal Highs, Drugged Out Lows, & the Battle for My Life," is due for release next year.

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    His opinion isn't exactly clear here. Maybe he's not good at expressing himself or the editor cut up the interview in a weird way.
    "Mouth For War: Pantera, Pain, & Pride - Heavy Metal Highs, Drugged Out Lows, & the Battle for My Life" Taking the use of subtitles in autobiography names to a level that even Corey Taylor can't reach.
    "The Story of GazzaCee: How One Man Made An Excellent Point About Ridiculously Long Autobiography Titles: The Unabridged Story (or, My Life As A Guy Who Has Accomplished Certain Acts of Historic Significance)" Seriously though, long titles just sound pretentious. I like Dave Mustaine's book: "Mustaine"
    "Y'know what? I'm a lead singer and he's a bass player." Is he honestly trying to say 'Im better than you because im a singer'?
    I think he's saying Lead singers are expected to be outspoken and a little up themselves, and bassists tend to be more reserved and less outgoing.
    I think you are misintepreting. It's natural that Phil has always been getting more attention than Rex, being a bass player and more of a quiet guy. Maybe Rex is bitter about that.
    No, he was probably trying to say that he WAS the more important guy in this group and well, we all know he surely was "the mouth of Pantera"