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Phil Anselmo Reflects on Pantera and His Past

While prepping for a show with Down at the House of Blues in Boston last week, Phil Anselmo took some time to talk to Dave Wedge at the Boston Herald. Anselmo’s been in more than a few bands — many of which have gone on to gain recognition and respect within their hard rock genres. Above all, Pantera left a legacy of Southern metal that is rooted in the fast life lived out by all of its members. “Those were the best days of my life, really,” he tells the Herald. “A big lesson to be learned here is we were all very, very young men.”

Anselmo followed up Pantera with Superjoint Ritual, but now focuses on the final stages of Down with no plans to record when the current tour is over. He’ll continue to play in Arson Anthem with Hank Williams III and focus on his record label, Housecore.

Memories of Dimebag Darrell’s tragic death in 2004 still haunt him: “The nonsensical reason of it all — that’s the stuff that’s really hard to come to terms with.”

Down have about a week’s worth of tour dates left, hitting venues in the Midwest and South.

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