Phil Anselmo & The Illegals performed full set of Pantera songs on November 16th at their show in Hollywood, California.
During the recent interview with Rock 100.5 The KATT radio station, Phil Anselmo expressed his feelings about playing full set of Pantera songs after all these years.
He said that “It’s emotional for people; it’s big… It’s blinding sometimes. It’s crazy”. Here’s the statement:
“That’s really a tribute to Vince [Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott] passing and Dime [Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott] always, and just my time with Pantera, man.
If there’s ever a true blessing in this world, for me, it is Pantera— incredible band, incredible time, incredible people. And the love I see from people, the sheer joy that I see pouring out of people when we play those songs, it makes me… I don’t wanna say ‘choke up,’ really, but it takes me aback.
And sometimes I have to sit for a second and just accept that it is that way. It’s emotional for people; it’s big… It’s blinding sometimes. It’s crazy.”
Two days ago, Phil spoke on how he felt about Vinnie Paul’s death, he said:
“Vinnie Paul’s passing as a pain I wouldn’t wish on anyone. So, you all do me a favor, man — love each other while you can. Put all the squabbling and all the fucking fighting and all the division… I’m sick of this shit; honestly, I’m tired of it.Be kind to each other. Everybody’s cool, man.
Vinnie Paul was “a brilliant guy” and an “incredible musician” — amazing musician, man, insane on the drums, and always brilliant with the gameplan. He had his shit together. Honestly, me, Dime and Rex [Brown, Pantera bassist] were drunk, and Vince would have his shit together. And he’d be driving, he’d be settling gigs, and we would be drunk.”
You can listen to the entire interview from below.