Formed in 1981, Pantera is among the most successful and influential bands in heavy metal history. The band is credited for being part of the second wave of the thrash metal scene and they contributed to the development of the groove metal subgenre.
Pantera’s most-known lineup featured the brothers Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell, Phil Anselmo, and Rex Brown. They started their career as a glam metal band and for a heavier sound, hired Anselmo in 1987. Pantera then recorded successful albums with Anselmo, however, band members had some conflict with the singer when he became addicted to heroin.
In 2001, Pantera went on a hiatus but was later disbanded by the Abbott brothers in 2003 due to the thought that Anselmo neglected the band. From then on, the Abbott brothers formed the band Damageplan while Anselmo worked on several side projects.
On December 8, 2004, while performing with Damageplan, Dimebag Darrell died when a mentally disturbed fan shot him on stage. Following his death, a private funeral was held. However, Phil Anselmo was not allowed to attend the guitarist’s funeral. Let’s find out why.
Phil Anselmo Was Banned From Dimebag Darrell’s Funeral As A Result Of His Previous Statements About The Guitarist
Back in those days when there was tension among the band members about Anselmo’s heroin addiction, Darrell said in a statement that Anselmo’s singing was suffering from his addiction.
Anselmo gave an interview to Metal Hammer long before the guitarist’s death and described Darrell as a shallow, stupid man who deserves to be beaten severely. He also claimed that he could kill him ‘like a fucking piece of vapor’ and the world should know that.
In the interview, Anselmo said that:
“He would attack me, vocally. And just knowing that he was so much smaller than me I could kill him like a fuckin’ piece of vapor, you know, he would turn into vapor — his chin would, at least, if I fuckin’ smacked it. And he knows that. The world should know that. So physically, of course, he deserves to be beaten severely.”
Following Darrell’s death, he made contrasting comments upon the guitarist though. In his statement, Anselmo said that he is devastated by the incident and Darrel was the most beautiful person, one of his best friends in the world. He then expressed his condolences to his family and bandmates.
Anselmo wanted to attend Darrell’s funeral but learned that the guitarist’s family did not want him there. After hearing the family’s disapproval, he stated that it kills him to not properly say goodbye to Darrell. Anselmo then added that he understands his family’s wishes and respects them.
“I never got a chance to say goodbye in the right way and it kills me. I wish to God I could’ve gone to his funeral, but I have to respect his family’s wishes, and they do not want me there. I believe I belong there, but I understand completely, I’m so sorry.”
Considering his previous statements, it is not surprising that Darrell’s family did not want Anselmo to attend his funeral. Although he said very bitter words about Darrell before his death, Anselmo appears to deeply regret what he has said about the guitarist.