What surprised me the most about the interview was the depth of his introspection. Anselmo sees himself as any sort of motivational speaker but coming out on the other side of things as he has, there is a wealth of wisdom to be shared. Is that a typical day for you, do a little bit of press and then hit the studio for the rest of the day? Yes, I’m in the studio quite a bit and yes, I do press quite often.
Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has rubbished claims still being thrown at him that he’s a racist, after making a Nazi-style salute and screaming “white power” at a concert earlier this year.Anselmo has already issued a public apology (below) and now speaking with ) he’s said this is the last apology he’ll give for the “joke”, which took place when he was “smashed drunk”.Admitting that what he did was “insulting, absolutely, and abhorrent”, Anselmo says, “It hurts my heart that anyone would think that I’m the dreaded ‘R’ word – a racist.“Anyone who truly knows me knows that it’s utterly ridiculous.But if I did offend my Jewish friends, people I work with, my associates, other people in bands – that’s why I apologised.That apology is there – and no, you won’t get another one ever again.”Apparently on the night of the incident, Anselmo had been heckled by crowd members who called him “racist”, so it’s an interesting tactic to respond to a jab like that with something which basically enflames their taunts. That’s ridiculous.”Earlier this month, former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul told ) that while he hasn’t spoken to Anselmo since 2000, “He’s done a lot of things that tarnish the image of what Pantera was.”Watch Anselmo’s original video apology for the Nazi-style salute, below.
Anselmo agrees that he shouldn’t have done it, but maintains, “My sense of humour is dark and my temper is and always has been volatile.“I reacted in an ignorant way.
I could just jump out of bed and be a normal person.
But with the change in the season and living where I live about an hour outside of New Orleans…put it this way, early this week it was close to 80 degrees (Fahrenheit) and today it’s about 50 so I can feel a bit with the weather change.
You know as long as you keep honest and you keep working hard and you put your fucking best into everything, you know, it’s going to come back to you. Well definitely that’s part of the message but, not to lead you astray or anybody that would be interested in such a book, of course it’s got to touch on music!
But it’s not your average, ‘we were on this tour, we were on that tour, we were on this tour, bang, it’s over’, it’s not like that.
And every damn one of us is going to run into something along the way in life that doesn’t particularly suit us and we have to adapt. There’s a lot of people who don’t adapt and therefore they’ll fall into the tailspin of one thing or another.