Pantera Frontman Opens Up and Blames Reporter for Dimebag Threat

(Blabbermouth) On March 16, 2009, former Pantera and current Down singer Philip Anselmo spoke passionately and candidly about his music career and his history with and the dangers of drugs, particularly heroin, during an appearance at the Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. But he also opened up about his threat to Dimebag and Vinnie Paul, published shortly before Dimebag's murder when asked if he still distrusts the media. His response to that question is below:

Anselmo: "Absolutely. Absolutely. Because... Straight-up, man... Case in point: When Pantera was breaking up, I was a wounded animal. My will was defeated. I could be drug one way or another. I started another band, side band Superjoint Ritual that turned into this other thing when Pantera was hanging, and then this media thing. A war of words via black-and-white sentences. You sit there and you read it... Now, basically, what happened was I did this particular interview with this cat [referring to a Metal Hammer interview that was published in December 2004, just a few days before Pantera guitarist Dimebag was murdered. Ed.], and on the way out, we're walking off the bus, he's behind me, and he's like, 'Man, I hope this doesn't get out of hand between you and Dimebag and Vinnie.' He goes, 'Man, what would happen if they jumped you or something like that?' Got mad at me or jumped me a very hypothetical thing. The way I speak, you know... I said something to the effect of, 'I'd kill those boys; they can't fight me. I'd kill them boys.' You read that in black and white 'I'd kill those boys' and it is as literal as a mofo; it is literal. And they took it very literally. And the media ran with that, man all over the world, man. In different languages. And at that point, there's no more... There is a rift. So, yes, I don't trust the media at all unless I have to sit there and really think of a concrete answer. You can't wear your emotions on your sleeve around the media, and I do wear my emotions on my sleeve, big-time."

****Editor's Note: Blabbermouth.Net contacted U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine after this article was first Posted and they have confirmed that the interview in question that Anselmo is referring to in this story (see above) was actually done over the phone.**** - more on this story

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