One On One With Mitch Lafon - PANTERA

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In episode 121 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by Superjoint, Down & Pantera frontman, Phil Anselmo.

Phil discusses the return of Superjoint, his new death metal band Metraton Ganga, his musical influences including The Smiths, Morrisey & Slayer, Down, Phil Anselmo & The Illegals comments on recording new music with Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown, Pantera's POWER METAL album, the Skid Row with The Killer Dwarfs & Pantera tour of the early '90s and much more.

Quotes from the interview:

"Without Brian May - there would be no Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen or later on Dimebag."

His influence in Pantera: "When I joined the band, they had no love for Slayer at all. Zero love. I told Dimebag, 'I know they play their leads out of key, but that's not the point. The point is the heaviness of the riff.'

On playing or recording again with Rex and Vinnie: "I would jam with Rex any time he felt like it. I adore Rex. Do I want to play with Vinnie Paul again? Honestly, I could give a fuck. However, I will say this if we went into it and I knew that Vince had an open mind - listen to the drum beat and his feet on a tune like Becoming. If I got that Vinnie Paul - shit I would love to be in the studio with him."

On Vinnie Paul: "To this day, Vinnie Paul is still THE most talented, tightest, most awesome drummer that I've ever fucking played with."

On his health: "I'm the strongest I've been in a long time. I'm 6'1" and weigh 225Lbs. I feel thick. I feel strong, but every day is a challenge when it comes to chronic pain."

On his future: "I'm absolutely going to continue on with Down. I'm absolutely going to continue on with The Illegals. We have been messing with some new material for Superjoint."

On Canadian band, The Killer Dwarfs: "I was a fan already. I had the first record back in the day with Are You Ready. Then I come to find out that the singer's birthday is the same day as mine (June 30th) - so I wanna wish him a happy birthday. I'm a KILLER DWARFS fan."

On the Skid Row, Killer Dwarfs and Pantera tour of the early '90s: "One thing we learned on that tour was how to conduct ourselves as a working unit - not just a band. The road crew as well. The entire nucleus of Pantera. We saw how Judas Priest's road crew operated and later on we saw how Skid Row's road crew operated. I'll say it right now - Judas Priest's road crew were the biggest fucking dicks in the world. I wouldn't piss on them if they were on fire. We saw that side of things. When we did the tour with Skid Row - their road crew was some of the most helpful, cool easy going and did I say helpful. Those motherfuckers helped us out. They were kind. They were polite. They were fun. They were nice people. That's where we modeled our entire entity after. We want to emulate how the Skid Row camp operated because we definitely know what we hated about the Judas Priest fucking tour and what we loved about the Skid Row tour. That was very important."

Phil on Phil - "I would pout all day like a big fucking pussy."

For more about Phil Anselmo visit:
TWITTER: @philiphanselmo

This episode of One on One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted by Talking Metal's Mark Strigl and The Killer Dwarfs, Darrell Dwarf.

Follow Darrell Dwarf on TWITTER: @DarrellDWaRf and the KILLER DWARFS: @KillerDwarfs.
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