Vinnie Paul Abbott says that “it’s sad” to see Philip Anselmo doing “a lot of things” that have tarnished PANTERA‘s image in the fifteen years since the band’s split.
The former PANTERA drummer’s comments came during an interview he and his HELLYEAH bandmates gave to R7 before the latter group’s September 7 performance at the Maximus Festival in São Paulo, Brazil.
Asked to comment on the fact that Anselmo was filmed earlier in the year giving a Nazi salute and shouting “white power” at a California concert, Vinnie Paul said: “I can’t speak for him. He’s done a lot of things that tarnish the image of what PANTERA was back then and what it stood for and what it was all about. And it’s sad. But I carry on with what I do, which is HELLYEAH, which I’m very, very proud of. And, you know, I can’t control anything that goes on with that dude. I mean, honestly, I haven’t spoken to him since 2000. So there you have it.”
Vinnie Paul added that he hasn’t seen the former PANTERA singer since the band’s final concert, which was held in 2001. “It was a long time ago, bro, I’ll tell you right now,” the drummer said when asked to recall what his last words to Anselmo might have been. “I’m thinking… Probably the last show that we ever did was in Tokyo, at ‘Beast Feast’, and I might have said ‘Bye’ or something. I don’t know.”
According to Vinnie Paul, he and his brother — late PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott — did their best to patch things up with Anselmo before launching their DAMAGEPLAN project, but their efforts were in vain. “Nothing ever transpired,” Vinnie Paul explained. “We tried to make amends of things when we were doing DAMAGEPLAN, and he didn’t want anything to do with it. And then the horrible thing that happened to my brother happened. And, to me, that was the nail in the coffin. Period.”