Pantera celebrates the 30th anniversary of ”Vulgar Display Of Power”, in a joint interview by Revolver with vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown.
Discussing the album, Anselmo said:
“Correct if I’m wrong, is ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’ the one record that we play the most of it live, out of all the other records, the most material. I mean, does that not say it all? It’s not our choice, really, it’s what we get from the crowd; it’s what they wanna hear; it’s their choice what songs we play, really. Don’t get me wrong, Pantera plays and there’s a contingency of people out there that wanna hear something that we had never really played; of course, people are gonna do that.
”But for us, we can’t leave off the big songs; we can’t. You can’t go see Pantera and not have us play ‘Walk’ or ‘F**king Hostile’ or one of them songs, ‘Cowboys From Hell’, any of that sh*t. So the fact that ‘Vulgar Display’ holds the most of those songs, man… And I’m sitting here thinking about how Vince [late Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott] and Dime [late Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott] would feel about this legacy, and, of course, they would be ecstatic; they would be over the moon.”
Brown also added:
“It was our staple; it was our stamp. In hindsight, that record changed a lot of ballgame for us. And we were just making a record, but our way.
Finally, our way. The way that we wanted to do it. And the tightness that came with that and the confidence that we had struggled before it, when we finished it, that was dividends in itself.” […]