Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has offered his first reaction to the death of his bandmate Vinnie Paul. Anselmo posted a picture of a candle surrounded by darkness. You can view the photo below.
Paul’s relationship with surviving Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown remained strained until the end of his life.
Brown told Trunk Nation in 2017, “Philip and I have been tight forever. Vinnie… You know, we’ve reached out a couple of times in e-mails and stuff like that, ’cause we still have business to run,” Brown says. “Vinnie is Vinnie, Philip is Phil, I’m me. But there’s no hard blood between Philip and I. It’s just… Vinnie will not speak with either one of us. So there you go.”
“I think number one is with Vince. I would love to sit and hash this out, man, and just become friends again. I really would. I mean, I’ve tried to leave olive branches.”
“There was a bunch of shit in my book [Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera] that was not supposed to be in that book and I went through ten different edits and they put it in there anyway and it left a fucking bit of sour in some people’s mouths. And look, I was just telling my own truth. But at the same time, we’re all like that, man. He’s got his grievances, I’ve got mine, but let’s come to a common base. Am I saying it’s gonna happen tomorrow? Probably not. But can we shoot for the next day? I think that is important. We shared too much of our lives together to just let it go down the tubes. But it’s been a long time that we haven’t been in touch.”