Whenever there is talk about a Pantera reunion featuring a different guitar player (Zakk Wylde's name has been floated), the conversation usually stops cold because it is clear Singer Phil Anselmo and Drummer Vinnie Paul will most likely never speak again. Here Anselmo tells us about that rift:
"I feel bad for Vince," Anselmo said. "People should pity the guy. I wasn't there when Dimebag [Darrell] was murdered, but he sure as f— was. That's his flesh and blood, murdered right in front of him. It's a shame that Vince never reached out to [bassist] Rex [Brown] and I. I think the healing process would have been beneficial to him, instead of his knee-jerk reaction to fear and his therapy through tit bars and whiskey."
Anselmo also believes that he and Dimebag would have worked things out if the guitarist hadn't been murdered. "We would have made amends. I would like to think he would be proud of me for pulling myself out of the muck, the abyss," Anselmo said.
"I just choose to remember the positive things. He was almost like the perfect counterpoint to me. We may have clashed to a certain extent, but we would always find a happy medium. It was a vital relationship that I miss greatly."
He also discussed the breakup of Pantera. "One guy can't break up a band," says Anselmo. "You have to understand, it goes all four ways when a band breaks up. Yes, I made mistakes. Yes, there was a lack of communication on both sides and some of it is my fault — a lot of it is my fault."