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Formed: 1982
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Formed in Dallas in the early 80's, Pantera was founded by brothers Darrell and Vincent Abbott. Along with Terrence Lee and a bassist named Rex Brown, Pantera joined the glam scene. Producing three records, the band never accomplished what they set out to do. In 1986 the members agreed to replace Terrence Lee with Phillip Anselmo. After Releasing aother album the band recieved a record deal with East West Records.

The groups first release with the new label was 'Cowboys From Hell.' This album put Pantera on the metal map, but did not sell very well because mainstream never picked it up. Two years later Pantera released 'Vulgar Display of Power', which defined Pantera's true aggressive style. The next release (Far Beynd Driven) surprised the world by debuting at number one on the Billboard Charts. Pantera released two more studio albums, and a live album in the following years.

Even though they never reached the status of No.1 again, Pantera built a following by touring for four years straight. Pantera have toured with everyone from Slayer (2001) to Rob Zombie (1996). They have also been featured on the Ozzfest on many occasions. Needless to say Pantera are still playing and preaching the same metal that made them metal icons in the early 90's.

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Dimebag's Girlfriend Speaks On Damageplan Singer

UK's Metal Hammer magazine conducted an interview with late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's girlfriend of 20 years, Rita Haney, for its January 2008 issue, which celebrates Dimebag's life and musical accomplishments. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Metal Hammer: How are thing with Phil [Anselmo, former PANTERA singer] and Rex [Brown, former PANTERA bassist] and you?

Rita: I loved both of those boys with all my heart and soul, but I can't love them now. When Darrell forgives them, then I can. It hurts me to have to say that and to know that.

Metal Hammer: How badly did Phil pulling himself away from PANTERA affect Darrell on a personal level? And also the feud that exploded in the press between Phil and the others [see previous BLABBERMOUTH.NET stories containing quotes from Phil and the other guys — Ed.]?

Rita: I have a two-page letter where [Dimebag] wrote Philip. And it says, "I am done with him. I will never stand on stage with him and I will never give him the recognition he thinks he deserves because I know I never did anything wrong to him." And it says, "No longer will he trample through my peaceful mind." When I found that in [Dimebag's] bunk [after he was murdered], I cried.

Metal Hammer: Do you think that had Darrell not been murdered that he and Vinnie might have eventually made their peace with Phil, and PANTERA might have gotten back together?

Rita: I know Darrell had thoughts about it. He was having problems with Patrick [Lachman, DAMAGEPLAN singer], who turned out totally not to be the person we thought he was. He started trying to give ultimatums about not singing PANTERA songs and Darrell goes, "Let me tell you something: this is who I am. Whether I'm called that or not, that's my heart and soul, and yes, you will sing them. You knew it when you joined this band."

Metal Hammer: And things with Rex [Brown, former PANTERA bassist]?

Rita: Darrell talked to Rex on [Dimebag's 38th] birthday — August 20, 2004 — and he told Rex straight-up, "Dude, I'm not going to go out and have a steak with you today. Maybe I will in the future. The reason I'm talking to you right now is because we have a history. You lived on my couch, my mother was your mother, you were my brother. But you are just as much to blame for this whole thing, and quit blaming it all on Phil. You need to answer for yourself." And Rex kept saying, "Well, Phil was gonna do it anyway," and Darrell says, "I don't care — answer for yourself. Because you know what, motherfucker? You got a free ride through this PANTERA thing. So don't tell me it's all Phil's fault — you were along for the full-meal deal!" That's why there's a credit on "DimeVision" [the "DimeVision - Vol 1: That's The Fun I Have" 2006 DVD tribute to Dimebag compiled largely by Rita Haney] that says, "Rex Rocker — Full Meal Deal."

Former DAMAGEPLAN singer Patrick Lachman talking to Fuse TV about Dimebag a few days after Abbott's murder in December 2004: More...

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Phil Anselmo Speaks On Guitar Part Contributions

Rick Florino of ARTISTdirect recently conducted an interview with Philip Anselmo (ARSON ANTHEM, DOWN, PANTERA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

ARTISTdirect: ARSON ANTHEM is extremely brutal, raw and honest. The songs bear an intensity missing from modern hardcore and punk. What's the creative process like for this band? How do you compose these songs?

Anselmo: I'd mail cassette tapes of riffs I'd come up with to III [Hank Williams III] and Collin, and just give Mike a copy as well. A month or two went by and III drove his truck down to my place with his recording equipment and drums all packed-up in his truck. We wrote the majority of the songs (musically) during that first night. Everybody already knew all the parts from those tapes! The next day, we wrote the rest of the songs, and fucked with some different ideas. The next day we recorded. Mike sang the next night. III stuck around for the following day in order for he and I to mix a little. Then he split. All in all, "physically," it took three days to put together and record.

ARTISTdirect: The album feels unbridled and really free. Was this an especially fun record to make?

Anselmo: Yes. It was a very intense atmosphere, but extremely at ease as well. We knew that we expected the music to capture a specific sound, but until that happened, and it did, it was gratifying. We knew then, that the music that was being written was both flexible and tangible, and that's all we could hope for. We were going to be critical of ourselves, especially Mike and I. We were the oldest, and had followed the hardcore scene almost from its inception and watched it grow and die. Aside from a handful of current hardcore bands, we felt the need to express our interpretation of this type of music, because, to us, it's a sorely missing element within today's generic crop of two-chord bands that basically mimic the image of THE EXPLOITED, but fail completely to impress "true" purists with their music.

ARTISTdirect: Growing up in New Orleans, was there a strong hardcore scene when you were a kid? Or did you find more inspiration from the other East Coast scenes?

Anselmo: Both. In the early '80s, the N.O. underground scene was an incredible thing. There were numerous bands that played every week and weekend. It was a phenomenon that was slowly growing across the U.S. — especially when I moved to Texas, and the scene there was thriving as well. But to be completely honest, the N.O. scene was much more interesting and influential. The bands from N.O. were admittedly influenced by the East Coast sound. Out of all the bands from or around the NYC area that I could namedrop as probably the biggest influence to the N.O. sound would be CARNIVORE. If you take a peek into Pete Steele's resume, you'll find that within the NYC hardcore scene his name is legendary. He's penned many a great song for many a great band. SHEER TERROR was great too. They were like CARNIVORE meets THE RIGHTEOUS PIGS, who were an insanely great band from Las Vegas.

ARTISTdirect: The guitar playing has an almost black metal speed, and it's super-tight. Do you enjoy the chance to focus on playing rather than singing?

Anselmo: I love to play guitar. I've been writing my own songs on the axe since I was nine-years-old. I suck at leads. But I have my own style, although I haven't gotten any better at them for over two decades. My playing style on AA must be tight a la AGNOSTIC FRONT, and loose when necessary. On fast songs like "Hammer Them Out", I down-pick. Which is the correct way to play it. The lead guitar work is a bit repetitious, but when a song is under two minutes long, I don't have much room anyway. Thank goodness. But I've always contributed guitar parts to every band I've ever been in, so I'll always play the axe. Singing and playing have always gone hand-in-hand with me. I love 'em both equally.

Read the entire interview at www.artistdirect.com.

ARSON ANTHEM will release its self-titled debut EP on February 19 via Housecore Records; a label created by Anselmo focusing on Phil's side projects and other artists he believes in. The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Year Of The Fork
02. Doomed Morale
03. Bunker Life
04. Hammer Them Out
05. Wrecked Like Clockwork
06. Cops Shoot Coke
07. The Avoider
08. Sri Lankan Medication

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Fans Want Dimebag Statue Erected In Dallas

According to Revolver magazine, two PANTERA fans — Houston's Joey Riordan and Toronto's Mangra — are trying to get a commemorative "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott statue erected in his hometown in Dallas. As inspiration, they cite existing monuments to Jimi Hendrix (in Seattle), Elvis Presley (in Memphis), and THIN LIZZY frontman Phil Lynott (Dublin, Ireland). "Getting Dimebag Darrell a statue in Dallas matters," Riordan tells Revolver. "That was, his memory will live on."

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More Big Name Drummers Announce NAMM Signings

Pearl Drums is hosting an autograph session at this year's Winter NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants), which runs from January 17 to January 20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The signing will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19 at the Pearl booth. It will feature some of the best-known artists in rock and metal, including the following:

Adrian Erlandsson (CRADLE OF FILTH, NEMHAIN)
Barry Kerch (SHINEDOWN)
Craig Nunenmacher (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)
Johnny Kelly (TYPE O NEGATIVE)
Matt McDonough (MUDVAYNE)
Morgan Rose (SEVENDUST)

Important: The NAMM Show is **NOT** open to the public. The only attendees are NAMM member companies and their invited guests.

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Arson Anthem Reveal Debut EP Details

ARSON ANTHEM — the new project featuring Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA) on guitar, Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD) on vocals, Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ASSJACK) on drums and Collin Yeo on bass — will release its self-titled debut EP on February 19 via Housecore Records; a label created by Anselmo focusing on Phil's side projects and other artists he believes in. The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Year Of The Fork
02. Doomed Morale
03. Bunker Life
04. Hammer Them Out
05. Wrecked Like Clockwork
06. Cops Shoot Coke
07. The Avoider
08. Sri Lankan Medication

After losing everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mike Williams moved into Philip's spare apartment. The two spent countless hours listening to Philip's collection of early hardcore bands; the timing was perfect to remedy this cabin fever. They began jamming with III and Collin Yeo, and this proved to be the crowning accession to complete this exploit.

ARSON ANTHEM's mission is to re-introduce the roots of painful amplification, raw production, and a TRUE "fuck-all" attitude to a movement within a new generation that's lost the meaning of less complicated ventures. The byway is to be similar to the original brutality of bands like NEGATIVE APPROACH, POISON IDEA, HELLHAMMER, DISCHARGE and VOID, amongst others. ARSON ANTHEM will never give way to what the societal masses want them to conform to, as by example their previous musical incarnations.

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Watch Philip Anselmo Perform With Rigor Mortis

Fan-filmed video footage of Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA) joining reactivated Texas thrashers RIGOR MORTIS for the song "Re-Animator" on December 14, 2007 at Vino's in Little Rock, Arkansas can be viewed here.

RIGOR MORTIS performed with its original lineup consisting of Bruce Corbitt (TEXAS METAL ALLIANCE), Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS), Casey Orr (MITRA, GWAR, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), and Harden Harrison (MITRA, PERVIS, SPEEDEALER).

ARSON ANTHEM — the new project featuring Anselmo on guitar, Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD) on vocals, Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ASSJACK) on drums and Collin Yeo on bass — supported RIGOR MORTIS for three shows (including the Little Rock concert) earlier in the month. More...

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Phil Anselmo Talks About Arson Anthem

DOWN/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo recently spoke to MTV.com about his new label, Housecore Records, which will launch with an EP by ARSON ANTHEM, a group that features Anselmo on guitar, EYEHATEGOD singer Mike Williams, bassist Collin Yeo and SUPERJOINT RITUAL bassist Hank Williams III on drums. The group formed after Williams, who lost everything he owned in Hurricane Katrina, moved into Anselmo's spare apartment. They spent hours listening to Anselmo's extensive collection of early hardcore, and before long, they started jamming.

"Obviously Mike and I have a history, from high school, to touring together with EYEHATEGOD opening for PANTERA," Anselmo told MTV.com. "After Hurricane Katrina, I bailed him out of jail and put him up at Nodferatu's Lair [a space on Anselmo's property]. His apartment and everything he owned burned down in the post-Katrina riots. We always wanted to start a hardcore band. III and I were in SUPERJOINT RITUAL together, but I knew he was a drummer from when I first met him when he was in his teens. ... Collin was a young musician, he was in town at the right time, and it all fit perfectly."

Read more at MTV.com.

ARSON ANTHEM will team up with RIGOR MORTIS for three shows in December:

Dec. 13 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
Dec. 14 - Vino's - Little Rock, AR
Dec. 15 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA

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Arson Anthem Prepare To Release Debut

With the current roster of supposed "extreme" or "underground" bands repetitively dishing out modern metal regurgitation, something had to give; enter ARSON ANTHEM, the new project featuring ARSON ANTHEM — the new band featuring Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA) on guitar, Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD) on vocals, Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ASSJACK) on drums and Collin Yeo on bass. Basking in the telepathic glow of filthy, vicious '80s-era punk and hardcore, and yearning for a spark, this improper outfit has finally ignited said spark. Fueled by stale vodka and non-filters, they've finally wrecked into a bare-bones, distorted, bastard vacuum.

After losing everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mike Williams moved into Philip's spare apartment. The two spent countless hours listening to Philip's collection of early hardcore bands; the timing was perfect to remedy this cabin fever. They began jamming with III and Collin Yeo, and this proved to be the crowning accession to complete this exploit.

ARSON ANTHEM's mission is to re-introduce the roots of painful amplification, raw production, and a TRUE "fuck-all" attitude to a movement within a new generation that's lost the meaning of less complicated ventures. The byway is to be similar to the original brutality of bands like NEGATIVE APPROACH, POISON IDEA, HELLHAMMER, DISCHARGE and VOID, amongst others. ARSON ANTHEM will never give way to what the societal masses want them to conform to, as by example their previous musical incarnations.

ARSON ANTHEM's debut EP — due on February 19 — will be the first release via Housecore Records; a label created by Anselmo focusing on Phil's side projects and other artists he believes in.

ARSON ANTHEM will team up with RIGOR MORTIS for three shows in December:

Dec. 13 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
Dec. 14 - Vino's - Little Rock, AR
Dec. 15 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA

Coming in 2008 on Housecore: THE MANSON FAMILY SOUNDTRACK, CHRIST INVERSION, EYEHATEGOD's "Live at CBGB", and much more.

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Dimebag's Former Girlfriend Slams Phil Anselmo

Metal Monthly conducted an interview last month (November 2007) with Rita Haney, the longtime girlfriend of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Metal Monthly: Your thoughts on Phil [Anselmo, ex-PANTERA singer]. Is he a part of the problem or part of the solution?

Rita: [Laughs] He's not our problem anymore. But seriously, I think people have the right to choose what they like or dislike. My issues with Anselmo are my own and they shouldn't have to be anyone else's. If I asked people to choose, then I wouldn't be any better than him. He has been the king of lies and manipulation in our camp for a long time. I know now that that started with the heroin use, but he can never go back to being the person he once was, and when he was that person — man, he was on! A great frontman, and I would never try and say different. But I just don't believe, or believe in him, anymore... I can't! When that Metal Hammer interview came out with Philip saying Dimebag Darrell needs to be beaten severely... and no matter how he tries to explain that one away, he said it. Plus a few other things. Metal Hammer sent the audios of his interview to Vinnie [Paul, Dimebag's brother and former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer] and yes! That's Phil Anselmo's voice. I heard it myself. But after it was posted on Blabbermouth, Dime asked me — and I could hear the lump in his throat — "What did I ever do to him?" And you know, I had to fight the lump in my own throat, I hated seeing him hurt, and he asked me again, "What did I ever do to him?" And I told him, "Nothin', baby. All you ever did was love him in his heart you are the one person on this earth that he truly respects and he can't face you... so in his drug-induced mind he's made you his enemy... for no reason at all... all because he's a junkie and you're not, which makes you not part of his world." And ya know, he said, "Maybe you're right, but I can't do this anymore." I know the last thing Dime told me that day about him was he was done! He would never stand on stage with him again! Philip had humiliated and embarrassed him for the last time! Dime told me then, "I'm writing him off. No longer will he trample through my peaceful mind!" And when that tour bus came home and there was no one to get off of it... that was one of the hardest things I had to do was go on there and pack up his bunk, but while I was doing it I found a two-page letter that Dime had written about Philip and in his own handwriting. It says what he had told me that day and a few other things about Mr. Anselmo, so in my heart I just can't believe in him anymore... It's tired. When Dime forgives him then I will... I have to stand by Dime and his brother; it's what I know is right.

Metal Monthly: Many people do not know that Eddie Van Halen buried one of his guitars with Darrell. This is true, right? And like 20 bottles of Crown Royal?

Rita: [Laughs] There's a few bottles of 7 up in there too! My boy loooves Seagram's! But yeah, Vinnie and I were trying to figure out which guitar, and about that time Ed called... he asked me on the phone if there was anything he could do, and I said, "Yes, as a matter of fact there is... Can you stripe him a yellow-and-black guitar?" He said, "Are you sure you don't want the red-black-and-white?" I said, "No... Dime told me the yellow-and-black is the shit! It's the toughest lookin'!" He always thought that. We had just seen VAN HALEN in Midland, TX a few weeks earlier and that was the first time Dime ever got to meet Eddie Van Halen. They hung out before and after the show. Dime even got to play on his rig at soundcheck. He was like a kid in a candy store... the way his eyes were lit up. He told me later in the limo — which Van Halen provided — "How cool is that?" Anyway he leaned over and looked me right in the eyes and said, "If I died tonight, it wouldn't matter, 'cause I've done everything now, I've met Eddie Van Halen!" and he had the biggest smile on his face... he was so happy! But, shit, I strayed! I'm the world's worst about telling 10 stories at once! [Laughs] Back to Ed... He said, "OK," that he would be down in a couple of days. When Ed came in at the viewing, he had the guitar, but it wasn't the guitar we expected... he told Vinnie and I that "Dime was an original and only an original deserves the original!" He popped open the case and there it was... his original '79 still with the rusted set of strings on it! It was so amazing!!! I took it in to Dime and I said, "See, baby, you didn't get a replica! You got THE one," and I gave him a kiss on the forehead and place it in there with him... Ed was awesome and I thank him still!

Metal Monthly: I saw you recently got one of the coolest tattoos ever, and you were filmed [for the "LA Ink" show] while doing it. What was that experience like?

Rita: Ya know, I hadn't had a tat in over seven years. I was kinda nervous. I didn't know how it was going to feel in that area and on the hand, but believe it or not, it was really smooth... Kat's an amazing artist, we all know that, but she has an awesome touch when it comes to layin' ink! Now I ain't gonna lie, it did sting when it came around the elbow and the knuckles, especially that joint on top of the wrist! [Laughs] But it rocked! I'm so proud of this tat! The portrait she did is very sentimental to me 'cause he was actually handing me down a shot on the headstock of his guitar in Chicago and the House of Blues. I was in the photo pit filming and Chad Lee, the photographer, was right next to me and he snapped the photo. When I look at the portrait in the mirror and see the look in his eyes and the smile on his face, I know he was looking at me... that look was for me and it makes me smile.

Metal Monthly: Rita, I know how TV works and they edit things down... On the ["LA Ink"] interview you probably said a lot that was cut out. Is there anything you would like to say to the families of the other guys who lost their lives that most tragic night?

Rita: Yeah, we interviewed for two or three hours and they took segments out of place. I've only seen the show once, but for instance, when I'm talking about how the events of the night unfold... They had asked me a question of how I knew, and they took those clips from me describing mine and Vinnie's phone call and what he was telling me at that particular time… before we knew everything and before I read the autopsy, so unless you hear the whole thing then, yeah, I guess there are people out there that are going to try and turn it into something else. One thing that I want to make clear, I was not there that night and I have never once claimed to be. When I say "we," I'm referring to our family and organization, I did not mean for people to misinterpret that, and yes, in those interviews I named everyone's names who were there on that awful night... Eric, Nathan and Mayhem [DAMAGEPLAN's head of security] — and his name is Mayhem when it comes to our camp, just like Kat [DAMAGEPLAN drum tech] is Kat, not John Brooks. But I was not in control over how that show was edited, and I feel for those families and their losses. I hate that the thing we share in life is that fuckin' night. But I will not represent Dime in a bitter way. Yeah, I could sit around and be angry and shitty and point fingers at everybody else that didn't save him. I mean, come on... it happened how it happened, and there's nothing we can do to change that now. But yeah, inside sometimes that tries to bubble to the surface, but he wasn't that kind of person, and I will not let myself represent him that way either. The only thing I know I can do is come away from this and share with other people what I learned from him. Dime gave me so much. Even though he was taken away, I can't complain. I'm just thankful for all the "Dime time" he gave me! If I can help put a smile on someone's face, then hell yeah, I will! When I grieve for him, it's on my own time, not someone else's. They shouldn't have to deal with my burdens and issues or what I keep inside. Dime was about puttin' that smile on their face and makin' people happy, and so am I. To quote him one more time, "You either roll with it, or you get rolled over." I heard about a post that someone put up on MySpace from one of the family members of the other victims, but I have not read it personally. I heard they took potshots at the fact that Dime and I weren't married and all kinds of other bullshit nitpicks. Not that I owe anybody an explanation, but I don't do the marriage/kid thing — that's my business and it should remain, unless I choose to share it, you know. It's like religion... no one wants someone else's beliefs shoved off on 'em, but I will not apologize for something that I had no control over or that was not my fault. I do not know the other people, with the exception of Mayhem, but from their actions and giving there lives to help, I would not think they would want to be represented with such bitterness either. And I can't claim to know how their family members feel about their loss. I only know how I feel and how my family feels! I'm all about helping out where I can. I take care of my own, I always have! I have not once ever been contacted by any of them... But, if there's something I can do to help raise money or charity stuff, whatever... then bring it! But I will not let someone try and make me feel like I owe them something, because I don't and I have not asked them for anything in return as well. So my question is this: I would just like to know how you come to the conclusion that it's my responsibility and no one else's that was affected by this tragedy? Why am I the person who has to try and make it right for you? Well, there is no right for this situation and there never will be, unless those people who lost there lives that night come walking through the door right now. I do wanna give a shout out to Nathan's [Bray] mom. She is the only other family member that I've had the privilege to meet and God bless her!

Read the full article at metalmonthly.

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Blender.com On "The 28 Most Recognizable Guitars"

According to Blender.com: "We salute rock & roll's most iconic tool of the trade since stuffed spandex - the multinecked, fur-lined, flame-throwing masterpieces that remain as influential as the shredders who strapped them on." Hard rock and metal legends featured include Les Claypool, Dave Grohl, Michael Anthony, Angus Young, Ace Frehley, Zakk Wylde, Jerry Only, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, Kurt Cobain, ZZ Top, Gene Simmons, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen among others.

Read the full article at Blender.com.

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Watch Fall Out Boy Cover Pantera's "Walk"

EVERY TIME I DIE singer Keith Buckley joined FALL OUT BOY onstage for a cover of PANTERA's "Walk" on November 19 in Buffalo, New York. This reportedly took place during a secret FALL OUT BOY show at the Mohawk Place where they performed under the name SCHRUTE FARMS.

Fan-filmed video footage of the atrocity performance can be viewed on YouTube or below. More...

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Phil Anselmo: "I'm The Best Frontman In The World"

In the second installment of Headbanger's Blog's week-long series with DOWN/ex-PANTERA vocalist Philip Anselmo, the pugnacious fighter steps into the ring and talks about why he's the undisputed heavyweight champion of heavy metal and how he’s working with the best band playing today. Watch the two clips below. (Note: Video stream is NOT available to non-U.S. residents.)

In the first clip, Anselmo says: "I just think I'm the best frontman in the world and I have the best band behind and I'm the best at what I fucking do. And I've known most of them since I was 13 years old. That's the magic there. That's longevity. That's a team. That's what got you there.

He continues: "We can't be categorized. We've taken the southern rock thing… We wrote about being southern on our first damn record. On our second record we touched upon the fact… We have transcended the entire thing. As a matter of fact, last night I think I saw a confederate flag for the first time the entire tour and it got yanked down into the crowd and I never saw it again. I stand on no damn flag."

DOWN's video for the song "On March The Saints" will make its "Headbanger's Ball" debut this Saturday, November 17 at 11:00 p.m. on MTV2 (re-air at 4:00 a.m.). This episode will also feature a piece with Phil Anselmo in which he compares the world of boxing to playing music.

The "On March The Saints" clip will make its online debut tomorrow (Thursday, November 15) on the Headbanger's Blog.

DOWN's new album, "Over the Under", was released on September 25 through ILG/Warner Music Group (one day earlier internationally via Roadrunner Records). The LP was issued in Europe as a limited-edition digipack CD featuring the bonus track "Invest in Fear". More...

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Dimevision 2 and Book Details Revealed

HELLYEAH/ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has issued the following update:

"HELLYEAH's first DVD, 'Below the Belt', is in stores now. Pick it up anywhere — it's a way to live a day in the life of the HELLYEAH band and our rowdy crew.

"We are shooting our video for 'Thank You' in Dallas, Texas at The Palladium the night before Thanksgiving, November 21st... then the party moves to The Clubhouse so bring your ass and let's make it the video and party of the year!

"HELLYEAH will be on tour until December 15th and possibly into next year.

"I wanna thank everyone for making my return to music a great experience! It's been awesome!

"Please keep sending demos as I will get some time to focus on the label (Big Vin Records) early next year and plan on signing a few bands...

"Also, 'Dimevision 2' [DVD tribute to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott] is coming along and the first official photo book for Dime is being put together by me and my Dad and will be out next year too. We are very excited about this as it's a true tribute to the King himself!"

"Below the Belt" contains footage going back to the formation of HELLYEAH, including the group's first recording session, the making of its self-titled debut album and various stops on the group's ongoing world tour, as well as personal interviews and other features. The two-hour DVD also includes videos, backstage clips, footage from the band's April record release party and a look inside Chasin' Jason, the studio once owned by late PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott where HELLYEAH recorded.

Singer Chad Gray, who also fronts MUDVAYNE, told The Pulse of Radio that HELLYEAH likes to bring a light-hearted attitude to playing in a band. "Being on the road and touring and playing shows is, like, fun," he said. "You know, to get all in your, you know, leather and your spikes and get up and be all serious and mean and whatever, it's like, that's just not the vibe of our band. We just have a good time with it and people seem to respond to that kind of HELLYEAH vibe, you know, just like, let's have a good time, you know."

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Potentially Satanic Ozzy Memorabilia For Sale

People who find themselves watching reruns of The Osbournes and wondering where they could possibly get their own skull and crossbones cufflinks or backstage pass to Ozzfest 2002 may be in luck.

Julien's Auctions, who specialize in high-profile celebrity auctions will be selling off more than 500 items from the Ozzy Osbourne and family's personal collection, many of which were prominently displayed on episodes of The Osbournes. The auction, which is scheduled to take place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, features a wide range of products from rings to cars and everything Ozzy in-between.

Some items will likely have no problem finding buyers. The Dark One's bat cloak, his velvet bath robe and trademark wire-frame glasses are all available, as are the family's Teen Choice Award and 2006 Bentley Continental. While items from Ozzy's wardrobe come too late for Halloween, they are certainly coveted items amongst those who still request "Crazy Train" at weddings.

On the other hand, some items, while sure to sell, may go to buyers who wish to remain anonymous, such as a pair of Ozzy's used leather pants and a signed and inscribed 8x10 photo of David Hasselhoff circa Baywatch.

Also available for auction is Ozzy's Yamaha "Banshee" ATV, the very one he crashed in 2003 leading him to sporting a neck brace, which unfortunately isn't up for grabs. Bidding starts at $2,000 for the neck-smashing quad.

Many of the items may be of little interest to Ozzy fans at all and may instead end up in the hands of gothic furniture collectors, such as carved changing screens, lamps and a log bin.

Fans of other celebrities may want to take note as well. The auction features gold records from Pantera, Ugly Kid Joe, System Of A Down, Static X and more.

The auction seems to be the real deal and not a police sting similar to one used by Fargo, North Dakota police earlier this month in which people with outstanding warrants were invited to meet the singer, only to be led away in handcuffs upon arrival.

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Phil Anselmo Talks Boxing

Since he was young, former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Phil Anselmo has been obsessed with boxing. A microcosm of the battles between mankind over the ages, a reflection of the principles of social Darwinism and a display of agility, stamina and strength, boxing is considered by some — including Anselmo — to be the ultimate sport.

As a warrior, a motivator and a victor, Anselmo can relate to many of the boxing greats. With PANTERA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL and DOWN, he has dealt with an abundance of adversity, surprises and ultimately, triumphs. These, he compares to the challenges a boxer faces in the ring. In the clip below, Anselmo discusses the similarities he sees between rocking with DOWN and swinging like current WBA Heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (clip courtesy of Headbanger's Blog; note: the video stream is NOT available to non-U.S. residents). More...

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Arson Anthem Debut CD Expected In February

ARSON ANTHEM — the new band featuring Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA), Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD), and Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL) — is tentatively scheduled to release its debut CD in February 2008. More information will be made available soon.

Fan-filmed video footage of ARSON ANTHEM's September 13, 2006 concert at the Howling Wolf in New Orleans, Lousiana can be viewed below. The unannounced appearance took place during Hank Williams III's solo headlining concert at the venue.


Mike D. Williams (EYEHATEGOD, OUTLAW ORDER) – Vocals
Philip H. Anselmo (DOWN, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA) – Guitar
Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL) – Drums
Collin Yeo - Bass More...

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Metal Hammer Creating Dimebag Tribute Issue

Metal Hammer magazine recently announced its plans to create a massive tribute issue dedicated to Dimebag Darrell, and is inviting fans to contribute. They posted an article on their website:

If you haven't already, it isn't too late to get involved in our ultimate Dimebag tribute!

As many of you already know, and the response has been tremendous, we are hard at work on an extensive, once-in-a-lifetime tribute to the great man. All you need to do to be a part of it is to send us a simple picture of of yourself – whether it’s your Dime/Pantera tattoo, you and Dime or just you flippin’ the horns, send us your photos to dimetribute@futurenet.co.uk. The pictures can be digital, and can even be taken on your mobile phone!

We recently spoke to Dimebag’s brother and partner in music, Vinnie Paul about our tribute and when he and Dime first discovered a mutual love of music. "Once we started on music we were inseparable. Before that he was quite a bit smaller than me," Vinnie explained. "The first record I ever owned was Kiss' 'Alive'. After that it was Van Halen, and then 'Cat Scratch Fever' by Ted Nugent. Music had me hooked after that. I'd already started playing the drums. My dad was a musician which was no bad thing, it was always around the house. We were like a team. Inseparable. We thrived on music and learned as much as we could and couldnÂ’t wait to get together and play."

And as Vinnie goes on to describe, that was a bond that was to last right to the end. “ItÂ\’s incredible," he says. "We had the greatest chemistry in the world. We always knew where each other was going, especially musically, when we were writing or playing live or just having fun. We never felt in competition with each other. A lot of kids when they’re growing up get a lot of pressure from their parents about getting good grades and stuff. We were a team. We worked together and never felt that competition that other kids do."

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Florida's WFLM Radio To Air Metal Tribute Show

WFLM Radio will air a special live tribute show honoring the various heavy metal/hard rock musicians who have died. The program will be broadcast all day/night on Saturday, November 24 and will include tributes to the following groups/musicians:

KISS (Eric Carr)
METALLICA (Cliff Burton)
Jimi Hendrix
OZZY OSBOURNE (Randy Rhoads)
ACID BATH (Audie Pitre)
DEATH (Chuck Schuldiner)
VOIVOD (Denis "Piggy" D'Amour)

Special guests, other musicians and fans will have the opportunity to speak out on how the various artists have affected their lives.

To listen to the show live via the Internet, visit www.wflmradio.com.

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Video Interview With Phil Anselmo From 2003 Online

San Antonio's long-standing metal institution and STUF-TV cable show "Robb's MetalWorks" has just released the second installment of its special "Archival Series." This installment is a three-part edition dedicated to an interview with vocalist Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT RITUAL). The interview, which was conducted on August 22, 2003 in San Antonio, never aired in its entirety on "Robb's MetalWorks" due to its 30-minute length, but is now being re-released predominantly uncut. See Phil discuss the beginning of SUPERJOINT RITUAL, his feelling on his PANTERA bandmates, his hopes for his legacy, the 9/11 bombing, and his return to the "underground" on YouTube (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). More...

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New Interview With Hellyeah Drummer Online

Brian Dukes of FayObserver.com recently conducted an interview with drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott (HELLYEAH, ex-PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN).

FayObserver.com: What's it like to work with all these talented performers [in HELLYEAH]?

Vinnie Paul: We knew this band was going to be special from the start. It's been great because there's been no ego problems. We're a band, through and through, and we're having fun doing this.

FayObserver.com: Is there any added pressure or unrealistic expectations since you guys are, essentially, a "supergroup?"

Vinnie Paul: Not really. It's actually been refreshing to be a part of something that's not so high-pressure or that comes with high expectations. We're an old-fashioned garage band — just a bunch of guys jamming out and making music.

FayObserver.com: Is this band a creative outlet for you guys?

Vinnie Paul: Hell yeah, absolutely. We're creating things that you wouldn't necessarily find coming from MUDVAYNE or NOTHINGFACE or DAMAGEPLAN. This band stands on its own two feet.

FayObserver.com: What are some of your goals with this band?

Vinnie Paul: We knew that we wanted to accomplish three things: have a good time, create songs that are heavy but groove-oriented and that people could sing along to.

FayObserver.com: Every member of HELLYEAH comes from a different band with different fan bases. How have those fans responded to this collaboration?

Vinnie Paul: They've really embraced us from day one. They really seem to love how we've made fun, re-energized music that's not so serious and over the top — which is something that's been missing from the music scene for a while.

FayObserver.com: Of all the possible names, why HELLYEAH?

Vinnie Paul: It's simple, and it's a phrase we use all the time. It's very affirmative and full of attitude. When your buddy asks if you want to get a beer tonight, you don't just say "yes," you say, "Hell yeah!"

FayObserver.com: How many times have you said "Hellyeah"?

Vinnie Paul: I've lost count.

FayObserver.com: How'd you pick it?

Vinnie Paul: We had a rule. When we were looking for a name, that if you thought of something, you'd write it down and put it on an amp box outside of the studio. Well, someone wrote "Hellyeah," and we all just looked at each other and said, "Hellyeah!"

FayObserver.com: What are your future plans?

Vinnie Paul: Well, people need to know that this is a real band, not just a side project. We're going to take some time after MUDVAYNE gets done touring and promoting their latest album, and then we're going to come back and do this again — only bigger, badder, faster and harder.

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