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Phil Anselmo Refuses To Explain Suspicious Tattoo After Mooning Crowd; Tension Ensues
A minor scuffle broke out Monday night, March 31st, between veteran metal singer Philip H. Anselmo – of Pantera, Down, and Superjoint Ritual fame – and Metalunderground.com staff in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The New Orleans native, 45, had recently launched a brief string of one-off solo performances [“close to home,” according to his Facebook page] with his backing band The Illegals. Metalunderground.com was on hand at Riverside Warehouse in Shreveport for Monday night’s show.
We arrived late to discover a perplexed and increasingly uncomfortable crowd. After some inquiry, bartender Tom Symkowski filled us in:
“Some guy was heckling Phil, giving him grief. It happens every now and then; one of my girls does tend to overpour… Anyway, Phil was obviously having a hard time focusing between songs and getting visibly angry.
“Then the heckler made some wisecrack about [murdered Pantera guitarist] Dimebag Darrell, and I knew he’d gone too far. Phil totally lost it, called the guy a ‘pig f*cker,’ turned around, and mooned the crowd.
“He had his pants down maybe for one second before he jerked them back up, almost like he’d forgotten something and realized it too late. I mean, he looked kind of sheepish after that. I don’t blame him.
“You know what I saw? A tattoo on his lower back with the words ‘YOUR NAME.’ I’m not joking. In big, blockish, gothic letters.
“Who the hell gets a tattoo like that?”
Metalunderground.com had scheduled an interview with Anselmo following the show, and we attempted to shed light on this question ourselves. After the subject was broached, the singer noticeably bristled, despite being quite high by then.
“Yeah, that,” Anselmo muttered. “I think that cat needs to learn to read again. It says NOLA SAINTS. You know, the football team. I’m a diehard fan and always wanted to ink their name somewhere, but never found room until recently.”
Skeptical, we reminded Anselmo that at this point, several other attendees, some of which had been mere inches from the singer’s exposed backside, had corroborated Symkowski’s account. “It clearly reads ‘YOUR NAME.’”
Anselmo went silent, plainly frustrated, and eventually threw his hands up. “All right. Fine. Guilty. That’s what it says… Remember the Pantera song ‘War Nerve?’ Where I ranted about being misunderstood and misrepresented in the press? That’s kind of what I meant by this tattoo… It’s sort of symbolic, like I bend over and they can kiss my ass, which has ‘their name’ on it. Y’know?”
We probed a little further. “Really? I’m not sure I would’ve picked up on that reference… You know, there is a nickname for tattoos on the lower back. You are aware of that, right? It’s called a tra – “
“I know what the f*ck it’s called,” Anselmo growled, suddenly agitated. We asked him what he’d been thinking, knowingly receiving such a tattoo in such a place.
“… Well look, I already told you,” he raised his voice. “I deal with the g*ddamn hecklers and nosy writers so the other dudes in the band don’t have to!” He was shaking a fist in the air at this point. “I have media skills! I am good at dealing with the press, don’t you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?”
In an attempt to change the subject, we then noticed another apparently fresh tattoo on Anselmo's wrist: the logo for Pantera's 1983 debut "Metal Magic." We inquired about this, pointing out that Anselmo had not appeared on that album.
Metalunderground.com has no further recollection from that moment until waking at Louisiana State University Medical Center.
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