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Former Pantera Manager: Phil Anselmo 'Was Beyond Anybody's Control'

In the February 2006 issue of Revolver magazine (web site), several of PANTERA's former business associates recount the band's amazing rise to the status of the biggest extreme metal act in the world and the circumstances that led to their eventual break-up.

Though it would be unfair to blame PANTERA's demise directly on vocalist Philip Anselmo's side band DOWN, it's clear that the project — as well as Anselmo's many other projects, like SUPERJOINT RITUAL — became another snowball in the avalanche of bad feeling that eventually overwhelmed the band. Certainly, the lack of direct communication between Anselmo and the Abbott brothers (Darrell and Vince) also had something to do with it, as did the "he said/they said" salvos that were fired back and forth between the two camps — with bassist Rex Brown caught in the middle — via interviews in print magazines and online publications.

"Really, it was just a complete lack of communication [within PANTERA], and the wrong things being said at the wrong time," offers Kim Zide-Davis, who joined the band's management team a few months after the group's "Far Beyond Driven" CD came out. "Philip doesn't have a real understanding that he needs to be careful of who he says what to, and how people can misconstrue what he's saying. It got to the point where I'd come into the office and Phil was out on tour with DOWN or SUPERJOINT RITUAL and had just said something else. Honestly, it was gut-wrenching.

"I spent the better part of the last three years [with PANTERA] working with them on and off, trying to keep them from disintegrating. The brothers were ready to go, and so was Rex. But Philip was beyond anybody's control."

"I blame the media for making a circus out of the fact that there were a few things I wanted to get out of my system, and we were going to take a break," says Anselmo today. "The media blew this 'we hate each other' thing up to the sky."

But while the "who broke up PANTERA" argument can (and probably will) rage well into the next millennium, the premature death of Dimebag Darrell ultimately renders it moot. Though drummer Vinnie Paul has vehemently stated that he and his brother would have never participated in a PANTERA reunion, Brown would like to think otherwise. "Maybe somewhere down the road we would've smoothed stuff out — the four of us getting together in a room and beating the shit out of each other or whatever," he says. "We can’t do that now. All that we can do now is move on and do the best we can and try to preserve the legacy that we built, and at least keep Dime's musical legacy alive."

The February 2006 issue of Revolver magazine — containing a lengthy interview with Anselmo and comments from many of the group's longtime associates — will hit newsstands on December 6.

Blabbermouth.net has assembled a series of links on the war of words that contributed to PANTERA's eventual demise.

Source: Blabbermouth

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11 Comments on "ex-Manager: Anselmo 'Was Beyond Anybody's Control'"

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1. War Ensemble writes:

why! nnnnnnoooooo!!!!! I blame the media for f***in up one of the greatest bands in the history of metal. the fact that the media was the only comunication between the two sides made it worse, because the band didn't even make a descission together. then the madia blew it out of proportion just for a f***in front page story that makes me sick cause thats why a psychotic pantera fan killed dimebag for no f***in reson. fuuck swkeq/ufuijlijb;ngijr;nojrb'n

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2. War Ensemble writes:

fffffffuuccccckkkkk the media

# Dec 1, 2005 @ 1:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. brokenwings13 writes:

I think Phil had alot to do with the breakup. His drug use and miscommunication with the other members. Who knows what could've happened. But what happened happened and nothing can change that.

# Dec 1, 2005 @ 2:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Kent writes:

Just reading that article awakens a rage within me. I wish I could go back in time and f***ing kill that dude that capped dimebag. How can one psycho be allowed to change the fate of the entire world? f***!.. f*** the media aswell.

# Dec 9, 2005 @ 11:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. slayerdisciple writes:

f***in media

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6. supakilla writes:

f uck phil.. his bullsh** was unneeded and he in the end blew sh** up bigger than it needed to be.. f*** HIM .. hes the f***ing moron who killed dime.. he should f***ing get shot too

# Dec 12, 2005 @ 1:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. FlipTheBirds writes:

supakilla you are a f**cking idiot. Phil is the greatest frontman in metal history. Like it or not.

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8. relentless austin writes:

All I can say is that it's just f***ing sad that the sh** went down the way it did.
I don't blame anyone. It's a f***ing tragedy!!!

# Dec 17, 2005 @ 12:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Hellplim writes:

Yeah its the most f***ed up thing that could of happened to them. Goddamn it seems f***ed up and If i were the department investigating it Phil would definatly be a suspect, but it doesnt seem like the law gives a sh** becaue I think the case is closed. Phils a peice of sh** either way, but if he did have something to do with it, Im sure he will pay......

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10. Azazel_Begotten writes:

Its the f***ing Media for sure

# Dec 27, 2005 @ 11:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Hellplim writes:

A few qoutes from phil below
"I think, more or less, it lies between Dimebag and I. There was never a point when he could not get drunk. Which was pretty much every day. And now I'm hearing it's worse than ever.
"He would attack me, vocally. And just knowing that he was so much smaller than me I could kill him like a f***in' piece of vapor, you know, he would turn into vapor — his chin would, at least, if I f***in' smacked it. And he knows that. The world should know that. So physically, of course, he deserves to be beaten severely.
"I have staying power! I have a devoted following that would do anything for me! Anything that I say. And there's not many people that can say that, that are in my position.

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