There have been rumors of a potential Pantera reunion for years, and the possibility was once again brought up when Mayhem Festival chief John Reese recently revealed that he had approached the three living members about getting back together for a reunion concert. Vocalist Philip Anselmo now says in a new interview that this has not been the only offer, but that it’s time to move on.
The vocalist explains, “We’ve been approached a bunch of times. But the truth is the wind only blows one way one time. You know the truth of the whole matter is I have moved on. And I move forward. And I think Vinnie Paul has done the same thing. And I think Rex has moved in his own direction.”
He adds, “We could talk all in circles all day but the truth of the matter is that if you don’t have the willingness of the remaining living members, then it’s not there. We had plenty of offers. But Vince is doing what he wants to do and all we can do is respect that.”
But that being said, Anselmo is aware that there is a large portion of the band’s fan base who would like to see a reunion and if all three members were agreeable, he’d be on board. “I’ll tell you what, I would do it in a f–king heartbeat. If everybody was on board, I would do it in a f–king heartbeat,” says Anselmo. “Because I think with the added truth that … it would be in honor of our fallen brother Dimebag… that would motivate me to do it absolutely a hundred percent for no other reason, other than you and the contingency of people … who want to see it … or the whole generation or two that missed out on it. I get all of that. I get all sides of it. So count me in jack! Believe me, if the phone call came tomorrow I’d be the first one doing pushups!”
But as Anselmo stated, he has moved on and with quite a bit of passion for a variety of projects. Down remains his most high profile gig and he reveals there will be another EP in their series of EPs. Plus, there are more gigs and a new album en route in 2016 from the reunited Superjoint. Plus, Anselmo has his solo band The Illegals and a much rumored death metal project. And he appears on the upcoming Metal Allegiance disc. On top of all that, he’s in the process of putting together the third annual Housecore Horror Festival for this fall.
For several years, Disturbed frontman David Draiman has been one of the most interesting musicians to follow via social networking. Offering a combination of humorous posts, informational news-related items and opinionated commentary on issues of importance in his world, Draiman’s Twitter account has been a must-follow. However his passionate support of his Israeli heritage and commentary on the Israel-Palestine conflict and outspoken viewpoints on other hot button issues has riled up a few followers and led to some heated discussions. And while Draiman has given as good as he’s gotten, it appears that he’s tired of the social media drama.
Recently, he revealed that he’s decided to delete his Twitter account. “I’m done with social media, personally,” explained the singer. “And it had nothing to do with the record. It happened to be coincidental, but it had nothing to do with the record.”
He adds, “Social media has become a playground for trolls, a playground for these people who prey on one another. You can’t get anything decent done on there anymore; you just open yourself up to constant attack. And I’m just done with it. I’m done with it. I hope that the couple of years of my being as involved in it as I was meant something to people. I hope that they gleaned something from it, or took something away from it, or at least were entertained or something, because, now, I’m becoming a recluse.”
Draiman continues, “At the end of the day, what people want from me is to get up there on that stage and make them feel powerful and give them a release for an hour and a half or two hours every once in a while. And if I’m still able to do that, hopefully I’m still making people happy.”
A search of Draiman’s Twitter account reveals that the page no longer exists.
As he stated, it’s time to make the fans happy through music again. Disturbed’s Immortalized album is due Aug. 21.
From a June 18th interview with SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor...
1) Is SLIPKNOT already working on material for the follow-up to last year's ".5: The Gray Chapter" album:
Corey: "Well, I mean, we're gonna finish touring and then we're gonna take a couple of years off again to, kind of, let everything chill. I'm gonna go do my thing, [and] everybody else's gonna go, kind of, do their thing. I know Clown's [percussion] got movies that he wants to make, which is very cool. He just wrapped his first feature a couple of months ago, which I'm pretty stoked for him about. So everybody is gonna, kind of, do their thing, and then, in a couple of years, we'll get back together and see what happens again. Kind of what we used to do… Before we lost [SLIPKNOT bassist] Paul [Gray], that's what we would do: we would go [pursue other projects] for a while and then we would get back together after a couple of years and say, like, 'All right. What have we got now?' So I think that's what we're gonna do."2) What do you think contributes to SLIPKNOTstill being at the top of its game twently years into the band's existence:
Corey: "I don't know… to be honest. I mean, the only thing that I can say, or figure out, is maybe because our reasons for making music have never changed. We're still the band who remembers what it was like to hear our favorite bands when we were 14. And remember playing in front of an audience when we were, like, 19 — or, in my case, my first show was when I was 13. That same passion carries over today. I'm 41, so, for me, it wouldn't make any sense for me to come out here and fake it and act like I wanted be here, because I wear my emotions very much on everything. So, for me, the same emotion that went into the first album goes into everything that we do, and I think the fans realize that and they feel it and they react to it, and I think that's why we've just been getting bigger and bigger and bigger… in a career that has, really, had a lot of highs and lows. So, yeah, I don't try to figure it out anymore. I just kind of go, 'All right.' I enjoy the surprise of it. And that just makes me do everything I can for the audience."
SLIPKNOT's "Summer's Last Stand" tour kicks off on July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida, wrapping up six weeks later on September 5 in Dallas. Joining SLIPKNOT on the road trip will be LAMB OF GOD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and MOTIONLESS IN WHITE.
SLIPKNOT's new album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 21, 2014 via Roadrunner.
During a Foo Fighters performance at Ullevi in Gothernburg, Sweden TODAY (Friday June 12), Grohl sustained a serious leg injury after jumping off the stage. The exact injury is still to be determined, but Grohl told the crowd that he thinks his right leg was broken.
"Ladies and gentlemen… I think I just broke my leg," Grohl told the crowd at the packed concert. "I think I really broke my leg. … Right now, I'm gonna go to the hospital. I'm gonna fix my leg. But then I'm gonna come back, and we're gonna play for you again!"
According to TMZ, Grohl attempted to continue performing after sustaining the injury, singing Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure." The stage fall reportedly occurred early in the band's set.