After Pantera broke up in 2003, relations between frontman Philip Anselmo and the rest of the band were strained. Things got worse between Anselmo and drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott following the 2004 death of Pantera guitarist -- and Paul's brother -- "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.
But in this 2016 interview, Anselmo discussed some of the things that he admired about his ex-bandmate. In the wake of Vinnie Paul's untimely death last night (June 22), we thought it was worth revisiting this segment.
Anselmo spoke about Vinnie’s professionalism throughout Pantera’s career. “While the rest of us were drunken buffoons, [Vinnie] had to drive, he had to settle at the end of the night, he had to do all of that type of work that a tour manager would have to do,” Phil said. “He was always a business guy. Very, very, very smart businessman.”
Phil also gave props to Vinnie’s proficiency in the recording studio. After producer Terry Date would put in 24 hours of time behind the board, Vinnie would often take over and record Anselmo’s vocal parts. “Vince would come in and he would always have a great attitude,” Anselmo added. “You can’t be negative when you’re behind the glass … He was very encouraging, very easy to work with in that capacity. I give him giant props there and it taught me a whole lot about being in the studio later on in life — keeping things light.”
Check out the full clip of Philip Anselmo praising Vinnie Paul in our exclusive video above.