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Wow....I don't think Phil seems to get it....

Philip Anselmo on Pantera Bandmate Vinnie Paul: ‘First and Foremost, I’d Tell Him I Love Him’

The discord between singer Philip Anselmo and drummer Vinnie Paul has been well chronicled, with Anselmo recently expressing his desire to reconnect with his onetime Pantera bandmate.

Anselmo has said that he would be open to a heart-to-heart talk with Vinnie Paul, yet admits the chances of that happening are very slim at the moment. In fact he questions if it will ever happen.

We just spoke with Anselmo about his new solo album, ‘Walk Through Exits Only,’ which is due out in the summer, and towards the end of that interview (which we will be posting in the near future), the conversation turned toward Pantera and his relationship with Vinnie Paul.

We asked Anselmo what he’d say to Vinnie Paul if that one-on-one conversation ever did happen and he gave us a very emotional, thoughtful and detailed answer:

    Well, first and foremost, I’d tell him I love him. I love the guy — as different as both of us are individually, we’re very different people. But the same can be said for all of us in Pantera. Rex [Brown] and I are very different people. Dimebag and everybody [were] very different people.

    I would let Vince Paul know that I love him very much, and I would apologize to him for his misinterpretation in not understanding where I was coming from in my lowest point in our career. And then I would definitely touch upon how much lack of communication played a big role in our breaking up. A lot of that is on my back, which I’ve completely f—in’ owned up to. But I’m not sure the rest of them have owned up to their side of things, especially Vince, when it comes to communication.

    At least in my life, I cannot hold onto grudges. It’s a waste of energy, a waste of time. And really, and I feel strongly about this, after we lost Dimebag in such a horrific way, I just cannot help but feel that Vinnie Paul’s entire healing process could have been helped a lot more had he reached out to Rex and I, and we could have healed somehow together — whether you want to call it ‘healing’ or not. But if we would have really focused together on this thing and come out of it as brothers — because we are brothers — in certain ways we could have formed an even stronger bond together. But that did not happen and I think it’s hurt us.

    Put it this way, I don’t ever expect Vince to bend or break on his stance at all, I really don’t. But if ever given the chance, man, to get straight back to your f—in’ question, I would just really give him all the apologies, I’d tell him I love him and then I would say, ‘Look, let’s get down to differences now. You’re gonna have to hear my side of it. Take it or leave it, because you can leave it – you’ve already locked it out for x amount of years. What’s the harm in hearing me out one on one, away from everybody? What’s the harm?’

    I have no anger toward Vince. No one can question a person — really he saw Darrell get shot. That’s a scarring thing for anybody. I wish it can be seen for what it is and that blame did not have to fall on anyone’s head or any circumstance. Because really it was a psychopath who had a hard-on for Pantera and it’s very well-known fact between Rex and I, between my family and myself — we all had to go through a lot of soul searching — but it could have been Rex, it could have been me, it could have been Vince. It was Darrell that was murdered and it’s just the way it happened. I could say, “I wish it would have been me’” or anything like that — I can say a million f—in’ things, man, and it still would not bring Dime back.

    So this is always gonna be a tough thing to talk about, and I really wish instead of talking about it in this interview, Vince and I can be talking about it together and just ironing this thing out. I’ll end it with this: I don’t think this is fair to the Pantera fans. I really don’t. When you’re a fan of a band, you don’t wanna hear about them fighting. You don’t want to hear about their negativity. You don’t want to read that s–t. You don’t want to f—in’ hear about that crap.

    I think it would mean a whole lot to a whole lot of people if one day Vince and I and Rex could all sit in the same room and work things out to the best of [our] abilities. I think everyone would breathe a great big sigh of relief, but the sad thing is I just don’t see it happening.
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Yeah, we've seen this coming for a while...

Vince Neil: ‘It’s Time’ for Motley Crue to Say Goodbye

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Motley Crue‘s end is in sight. The group started publicly talking about hanging up their guitars for good early last month with Nikki Sixx providing come recent clarification on the group’s decision to call it a day. Now, in a new interview, Vince Neil confirms what many of us already know.

“It’s time, that’s really it,” Vince told the Toronto Sun. “Do you want to go out on top rather than fading away? And that’s it. You know, I’ll continue to sing Motley with my solo band and put out solo records and stuff and Nikki’s got his radio show and [drummer] Tommy [Lee] wants to be a deejay, and so we’ll see what happens.”

Neil’s recent interview doesn’t necessarily share any shocking revelations but he is frank about the reasons why he believes it’s time to quit. With more than 80 million records sold over the course of their career, Neil admits it will be a long goodbye of sorts. He says the group hopes to release a new record next year and will then spend the bulk of 2014 and 2015 on the road.

“We’re going to put out some new music next year and then it’s our farewell tour — we’ll do the world one more time and then call it a day. Our farewell tour (will be like) 2014 or ’15. Tours last about two years. So to finish the world, you’ve got to do the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia…it takes some time.”

Anyone else notice that Vince mentioned HIS solo project but just said that Nikki "has jis radio show"?  No mention of Sixx A.M.  Sounds to me like someone feels a little threatened.....just sayin'
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NASCAR Weekend!!!
Oh baby, it is almost here and my liver is already crying for mercy!!  Big weekend coming up with the NASCAR Truck and Sprint Cup series' coming to town for an adrenaline pumping, action packed weekend!!

I've always loved having Kansas Speedway here in town and have always enjoyed going out on race weekend and watching the races but it used to be that Kansas was just another weekend on the schedule and just another mile and half track on the circuit, but with the reconfiguration of the track last year with new pavement and progressive banking through the corners, it's not just another track on the schedule anymore.  Kansas Speedway is now a beast with a whole new personality....even the TV commentators are pumping it up.  I was watching the race at Texas this past weekend and they mentioned Kansas Speedway more than once (and not just in passing saying that that's where the next race would be....more like how it was going to be a factor!)  About mid-race, this was the exchange between Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Mike Joy in the broadcast booth:

Waltrip:  Kansas ought to be REAL interesting…with the new repave and these cars….I have no IDEA how fast these cars will go around that racetrack
McReynolds:  It’ll put a whole new meaning to fast
Joy:  What’d Kurt Busch say in qualifying..Ludacris speed
McReynolds:  I know the Rousch/Fenway teams tested there a couple of weeks ago…corner entry speed 212 mph

That's what I'm talking about when I say the track has a whole new personality.  Speeds used to average around 165 mph, now they're diving in there at over 200....higher speeds equal more action!

Later in the race, Chris Meyers and Michael Waltip discussed the new track:

Meyers:  New asphalt already with multiple groves in Kansas Michael so how is that going to make a difference in that mile and a half track next Sunday?

Waltrip:  The crew chiefs are going to be challenged, you know, you’re only going to come to pit road ONLY every now and then at Kansas because the tires are going to continue to stick.  The drivers are going to be challenged because of the intense speed…these guys will be going over 205 mph down into the corner for this 400 miler…the multiple groves that they have in the corners, the variable banking means that there’s going to be options for these drivers when they get down into the corner….Kansas, the action is going to pick up for sure

Yeah, not just another track on the schedule anymore folks.  I'M READY!!!!!

Boogity, Boogity, Boggity!!!!
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T-minus one month and counting!!!
 Well folks, we are officially one month away from Rockfest 2013!!  Very strong line-up this year and a good time to be had by all!  Since you're already on this site make sure to check out to check out the Rockfest section and get all your questions answered.  Set times are posted, the autograph booth schedule, a parking map and everything in between.  Don't forget that the ticket price goes up the day of the show so save yourself a good $10 and buy the tickets in advance and we'll see you at the biggest party of the year!!
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