PHILIP ANSELMO: If DOWN Was To Take Over PANTERA, I'd Say It Was Damn Worth It

March 9, 2002

During a recent interview with Britain's Kerrang! magazine, PANTERA/DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo once again commented on the possibility of DOWN “overtaking” his main band, thus causing a shift in the singer's priorities. In the issue dated March 9th, 2002 featuring Anselmo on the cover, Philip states the following:

“I don't wanna make anybody mad that I've ever played music with before because I have nothing but respect for them, but this particular DOWN record was one of the most fulfilling things I've ever done in my life, man.

“You have to admit that when I'm in PANTERA, I have to take on a f.cking role, y'know? I have to be very aggressive. And it's a part of me, but I'm not 22 anymore. I'm not in bar rooms fighting or doing any of that sh.t. DOWN is about songs and what the songs sound like. It's not about how much you can get up on stage and jump around. There ain't nobody playing this kinda sh.t right now and I'm freaking out on it unlike I've ever freaked on any other f.cking record. I can't listen to it enough without it trapping me.

“We'll take things one step at a time. But if this was to take over the other bands,, I'd say it was damn worth it.”

In other news, DOWN have added further dates to their upcoming US tour in support of the upcoming Down II CD, due on March 26th through Elektra Records. The updated itinerary now looks like this:

May 01 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
May 02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 03 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 05 - Cleveland, OH @ The Odeon
May 06 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
May 07 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
May 09 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 10 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
May 11 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 13 - Minneapolis, MN Quest Club
May 15 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
May 17 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
May 18 - W. Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
May 19 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
May 21 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Cajun House
May 24 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
May 25 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Live

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