Anselmo Mourns Dimebag

Ex-bandmate vows to retreat from spotlight after guitarist's death

December 16, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Phil Anselmo broke his silence about the death of his former Pantera bandmate "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott with a videotaped statement released to the media this week. Abbott and three others were killed when a gunman charged the stage and opened fire on December 8th at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, Ohio, just after Abbott's band Damageplan began playing.

"I love him like a brother loves a brother," Anselmo said. "I'm so sorry to his family and everyone else who was senselessly killed in Columbus, Ohio."

In deference to the wishes of Abbott's family, Anselmo did not attend the guitarist's funeral in Dallas on Tuesday. The two had feuded in the press since Pantera's acrimonious split in 2003, with Anselmo recently telling Metal Hammer magazine that Abbott "deserves to be beaten severely," and "I could kill him like a fuckin' piece of vapor."

Anselmo -- who has been fronting his own band, Superjoint Ritual -- sounded contrite in his current statement, saying, "I never got a chance to say goodbye in the right way, and it kills me, and I'm so sorry. This has changed the entire world, and this is the last you'll be seeing of me for a long time."

Anselmo's Web site is currently black.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

More Song Stories entries »