Philip H Anselmo & The Illegals "WALK" Video
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, the project led by the former Pantera frontman, performed the Pantera classic "Walk" on November 13 at the Backstage Bar And Billiards in downtown Las Vegas.
In an interview with Rock 100.5 KATT radio station, Anselmo said "That's really a tribute to Vince (Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott) passing and Dime (Pantera guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott) always, and just my time with Pantera, man,"
"If there's ever a true blessing in this world, for me, it is Pantera — incredible band, incredible time, incredible people," he continued. "And the love I see from people, the sheer joy that I see pouring out of people when we play those songs, it makes me… I don't wanna say 'choke up,' really, but it takes me aback. And sometimes I have to sit for a second and just accept that it is that way. It's emotional for people; it's big… It's blinding sometimes. It's crazy."
Vinnie Paul and Dimebag co-founded Pantera. After Pantera broke up in 2003, they formed Damageplan. On December 8, 2004, while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by a schizophrenic who believed that the members of Pantera were stealing his thoughts.
Vinnie indirectly blamed his brothers Dimebag’s death on Anselmo, and remained on non-speaking terms with him till his death this past June.
Anselmo still finds it difficult to accept that his former bandmates are gone. "There's always gonna be that… especially when it comes to Dimebag, I'll never understand that; I can't wrap my head around that," he told Rock 100.5 The KATT. "So there's always some anger and plenty of sadness right there. But to play these songs again and just to see the love out of people is just overwhelming, man. It's awesome."
Vinnie Paul died of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease on June 22, 2018.
Vinnie was buried on June 30 next to his brother and their mother, Carolyn, at Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas.