Phil Anselmo open to collaborating with Zakk Wylde on Dimebag tribute

Phil Anselmo

Phil Anselmo has said that he would definitely be open to collaborating with Zakk Wylde on a tribute to Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell.

It follows Wylde’s comments last year that he would like to fill in for Dimebag in a Pantera reunion in order to honour his friend.

Speaking to Artisan News, Anselmo said: ““If Zakk and I ever collaborated, if we wanted to write an homage to Dimebag together, that would be one thing and I would definitely be up for that. But not for his death, I would prefer to write a song that celebrated his life.

“I don’t think there’s any tribute in his death. I find it to be a more morose time of year for me.”

Dimebag was shot and killed while onstage with his band, Damageplan, in Columbus, Ohio, in December 2004.

Zakk Wylde’s band, Black Label Society, and Phil Anelmo’s band, Down, are currently on tour together in the USA. Anselmo joined Wylde on stage last week to sing a cover version of Pantera’s “I’m Broken”, from 1994’s Far Beyond Driven album.

Far Beyond Driven was recently remastered and re-released to coincide with it’s 20th anniversary.

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Doctor acquitted of Slipknot bassist’s death

Paul Gray Slipknot
Photo Credit: Des Moines Register

Dr. Daniel Baldi has been acquitted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, including one charge involving the death of Slipknot bassist, Paul Gray.

Rolling Stone reports, via The Des Moines Register, that the jury deliberated for two days at the close of the trial, eventually deciding that the prosecution had failed to prove that Baldi had acted recklessly, or prescribed drugs that knowingly lead to his patients’ deaths.

Paul Gray’s widow, Brenna, was a witness at the trial in April, and claimed that Baldi continued to prescribe Xanax to her husband while knowing that Gray had a history of abusing it. She also said that Baldi reduced Gray’s Xanax dosage in the months leading up to his death of an overdose of morphine and fentanyl in May 2010.

Since the bassist’s death, members of Slipknot have worked on solo albums, but have not recorded another album as a band. It was announced in February, however, that the remaining members have entered the studio to record together.

Frontman Corey Taylor says of the new material: “I can say that, to me – and this is only my opinion – it’s a cross between [2001’s] Iowa and [2004’s] Volume 3, but that’s honestly just scratching the surface. I think the fans are going to be very, very excited when they hear this stuff.”

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Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies aged 61

Bob CasaleDevo Guitarist Bob Casale has died. He was 61 years old.

Gerald Casale broke the news via the band’s Facebook page.

“As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning… He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.”

RIP Bob.

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Philip Chevron, Pogues guitarist, dies

Philip Chevron of The PoguesPhil Chevron, guitarist with the Pogues, has died at the age of 56.

A post on the band’s website reads: “”After a long illness Philip passed away peacefully this morning [October 8]. We all send our sincere condolences to his family.”

Chevron had been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer since being diagnosed in 2007. Despite being given an all-clear in 2008, in May 2013, it was announced that the cancer had returned.

He met Shane MacGowan in 1981 and was invited to tour with the Pogues in 1984 as a replacement for Jem Finer. He became a full time member of the band prior to the recording of their second album, Rum, Sodomy and The Lash.

Author Joseph O’Connor recently said of Chevron: “Philip Chevron is one of the greatest Irish songwriters of all time, certainly the best of my generation, an artist of a unique and absolutely compelling sensibility. To any Irish person of my age who loves music, Philip is nothing less than a hero.”