Why Phil Anselmo Didn’t Attend Dimebag Darrell’s Funeral


As the founder of Pantera and Damageplan, Dimebag Darrell is known as one of the most influential guitarists. Pantera started their music career as a glam metal band, wanted to create a heavier sound, and hired Phil Anselmo in 1987. After Anselmo joined the band, they released ‘Power Metal’ in 1988. Later on, the band introduced the groove metal genre with the 1990 album entitled ‘Cowboys From Hell.’ Pantera was nominated for Grammy Awards four times during their career.

However, some conflicts occurred between Dimebag and Anselmo because of Anselmo’s heroin addiction. According to Dimebag, Phil did not focus on the band’s musical career. In 2003, Dimebag and Vinnie Paul formed Damageplan to continue their career separately. When the band was on tour promoting its debut album ‘New Found Power’ in 2004, the rock music scene drowned in sadness as a fan murdered Dimebag on the stage. While many notable names attended Dimebag’s funeral, Anselmo was not there.

The Reason Phil Anselmo Didn’t Join Dimebag Darrell’s Funeral


When Phil Anselmo started to have back pains, the doctors recommended surgery. However, because the recovery process would be long, he did not want to stay away from Pantera. He began to use heroin as a painkiller at that time. Anselmo’s addiction caused conflicts between the band members. Especially Dimebag thought that his addiction was at the level of badly affecting Pantera’s music career.

When the band members separated their ways, Phil said unpleasant words about Dimebag in the interviews before Dimebag’s death. Anselmo was so angry with Darrell that he said he deserved to be beaten physically.

Anselmo said:

“He would attack me vocally. And just knowing that he was so much smaller than me, I could kill him like a fuckin’ piece of vapor, you know, he would turn into vapor — his chin would, at least, if I fuckin’ smacked it. And he knows that. The world should know that. So physically, of course, he deserves to be beaten severely.”

These unpleasant words affected both Dimebag and his family. That is why after the death of Darrell, his family did not want Phil Anselmo to attend the funeral even though Anselmo expressed his sadness about his bandmate’s sudden death. In a previous interview with Billboard, he stated that he loves Dimebag Darrell like a brother. He offered his condolences to Dimebag’s family and friends.

Anselmo expressed his sadness in his words:

“I love Dimebag Darrell because there was not one motherf***er like him. I love him like a brother loves a brother.”

Anselmo explained that he did not attend the funeral because Dimebag’s family did not want him there. Although he respected the family’s request, he was very sad not to make a proper farewell to Darrell. The musician finished his words by saying that he was supposed to be there; however, he had to respect the family’s request.

Anselmo added in the same interview:

“I never got a chance to say goodbye in the right way, and it kills me. I wish to God I could’ve gone to his funeral, but I have to respect his family’s wishes, and they do not want me there. I believe I belong there, but I understand completely.”

Anselmo expressed his sadness about Dimebag and the unpleasant words he used in the past many times. He wished to make a proper farewell to his band member; however, Dimebag’s family did not want him to be there. Although Anselmo was very sad about the family’s decision, he respected them and did not attend the funeral.