Sometime last year, we were talking about Phil Anselmo releasing his autobiography in early 2015. Seeing as early 2015 has come and gone and we don't have the book, we're led to believe that Anselmo is either still working on it or he's just canning the entire project. Spoiler- it's the latter!
Anselmo recently told MetalSucks that he thinks writing an autobiography is a step backward and now just isn't the right time for him to do it.
“You know what? Here’s my take on it… After reading Rex‘s book and then all that’s been said and whatnot about Pantera, I don’t wanna do it right now.
I’m 47 years old. I think I’m pretty open with the press these days; I ain’t got shit to fucking hide, and I tell my side of the story. And it’s, like, I’m an open book as it is—you could ask me fucking anything, and I’ll tell you the fucking truth. And that’s about that. And as far as my private life goes, my private thoughts, and this and that, I’m not so goddamn sure that I want the rest of the world knowing all my goddamn business. It’s, like, there’s gotta be some limit or line there.
So, with Corey—rest in peace and bless his heart—we’re gonna continue on with the horror festival in his honor, because he was the hardest worker and… he was a tremendous believer in the horror fest. So, really, out of our union and supposed work and the book and whatnot, really, it was the horror fest that came out the truest and to be the most real and in-common thing that we had with each other: the love of horror films and extreme music. I think that was a lot more fun for him to do than any of the bullshit we did with the book. We didn’t even get past… barely past puberty as far as talking about the fucking book.
So, like I say, man, I don’t wanna do it, but maybe somewhere down the line, hopefully, thirty years from now, if I’m that fucking lucky, or if I’m on my deathbed, then fuck it, I’ll speak and spout it out and tell everybody what the fuck and whatever. But right now, I’m not real interested in doing that. I’m more interested in writing new music and producing bands and moving forward.
It feels like doing a book is going backwards constantly—backwards, backwards, backwards—and it just doesn’t feel noble, it doesn’t feel right, it doesn’t feel true to me. What feels true to me is moving forward in life and doing different shit and doing creative shit and being the best asshole I can be moving forward, you know. Fuck it.”
Makes sense Phil doesn't seem like the type of guy that's always looking back and never looking forward. So we'll get that book when we get it, if we ever get it! In the meantime, Anselmo has a million projects going, including Superjoint Ritual and a mystery project.