When Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals went on tour last summer, they picked up an extra guitarist to perform a song with them at a show in Tulsa, OK. Through the Make-A-Wish foundation, a young metalhead named Peyton got the chance to get up onstage and play the Pantera classic “Walk” with the band. Unfortunately, sad news regarding Peyton has been reported via Phil Anselmo’s Facebook page:
ON BEHALF OF PHILIP H. ANSELMO AND THE ILLEGALS And HOUSECORE RECORDS:
“Dammit… this one hurts deep. There’s been moments in my life that have been so extraordinarily positive, uplifting and unique, and I feel very lucky to be able to write those words. However, one of the most uplifting experiences had to have been meeting and jamming with Peyton. He was the bravest kid in the entire room when myself and The Illegals met him at our first gig ever in Oklahoma. I was led to believe he was frail, weak and highly-guarded before we met, but he was anything but that deceptive description. He commanded the entire stage at soundcheck, he shredded on the axe, and completely blew us all away collectively with his quick wit, skills and charm. And when it was his turn to get up onstage come gig-time, he laid into that guitar with as much passion as most pros in the Heavy Metal biz today. He will always be in our hearts. RIP little brother Peyton. You put love into our hearts. Our condolences go out to his brave family and friends everywhere.
With all my heart on behalf of many-
Philip H. Anselmo”
If you didn’t catch Peyton’s solid rendition of “Walk”, check it out in the video below: