It’s been a rough year for Phil Anselmo, for obvious reasons. His racist outburst at the Dimebash overshadowed the legacy of Pantera’s late guitarist, and also that of his bands and label. And while he’s been keeping a low profile as of late, and cancelled Down’s Summer touring schedule in the wake of his actions. Taking a time-out is probably the best thing he could do, and there’s a long road ahead of him before he’s accepted back in the metal community by many. That being said, the band’s not over yet, especially if you ask guitarist Pepper Keenan. When asked by Metal Wani if more Down was in the cards, Kennan responded:
“Well, I don’t why there wouldn’t be. You know, Down didn’t do anything wrong. I mean, we were just guilty by association on that one. That was Phil‘s mistake. I’ve spoken to Philand told him to get his shit together, and he is. He knows he made a mistake and was being stupid. I’ve known the guy [most of my life]. He’s not what that whole thing framed him to be at all. But, yeah, there’s definitely a future for Down. I wouldn’t throw all the shit we’ve done, beautiful music we’ve done on one stupid moment that was caught on camera, and he apologized for. [So we are] far from done.”
Yeah, it looks like 2016 is going to be a slow one for anything Anselmo-related, though. With Corrosion of Conformity releasing an album this year, and touring behind it, Keenan will have his hands full. And when Anselmo re-emerges from his self-imposed exile, he’ll likely be a man changed. And if he is, even if it’s as a result of being called out on his bullshit, then this could turn out somewhat of a positive.