If there’s one thing we learned from our conversation with Phil Anselmo earlier this year, it’s that he’s got a lot of plans for 2018. But as someone that’s always collaborating with multiple artists, it seems like he’s always up for playing with more. In the wake of Kerry King’s wife saying that the Slayer guitarist will continue to play after Slayer retires , in an interview with Revolver, the frontman, during an interview about the new Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals album, said that if King were to want to jam with him, he’s be up for it.
YOUR OLD FRIENDS SLAYER RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THEIR FINAL TOUR. WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON THAT?
[Laughs] Put it this way: There’s a lot of bands that have claimed they’re doing one last tour. It’s called smart business, to a degree. So I’ll believe it if it happens. But when I was a young man, Slayer changed my life — so whatever they decide all I can do is extend my love and admiration for the fellas in the band and wish them the best.
IF THEY REALLY DO CALL IT QUITS, WOULD THAT OPEN THE DOOR FOR YOU AND KERRY KING TO COLLABORATE IN THE FUTURE?
You know, someone shot me an email the other day saying there’s been murmurs online about me and Kerry jamming together. And you know everything you read on the Internet is always a hundred percent true. [Laughs] But the real truth is I haven’t talked to Kerry since Jeff Hanneman passed away. I will say this, though: I’m on the worst side of life expectancy now, so for me to close any doors would be just flat out foolish. [Laughs] If Kerry King wants to do a record and it sounds cool, my door is always open.
Hey, when one door closes, another opens, and King and Anselmo together is a metal match made in heaven. Your move, Kerry.