While yours truly was interviewing former Pantera singer Phil Anselmo for the Songfacts site (on thi), the subject of his favorite all-time songwriters came up, which Morrissey was one of several selections. The conversation then took the following turn:
Songfacts: I was surprised to learn you are a fan of The Smiths.
Phil: I adore them. Brutally honest band. Tongue-in-cheek humor, dark humor. Excellent musicianship, excellent songs.
And really, Morrissey is a phenom. It’s like, “Where did this guy come from?” And, “Did he always just have this crooning talent?” It’s pretty magical, if you ask me.
Songfacts: Have you ever met Morrissey?
Phil: No. This past time in New Orleans, a couple of weeks back, he played here. Somebody knew somebody who knew somebody, and word got back to me. I guess the kind way to put it was, “I would be slightly disappointed were I to meet him.” It would be like meeting David Lee Roth and having him dick you off or something. Nobody wants that – to have their idols be in a bad mood. And I’m not saying that would be the case, but if you hear that “Morrissey is not receiving company this evening, and won’t be,” then that’s all you need to hear. So no, I haven’t met him.
In addition to admiring the music of the Smiths and Morrissey, Anselmo feels equally as strongly about obscure horror movies, and from November 13-15, 2015, the third edition of his Housecore Horror Festival will take place at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. Find out more info about the festival here, and read the rest of the interview here.