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Pantera was unfairly vilified in the press due to Anselmo’s frequent skinhead-esque look, their pride in being from the south and the frequent use of rebel flag imagery. Good ‘ol boys from Texas? Sure. But racists? No. A number of Anselmo’s lyrics to Pantera’s songs dealt with anti-racism/pro-humanity themes and the rejection of the views of generations past that were taught to hate one another by their forefathers. The first time I saw Pantera live they had both Rocky George of Suicidal Tendencies and Doug Pinnick of King’s X get onstage to jam with them, as they admired both of those bands (who incidentally, both happened to be multicultural/mixed race bands). For that matter, Pantera also openly worshipped Rob Halford and often referred to him as “god”. So no, as much as the press liked to cause controversy by painting Pantera out to be a bunch of white power gay bashing rednecks, that was simply never the case.
For a great cover of Albert King’s “Born Under A Bad Sign” featuring Dimebag and King’s X’s Doug Pinnick, check this out….it’s pretty damn awesome for a bunch of “racist assholes”.