Philip Anselmo (DOWN, PANTERA, ARSON ANTHEM, SUPERJOINT RITUAL) and legendary BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN HELL bassist Geezer Butler made special guest appearances at the third installment of Samson‘s “Metal Masters” series, which was held on April 12 at the Key Club on the famed Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California.
Anselmo joined David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER), Frank Bello (ANTHRAX), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Kerry King (SLAYER) and Chris Broderick (MEGADETH) to perform SLAYER‘s “Raining Blood” and “Angel Of Death” as well as the PANTERA classics “A New Level”, “Mouth For War”, “Walk” and “This Love”. Butler then got up on stage with all the other musicians to close out the night with a cover of BLACK SABBATH‘s “Hole In The Sky” — complete with Anselmo on lead vocals.
Speaking to the Artisan News, Ellefson said about Anselmo‘s involvement with the event, “It was kind of a way to revisit the past in a way that was friendly for him. Obviously, there is a long past there with PANTERA and with everything, and we’re all friends with all the guys in the band. So it was a nice time to, I think, maybe offer something for him that was held in high celebration and to be able to come out and sing those songs. We’re all fans of those songs.”
He added, “It’s funny — PANTERA kind of came up the ranks behind all of us, but they were so powerful and had such an impact, and their music was just great — the riffing, and [late PANTERA guitarist] Dime‘s guitar playing and the drumming; everything about it was just so powerful — that we became fans of it. So it’s kind of cool that something that followed us actually ended up kind of in front us at one point.”
Professionally filmed video footage of the drum-off featuring Benante, Lombardo and Portnoy, and highlights from the rest of the “Metal Masters 3″ clinic can be seen below.