Phillip H. Anselmo and The Illegals – Harpo’s Concert Theatre, Detroit, MI – November 13th, 2019

Phillip H. Anselmo and the Illegals came to Detroit to pay tribute to Pantera and the legacy of Dimebag Darrell Abbott and Vinnie Paul Abbott.

Before the start, Anselmo let it be known that this was a tribute to the brothers’ Abbott and to the music they all created together. The band came out with Pantera’s “Mouth For War” and followed into the smash hit “Becoming”. For the outro of the song the band kicked into the rare “Throes Of Rejection”. The sold out crowd was going absolutely nuts and singing along to every word.

By the time the band started the song “Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit”, you could barely move in the venue. The crowd was at times louder than Anselmo.

I’ve seen Pantera live several times. This was a well done tribute. This was the first time I’ve seen Anselmo perform sober and it was easily the best vocal performance I’ve seen from him in person.

Local Detroit singer Kyle “Gumby” Gunther of Battlecross was brought out to help sing “Fucking Hostile”. Needless to say, the mosh pit was alive and well as hits like “Strength Beyond Strength and Goddamn Electric” were played.

The night ended with both “A New Level”, a song about equality and “Sandblasted Skin” (Reprise).

Heavy metal is alive and well in Detroit thanks to Phil Anselmo and Harpo’s Owner Ruzvelt Stevanovski and his tireless efforts to restore the glory the Legendary Harpo’s once had. The efforts are very noticable and welcomed by the metal community.

 

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