Philip Anselmo has commented on SLAYER 's decision to embark on a "farewell" tour, calling it a "smart business" move.
Last week, SLAYER , one of metal's most popular and influential bands of the past four decades, announced its "final world tour" via a 30-second video. The group also confirmed that its last-ever North American run of dates would feature support from LAMB OF GOD , ANTHRAX , BEHEMOTH and TESTAMENT .
Asked in a new interview with Revolver for his take on SLAYER 's announcement, Anselmo laughed and said: "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."
Anselmo was also asked if he would consider collaborating with guitarist Kerry King on a future project once SLAYER was done touring. "You know, someone shot me an e-mail the other day saying there's been murmurs online about me and Kerry jamming together," Philip responded. "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."
SLAYER will kick off the first leg of its farewell world tour with a May 10 concert at San Diego's Valley View Casino Center, with dates running through June 20 at Austin's 360 Amphitheatre.
Philip 's solo project, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS , has just released its sophomore album, "Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue" , via Anselmo 's Housecore Records in the U.S. and Season Of Mist in other parts of the world. The disc is the follow-up to PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS ' debut, "Walk Through Exits Only" , which came out in 2013 to mostly positive reviews.