By Gus Samarco, Rock At Night Raleigh, North Carolina
I, of course, have been a huge Pantera fan since the 90’s, but I became a Philip Anselmo fan the day I photographed my very first show in 2014, on that occasion with Down. Philip treated me like I was Ross Halfin, introduced me to the crowd, and gave me a memorable experience that I will never forget.
This time in Raleigh, Philip was back with The Illegals on their tour in support of Slayer’s “The Final Campaign”. Call me biased, but Philip is a heck of a rockstar. It’s not just the powerful voice after all those years, it is also his flocking’ charisma that makes him Philip H. Anselmo, this time, with the flipping’ Illegals bringing some of the best 90’s style metal to Raleigh.
I got really flipping’ excited as Phil Anselmo hit the stage. What a driving force behind American Metal, the man is a legend. As he walked into the stage, Phil announced, “This set is in memory of Dimebag” and brought the house down with that.
Let me tell you, Phil Anselmo still has a lot to give to Metal and the fans. The man really imposes himself as one of the greatest voices of American Metal!
If you ask me, I’d say Phillip H Anselmo is singing like the Metal frontman he is and Pantera should make a comeback… but then, nobody asked, unfortunately.
Gus was Born and raised in Brasilia, Brazil but have been living in Raleigh, NC since 2000.
Headshot Photographer under Peter Hurley, Gus started shooting concerts in mid 2014 and felt in love with it and hasn’t stopped since.
Gus is a very active fiction book reader and when he’s not working, taking pictures or sleeping, Gus loves riding his Mountain Bike and can also be found shooting (guns and cameras) USPS and 3Gun matches.
His favorite bands are Metallica, Pearl Jam, Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Pantera, RATM, Beastie Boys and it goes from there. Gus also enjoy listening to EDM, Jazz, Classic and pretty much anything that has good music quality, not to mention his favorite Local Band, Jack the Radio