Young Cancer-Striken Fan who Jammed with Phil Anselmo Last Year Passes Away
Last year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted a wish for a young Pantera fan named Peyton, who wanted to get onstage and shred to the Pantera classic “Walk” with frontman Phil Anselmo. One night in Tulsa, his dream came true while Anselmo was out on his solo tour with The Illegals, and the performance made headlines.
Today it was announced that the fan, Peyton Arens, has passed away.
Anselmo released the following statement:
"Dammit…this one hurts deep. There's been moments in my life that have been so extraordinarily positive, uplifting and unique, and I feel very lucky to be able to write those words. However, one of the most uplifting experiences had to have been meeting and jamming with Peyton. He was the bravest kid in the entire room when myself and The Illegals met him at our first gig ever in Oklahoma. I was led to believe he was frail, weak and highly-guarded before we met, but he was anything but that deceptive description. He commanded the entire stage at soundcheck, he shredded on the axe, and completely blew us all away collectively with his quick wit, skills and charm. And when it was his turn to get up onstage come gig-time, he laid into that guitar with as much passion as most pros in the Heavy Metal biz today. He will always be in our hearts. RIP little brother Peyton. You put love into our hearts. Our condolences go out to his brave family and friends everywhere. With all my heart on behalf of many."
R.I.P. Peyton Arens.
Watch him play with Anselmo below.