Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Present “Choosing Mental Illness” Official New Video – WATCH NOW!

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Present "Choosing Mental Illness" Official New Video - WATCH NOW!

July 31, 2018 at 2:20 pm


PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS Are Pleased to Present “Choosing Mental Illness” Video Starring Michael St. Michaels

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals in 2014 at Trees | Dallas, TX | Photo Credit James Villa Photography

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, in cooperation with Loudwire, are pleased to unveil the official new video for “Choosing Mental Illness” from their Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue full-length released earlier this year via Anselmo’s own Housecore Records. Directed by Katherine Richardson-Anselmo with director of photography Mike Holderbeast and starring Michael St. Michaels (The Greasy Strangler), the six-plus-minute clip pays tribute to Milos Forman’s 1975 drama, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue is out now on CD, vinyl, and digital formats in North America via Housecore Records. Order bundles are currently available via the Housecore Store at THIS LOCATION. For digital orders, go HERE. If you haven’t checked out the review, follow this link to read it.
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
Issues Anselmo, “This video is based on one of my favorite films about the harshness of mental illness. Being up close and personal with the struggle, I often feel like R. P. McMurphy, who I play in the clip.”
“I’ve had a lot of questions about the LP title, Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue and song title, ‘Choosing Mental Illness,'” he continues, “but make no mistake, I take mental illness very seriously, especially because it often goes untreated. We’ve taken some extra steps at the end of the video with information that you or someone close to you might need.
“On a lighter note, it’s always a blast to do creative things like the video with my band, crew, and family. Bringing Michael St. Michaels into the fold was like having your favorite wacky uncle over for the holidays! He did a great job as our version of Nurse Ratched and he’s an absolutely lovable and talented guy…go see The Greasy Strangler!” Read the interview from earlier this year of Philp with Cherri here.

Fall Tour Dates Announced – See All Cities Below

Select tour stops will include onsite mental health support from the Veterans Crisis Line, The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Additional information on this and other non-profits will be announced in the coming weeks.

9/06/2018 Santos – New Orleans, LA [tickets]
9/07/2018 Rock Box – San Antonio, TX [tickets]
9/08/2018 Trees – Dallas, TX [tickets]
9/09/2018 Scout Bar – Houston, TX [tickets]
9/11/2018 The Concourse – Knoxville, TN [tickets]
9/12/2018 The Firmament – Greenville, SC [tickets]
9/14/2018 The Capitol Room @ HMAC – Harrisburg, PA [tickets]
9/15/2018 Fete Music Hall – Providence, RI [tickets]
9/16/2018 Mulcahy’s – Wantagh, NY [tickets]
9/18/2018 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY [tickets]
9/20/2018 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY [tickets]
9/21/2018 Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN [tickets]
9/22/2018 The Blue Note – Harrison, OH
9/23/2018 Diamond’s Pub Concert Hall – Louisville, KY [tickets]
9/25/2018 Green Bay Distillery – Green Bay, WI [tickets]
9/27/2018 The Forge – Joliet, IL [tickets]
9/28/2018 Berserker Fest @ The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI [tickets]
9/29/2018 Pop’s – Sauget, IL [tickets]
9/30/2018 George’s Majestic – Fayetteville, AR [tickets]

If you’re in a crisis now please dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to speak with someone now.

WATCH OMV (Official Music Video): “Choosing Mental Illness” 

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Mental Health Is Not A Virtue
  • Mental illness affects everyone regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.
  • 43.8 million adults experience mental illness in a given year
  • 1 in every 5 adults in America experiences a mental illness
  • Nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness
  • One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by the age of 24
  • If you or someone you know is suffering from mental illness, please find help.

The above statistics and more information about mental health can be found on

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