Zakk Wylde Supports the Idea of a Pantera Reunion


Story by Anne Erickson

Zakk Wylde is the latest musician getting behind the idea of a Pantera reunion

Sure, Vinnie Paul has made it very clear he would not entertain the idea of a Pantera reunion. But since singer Philip Anselmo and bass player Rex Brown don’t seem totally closed to the idea, it’s fun to dream, right?

Guitarist Zakk Wylde, a close friend of the late Dimebag Darrell, is open to the notion of a Pantera reunion. It’s worth noting he’s one of the only guys Pantera fans would be okay with having fill in for Darrell.

During an interview with CKLB FM’s “Do You Know Jack?” radio show, Wylde discussed his recent tour with Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo’s new band, Down, and how the two covered Pantera with bass player Rex Brown on the road.

“It’s definitely a good time (whenever I get to play Pantera songs with Anselmo and Brown),” Wylde said. “I mean, if somebody was to say ‘a reunion,’ I’d go, well, it’s a reunion of Phil, Rex and Vincenzo (drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott). But I’m just saying, for me, it’s just… it’s me going in and honoring and paying tribute (to Dimebag) at the same time.”

He added, “Whenever we’ve gotten together and jammed on the tunes… and Vinnie sometimes is at Black Label gigs and Vinnie has gotten up on drums and jammed a Black Label tune. And between HELLYEAH, we’ve all (played and toured) together. So it’s always a good time whenever we’re all hanging out together. But, like I said, whenever… ‘Cause people always ask me, ‘Is it ever gonna happen?’ You know, that’s all up to the fellows. But I love the guys. I’m just a phone call away.”

Photo by Anne Erickson



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