ZAKK WYLDE On Hypothetical PANTERA ‘Reunion’: ‘I’m Just A Phone Call Away’
Zakk Wylde recently did an interview with Jack Antonio (CKLB-FM) and was once again asked about the possibility of a hypothetical PANTERA reunion with Zakk filling in for the late “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on guitar.
Zakk said: “It’s definitely a good time [whenever I get to play PANTERA songs with former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown].” He continued: “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.”
Wylde 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 [toured and played] 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. [And] I’m just a phone call away.”
Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott spoke to Brazil’s “Wikimetal” about the persistent talk of a hypothetical PANTERA reunion featuring Wylde on guitar. He said: “The bottom is they call it a reunion, and that means to bring the original members back, and we can’t bring Dime back, and he was such a huge part of PANTERA. I don’t wanna damage or tarnish the legacy of him or the band. We had 14 amazing years together and it’s time for everybody to move on. And I have definitely moved on in my life. I don’t live in the past. I like to live for today and what’s coming up tomorrow, and I love what we’re doing with HELLYEAH. And that’s my focus and that’s my goal, man.”