Zakk Wylde Still Talking About Pantera Reunion

Zakk Wylde

No one wants Pantera to reunite more than Zakk Wylde.

If they were to, then Zakk would likely have another decent gig — as the stand-in for someone unstand-inable.

“I’m friends with all the [former Pantera members],” Zakk says in a new interview at PureGrainAudio.

Phil [Anselmo] called me up when they did that ‘Metal Masters’ thing. [A guy] who does security with us, he came over and said, ‘Phil just wanted to say ‘Hey.’ He wanted to give you a call.’ So I said, ‘Yeah, tell Phil to call me whenever he wants.’”

Of course.

“So I got on the phone with Phil and I was just shooting the shit with him. He goes, ‘Zakk, everyone thinks there’s a rift [between us].’ I said, ‘Phil, I get along with everybody.’ He said, ‘I wish I could talk with Vin[nie Paul Abbott]‘ and this and that. So I said, ‘Dude, just pour your heart out and talk to him.’”

Zakk says it’s up to Pantera’s surviving members whether the band ever plays again.

“Put it this way: If they were, like, ‘We’re gonna do this’ and they asked me to play Dime’s guitar parts, I’d be honored. I was a pallbearer for him, so he was my brother, man. And I know if he was on the side of the stage watching me play, he’d be laughing his balls off — that’s just a fact. He’d go, ‘Hey, jackass, you missed a couple of notes over here. You botched this one up,’ or whatever. He’d love every second of it. But, of course, I’d be beyond honored to do that; why wouldn’t I? But that’s a call the guys [have to] make.”

I know Zakk and Dime were close, so it makes sense.

Still, a huge part of me thinks Pantera died with Dime, and reviving the band — even with a string of amazing guitarists joining the guys on stage, each one playing a different track — would just tarnish Dime’s legacy and that of Pantera.

What do you folks think?

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