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Zakk Wylde said he would be honored to join PANTERA when they reunite

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Zakk Wylde, who is best known as the guitarist for BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and OZZY OSBOURNE‘s solo band, revealed in a recent interview that he be “beyond honored” to partake in a PANTERA reunion by filling in for the band’s late guitarist and his friend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, who was shot in 2004.

Here’s what he had to say:

I’m friends with all the [former Pantera members]. Phil [Anselmo, former Pantera singer] 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. 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 [former Pantera drummer and Dimebag’s brother, Vinnie Paul Abbott] and this and that. So I said, Dude, just pour your heart out and talk to him.

It’s up to the guys [if they ever want to play together 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.


Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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