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.