Philip Anselmo Talks Possible Pantera Reunion, Performs With Zakk Wylde and Rex Brown
In the past few years, there’s been talk — and just talk — of a possible Pantera reunion with Zakk Wylde filling the spot left by the late Dimebag Darrell. In a new interview, vocalist Philip Anselmo reiterates that the idea is still very intriguing to him, and that he continues to discuss the possibility with Wylde.
Anselmo’s band Down are currently opening for Wylde’s Black Label Society, and Anselmo has been jamming the Pantera classic ‘I’m Broken’ with BLS at several stops. In fact, at the recent Dallas stop, Pantera bassist Rex Brown joined in for a performance of the song (watch below), essentially making up three-quarters of what would be the proposed Pantera lineup if they were to reunite.
In a new interview with Matt Pinfield of Fanpass at Rock on the Range (watch above), Anselmo responded to the reunion question as follows, “At the end of the day, there would have to be a meeting at a table — or without a table — between Rex, Vince [Vinnie Paul] and I, and there would have to be a big-time understanding between the two of us [Vinnie and Philip] before anything happens at all. Otherwise I think … There is a great percentage of me that says, ‘This generation deserves it. Let’s do it.’ And then there’s a reservation in me that says, ‘You know what, man? Legacies get passed down. This, that, the other. Maybe we should leave it alone and just let it be part of lore and the history and whatnot.'”
He adds, “If there was ever a proper presentation, like, OK, Pantera is back together, Zakk’s on guitar, that would be a massive feeling. That would be outrageous. And I would go to war. I would be in the best shape possible.”
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