Lots of folks have either been chiming in or asked their opinion on the upcoming 2023 Pantera shows, including that of ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. ACCEPT is a German heavy metal band that has been active since the ’70s, with some minor breaks in their career taking place there and then.
During a recent conversation with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF radio station, Hoffmann is asked about his thoughts regarding the upcoming shows; specifically, he is asked how he feels about surviving band members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown touring under the name “Pantera”? Per Hoffmann, he shares the following:
“I don’t know. Who am I to talk? I’m the last original guy in my band, so I shouldn’t [chime in]. I guess… It’s a big world, and if they wanna do it that way, it’s fine by me.”
The interviewer then brings up how both Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell have passed away. The ACCEPT guitarist replies with the following: What’s the harm? It’s just music, and if people like the music and like the concerts, is it really so important?
“At the end of the day, it’s all about the pull that the name has, I guess. If they were to call it something else, then maybe it would sell less tickets. So that’s the motivating factor. I don’t think anybody means any harm by anything. I think they’re just doing it to sell more tickets and to get more publicity that way, and that’s, I guess in a way legit.”
To Hoffmann’s point about “If they were to call it something else, then maybe it would sell less tickets” – ex-Cannibal Corpse singer Chris Barnes recently shared that he feels the upcoming shows are a “cash grab.” Justin Hawkins, the singer of The Darkness, feels conflicted about these shows, while Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows thinks they are ultimately a good thing. Back in 2018, ex-Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler actually talked to Vinnie Paul about a Pantera reunion, and he shared with Vinnie, “Please don’t. It isn’t right.”
Will you be attending the 2023 Pantera shows? Below you can find the full video interview involving ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann.