Last week it was announced that Pantera would be hitting the road in 2023, and that Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde would be playing alongside Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown. During a recent conversation with Matt Pinfield and Jose Mangin (which happened at this past weekend’s Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival), Wylde spoke to his involvement in the upcoming 2023 Pantera shows.
Zakk Wylde talks Pantera tribute shows
“When Vinnie was still alive, when the fellows were all talking about doing it, I just always told ’em, I said, ‘Of course I would… If you asked me, why would I not do it? I’m gonna honor Dime.’ It could be like Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell asking Eric Clapton if he would go out and honor Jimi [Hendrix] and Eric playing Jimi’s stuff and singing Jimi’s songs and they’re going out as the “Jimi Hendrix celebration.” And he’s gonna honor his buddy and he’s gonna play his songs. I think it’s a beautiful thing. It’s like when we do the “Dimebashes,” it’s a celebration of Dime’s greatness. It’s a Pantera celebration — that’s what it is. […] You’re celebrating Vinnie and Dime’s greatness and you’re celebrating all the mountains that Pantera conquered and crushed.”
He makes sure to clarify that Pantera “is those four guys,” referring to the band’s iconic lineup.
“Obviously, it’s not Pantera. Pantera is those four guys — it’s Phil, Rex, Dime, and Vinnie. But it’s just like when [Led] Zeppelin went out with Jason Bonham [son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham] playing, it was phenomenal. I told Jason, I was just, like, ‘Dude, you crushed it, man.’ It’s a great thing just to hear them play that music again.”
Wylde concludes, saying, “I’m beyond honored to be a part of it.”
What do you make of Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante stepping in for guitars and drums, respectively? Are there other musicians you would have preferred to have seen be part of these upcoming shows? You can find the full video interview with Zakk Wylde below, along with other Pantera related stories.