During a conversation on Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, Corey Taylor spoke to his feelings regarding the Pantera concerts. While Taylor isn’t sure if these upcoming shows will “work” or not, he does think they will be done out of respect. He also says that Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante are great choices as stand-in guitarist and drummer, respectively. Here is everything Corey Taylor had to say (the following was transcribed by Blabbermouth):
“I know everybody in the [current Pantera] band; I knew everybody in the prior band. So it’s interesting. I know there’s a lot of debate about it. All I’m going to say is that I’m stoked to see these songs played live. I’m stoked to see it done with respect.
“Whether anybody wants to admit that or not, these fans online, they wanna admit this or not, you’re talking about two dudes [Charlie and Zakk] who not only knew the brothers from years ago, knew them before Pantera was even a thing. They were friends with those guys from when Pantera was still playing clubs, and they would go and hang out with them when those respective bands would go and play Dallas; they would go and hang out with those dudes. So then when Pantera becomes massive, lo and behold they’re touring with their friends, man.
“You can’t get a better drummer than Charlie, you can’t get a better guitar player than Zakk to step into those shoes. Is it going to work? I don’t know. But to say that it’s not the right thing — first of all, it’s for anybody else to say except for Phil and Rex, because those guys, they were in the band. So let’s just give them the benefit of the doubt and let’s see what happens.”