The other day, Pantera announced their first few shows (with the band being part of Knotfest: South America); they’ll also be playing at Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Fest. Via the band’s social media accounts, a hype video was also released, with the band sharing in part that these shows are meant to honor the late Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul.
And in honoring the lives of the Abbot brothers, the band are bringing along that of Dimebag’s guitar tech, Grady Champion. Not only is Grady going to be part of these Pantera shows, but Zakk Wylde, who is standing in as guitarist for Pantera, will be utilizing some of Dimebag’s old gear.
Grady spoke about his involvement regarding these upcoming shows via his Instagram post. You can find everything he had to say below.
“Ok. For all the people i’ve ghosted, and anyone else who is interested. I’m doing a thing. I signed on for the Pantera tour. @dimebagzhag has allowed me access to some of Dime’s gear and i’m bringing it for Zakk. I’m not his tech, he has a bad ass, long-time one. The plan for now is for me to run effects and help bring Dime’s tone to the party. The details of the rig and stuff are still to be worked out yet.
“I started with Pantera and I will end with Pantera. I didn’t know the ‘right’ thing to think, to say, to do. When I saw the headline like everyone else, I threw up, sweaty palms, heart was freaking out, I had seen that headline 1000 times in my nightmares. After it sunk in and I spoke to everyone, I felt like I would be crazy to turn my nose up and say f that. I need to be involved IF I am needed, turns out I am needed, and i’m fkn doing it.
“Thanks to my family, @bossladychampion Garrett Champion Landon Champion for understanding and LETTING me do this for me, for the cause, for my fallen brothers. I wouldn’t be ANYwhere in life if it hadn’t been for Dime and his belief in me. So I HAVE to go represent.
“Anyways, not too good with words, but heart is on the sleeve here. Anyone that brings up ‘money grab’ has no concept of reality. How much it takes from people to do this. More dedication that you’ll ever see, tears, all of it. If you want to hate, don’t go, I don’t want to hear it.If you want a Pantera experience, this is it. We’re giving it hell, and going to give it all there is to give. Philip, Rex Brown, Zakk and Char Benante are going to bring it. Stronger than all”
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