Zakk Wylde Opens Up About Difficulty Learning Pantera Songs

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The re-formed Pantera has had the opportunity to play a few shows at this point and based on the footage that has been going around, their performances look absolutely incredible.

Sometime after it was announced that Pantera would be touring again, it was announced that Zakk Wylde would be stepping in as the band’s guitarist. For Wylde, while performing as part of Pantera has been an extraordinary experience, he’s also had to learn quite a bit in regard to the band’s music.

Back in November of 2022, Wylde shared that he was learning Pantera’s music by watching YouTube videos; per a more recent interview, he reveals that though he’s gotten more comfortable with the band’s material, he’s had to keep up with his practicing.

During a conversation with Metal Edge, Wylde was asked if he’s had difficulty performing any of Pantera’s songs. Here is everything he had to say about his efforts in learning Pantera’s music:

“I think it’s just like anything; the more you do it, the more comfortable you get with it and everything becomes second nature.

“Obviously, there’s having to learn stuff all the time, it’s just a matter of going over and retaining all of the parts. It’s like, this part it’s only three times, then the next time it comes around it’s four times then, at the very end, it’s only twice.

“It’s just like studying for a test or playing football and having to learn the playbook – you just approach it like that – digest a little bit at a time.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Wylde is asked how he feels about the few shows the band has played so far. He says:

“Put it this way, it was awesome. It was [audiences] singin’ every verse, it was singin’ everything. I mean, not even just the choruses – the verses – and the riffs. It was definitely an awesome experience.”

If you are looking forward to seeing Pantera live, you’ll be happy to know that the band has many upcoming tour dates. You can find those dates below.

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2023 Dates

  • Fri May 20 – Daytona, FL – Welcome to Rockville*
    Thu Jul 13 – Cadott, WI – Rockfest*
    Sat Jul 15 – Mansfield, OH – Inkcarceration*
    Fri Jul 28 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
    Sat Jul 29 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
    Mon Jul 31 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater#
    Wed Aug 02 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
    Fri Aug 04 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium^
    Sat Aug 05 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
    Sun Aug 06 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
    Tue Aug 08 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
    Wed Aug 09 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
    Fri Aug 11 – Montreal, QC – Olympique Stadium^
    Sat Aug 12 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
    Tue Aug 15 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
    Thu Aug 17 – Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    Fri Aug 18 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium^
    Sun Aug 20 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
    Wed Aug 23 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
    Fri Aug 25 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium^
    Sat Aug 26 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
    Tue Aug 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
    Thu Aug 31 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
    Fri Sep 01 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium^
    Sun Sep 03 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma*
    Thu Sep 07 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheater
    Fri Sep 08 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
    Sat Sep 10 – Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival*
    Tue Sep 12 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
    Thu Sep 14 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
    Fri Sep 15 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
    Sat Sep 23 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life*
    Sat Oct 07 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock*
    Fri Nov 03 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center^
    Fri Nov 10 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field^

2024 Dates

  • Fri Aug 02 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium^
    Fri Aug 09 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field^
    Fri Aug 16 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium^
    Fri Aug 23 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium^
    Fri Aug 30 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field^