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Phil Anselmo Wants To Do A Pantera Reunion

In an interview with Fan Pass, ex-Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo spoke about the possibilities of a reunion and what exactly it would take, including a serious, in-person discussion with ex-drummer Vinnie Abbott. He states that there is “…no doubt…” in his mind that Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde would be the best person to replace “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.

What it would take to get it off the ground:

But at the end of the day, there would have to be a meeting at a table — or without a table — between Rex [Brown], Vince and I, and there would have to be a bigtime understanding between the two of us before anything happens at all.

If the reunion were to happen, Anselmo states:

If there was ever a proper presentation, like, OK, PANTERA is back together, Zakk’s on guitar, that would be a massive feeling. That would be outrageous. And I would go to war. I would be in the best shape possible.

You can watch the full interview below as well as see footage of Phil, Zakk Wylde, and Rex Brown of Kill Devil Hill jamming the classic track “I’m Broken”.



  • boaaa82 .

    Damn that would be sickkkk if they did! ” THIS LOVE “

  • JosephPattisall

    I hope this doesn’t happen. Maybe I don’t know everything about it but it would seem discrespectful to Dimebag.

    • Chandler Of-Adelaide

      Disrespectful to Dime is what Dean Guitars have been doing for years by whoring is name. Getting the band going without him is not. Do you really honestly think a musician like Dime would feel disrespected that the others wanted to get back together to play gigs?

    • SpaceManSpliffz .

      All you pansy Pantera Reunion naysayers need to shut the hell up. Nobody is sad Bon Scott was replaced after he died. Same with various members of GWAR. They had their time to shine, let those who are left in the wake do the dead honor by remembering them best, by playing what they loved – their music.

      • JosephPattisall

        Sometimes things are so tragic they shouldn’t be reopened. This is a rare instance of that.

        • JosephPattisall

          And comparing it to Gwar is fucked. The man was assassinated unlike the other who died of (semi) natural causes.

        • SpaceManSpliffz .

          It was tragic and sad, there will never be another Dime, but just imagine if AC/DC broke up after Bon Scott, they didn’t and we got got another 41 fricking years of amazing tunes from them. I’d love to hear a new Pantera with some original members in it. I feel you though, if Maynard James Keenan croaked there would never be a suitable replacement in my eyes. You never know until you actually see it though!


    disrespectful how? you can’t really replace him but someone can still play his parts

    • JosephPattisall

      Well maybe disrespectful isn’t what I meant to say but the thought of a reunion without him doesn’t sit well. I think they should honor him in other ways. Why do it?

      • SYN Karnage

        Because dimebag was a killer musician, Pantera was an awesome band, and there’s new generations of kids who would probably kill to see it played live. Lord knows enough modern metal bands play Pantera covers. If people don’t like it they don’t have to go, but they could raise money for dimes family or something. They’re not replacing him, they’re honouring his memory and legacy. I think it’s a cool idea…

        • JosephPattisall

          I hear you, it just doesn’t sit well with me no matter what angle is put on it. Again, maybe I don’t know but what I do know is that it’s not a far stretch to say he died over Pantera. It reads to me as a bit too little too late on Phil’s part.

          • SpaceManSpliffz .

            Boo hoo

          • Porcelain God

            Dime died because Nathan Gale shot him. Nothing more, nothing less. To blame Philip Anselmo for Dime’s death is asinine.

          • JosephPattisall

            I didn’t blame him.

      • Dev

        It all depends on how you think about it. A Pantera reunion is probably not the way to describe it, it’s more of an elegy, a tribute to what the band was and what Dimebag Darrel was. As someone else said, it’s about bringing the music to new people too, always. I was just as unsure about the Alice In Chains reunion several years ago, something about that just didn’t quite sit with me either, but I heard the new material (not suggesting that would work with Pantera, mind you) and saw some performances and it made sense – it wasn’t just about Layne Staley, but it was all about him too at the same time. It’s a weird scenario, but it can be good too.

  • YESnationagent

    YES!!! ive seen Pantera 11 times and id love to see them, again..I agree Zack Wylde would be awsome to step In

  • Killyoself Asap

    Fuck that. Dime was the core of that sounds.His riffs were deadly and his lead playing was beyond sick. Zakk is awesome no doubt, but he’s no dime.Let this band rest in peace.

    • AfterTheAsylum

      Dime made great riffs, but they weren’t complex at all. To say that Zakk is no Dime is absolutely absurd. Zakk is significantly better at everything. I like Pantera much more than BLS, but Zakk is a much better player.

      • Dev

        Complexity isn’t everything, though. Arguing on technicality is a waste of time if the music doesn’t penetrate, and I never did manage to get into BLS (Zakk is just too cheesy for me I think), even if it’s solid playing. Dimebag had a lot more colour in his riffs and his sound.

    • JosephPattisall

      I agree.

  • Evan Dickson

    Hahah of course this joker wants to get the band back together. Meal ticket

  • Nymfomania

    ive seen Zack Wylde play before, but missed Pantera growing up. I would gladly go see a show by them.

  • Phil needs to get over himself. Pantera was great but it’s over. Phil has an ego bigger than Danzig. Down isn’t that great, and Superjoint Ritual just sort of sucked so Phil wants to reform Pantera now that he wont have to argue with Dimebag anymore? Screw him!

    • Dev

      I think a lot of people would disagree with you on Down and Superjoint (myself included). Of course he’s got a huge ego – no shrinking violet would have written Mouth For War or I’m Broken or Five Minutes Alone. it’s part of the territory. Also I’m pretty sure you meant ‘argue with Vinnie’, not that they are arguing – Vinnie is the only one with a problem, he’s holding a grudge, and as far as anyone can see it’s misplaced. Additionally, Phil seems to have cleaned up his act massively in recent years, cooled out a lot and got his shit together. Much of the problems with his personality were exacerbated by his drink and drug use in the 90’s, and that will make anyone insufferable to be around. it’s just too sad that all of this wasn’t fixed when Pantera was still going strong. I never got a chance to see Pantera live, and this wouldn’t ever be ‘the same’ of course but I would jump at the chance all the same.

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