In a brand new interview with Billboard.com, Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) was asked about former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott‘s recent comment that if PANTERA ever reformed, Zakk would be the man to replace the band’s late guitarist — and Vinnie‘s brother — “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott.
“I love all those guys,” Zakk replied. “It would be an honor. How could I say no? I’d do my best to make them proud.”
Speaking to Cindy Scull of the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas radio station 97.1 The Eagle Rocks back in March, Vinnie Paul stated about the possibility of a PANTERA “reunion” with Wylde filling in for Dimebag. “[Zakk] and my brother were so tight. If [a PANTERA reformation] ever were to happen, [Zakk] would be the guy [to step in for Dimebag]. But I honestly think, out of respect for my brother, we should just leave the 14 amazing years PANTERA had be. We’re all happy doing our own thing. We have to continue living and do other things.”
Earlier this month, former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo was asked by Ned of the WGRD 97.9 FM radio station in Grand Rapids, Michigan about the likelihood of a PANTERA reformation with Wylde, “That’s an interesting question,” he said. “Well, look, before anything like that could possibly happen, Vince and I would have to actually be in the same room, we’d have to sit down, hash out whatever differences, demons… whatever… we’d have to hash it all out. And as far as Zakk Wylde goes, I’m not so sold on all that, because I think he and I have to sit down and hash some crap out. That day has not come yet, and [when] that day comes, I can comment further on it. As of right now, it’s just talk.”
Former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown also addressed the possibility of Wylde taking Dimebag‘s place in a reformed PANTERA. He told the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner earlier this month, “You know, we keep hearing rumors about a reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar, and that is such bullshit. You can’t replace my brother.”