Vinnie Paul Comments on Possiblity of Pantera Reunion with Zakk Wylde
With Phil Anselmo regularly joining Black Label Society to perform Pantera's song "I'm Broken" during Down's recent stint on the Revolver Golden Gods Tour, there has been a lot of renewed talk about a possible Pantera reunion with BLS main man Zakk Wylde on guitar. That buzz only intensified when former Pantera bassist Rex Brown joined the jam on May 23 when the tour swung through Texas--watch video right here.
In an interview at Rock on the Range with Matt Pinfield of Fanpass, Anselmo said of a potential Pantera re-formation with Wylde, "I think the situation would have to be correct." When Pinfield interjected that Wylde would be the ideal guitarist to step in for Dimebag, Anselmo continued, "Yeah, yeah, yeah. No doubt. We [Down] are on tour with fucking Black Label Society right now, and don't ever underestimate the power of conversation between Zakk and I... 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."
Now Vinnie Paul has weighed in--a lot less enthusiastically--on the subject. In a recent interview with Revolver's Jon Wiederhorn for a forthcoming story on Paul's current band, Hellyeah, the drummer had the following to say:
"If you had an ex-wife, and it was a pretty bitter split, you might not ever want to talk to her again. Who cares if everybody in the family and your friends want you to say hello again? It’s your choice whether you want to do it or not. And I think a lot of people are selfish. They say, 'Oh, he oughtta just kiss and make up with Phil and everything will be cool. And then they can go get Zakk Wylde and everything’s gonna be great.' No, everything’s not gonna be great."