Phil Anselmo Says He Recently Talked To Zakk Wylde About Pantera “Reunion”
Phil Anselmo (Down/ex-Pantera, etc.) has told The Village Voice that he talked to Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, etc.) about a possible Pantera reunion (with Wylde replacing the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott) as recently as two weeks ago.
He did however later clarify that the potential reunion of sorts is not entirely realistic, given his estranged relationship with band drummer Vince Abbott.
The following exchange took place in regards to that:
“There have been rumors floating around of a Pantera “reunion” with Zakk Wylde. Is that real, and would that include you?
Well, it would better damn well fuckin’ include me, or it wouldn’t be Pantera. I talked to Zakk about two weeks ago, and he’s very open for it. He’s got an open mind about it. But, truth be told, Vince [Abbott] has got a grudge against me that is really unfounded. And, honestly, I’ve always had a wide-open door when it comes to Vince.
If it takes me standin’ there and lettin’ that little guy punch me in the fuckin’ face repeatedly, over and over and over, til his hands were tired of hittin’ my rock-hard fuckin’ head, as long as we could sit down and talk afterwards, I’m all for it, man.
Would there be any issue with someone else playing Dimebag’s guitar parts?
Well, now, I didn’t say that the Pantera thing is a realistic thing. I don’t think that’s the important thing. I think what the important thing is, what Zakk and I discussed, is just Vince actually dropping his guard and realizing there is no treachery afoot.”