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Phil Anselmo Open To Idea Of Pantera Reunion With Zakk Wylde On Guitar

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Despite having previously spoken cautiously on the idea of a Pantera reunion with Black Label Society‘s Zakk Wylde filling in for the late, great Dimebag Darrell, Phil Anselmo says that he is open to the idea provided the situation was right.

“I think the situation would have to be correct,” Anselmo told Matt Pinfield at last week’s Rock On The Range festival in Ohio. When Pinfield broached the subject of Wylde filling in for Dimebag Darrell, Anselmo agreed with the interviewer that he would be the perfect guy to fill the late Abbott’s shoes.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. No doubt. We [referring to his band Down] are on tour with Black Label Society right now, and don’t ever underestimate the power of conversation between Zakk and I.”

Anselmo acknowledges that the key to making such a reunion happen would lie in a meeting between he, bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul. The relationship between Anselmo and Paul is undoubtedly the biggest fence to mend, seeing how the two have not spoken since 2003.

“At the end of the day, there would have to be a meeting at a table – or without a table – between Rex, Vince and I,” Anselmo says. “There would have to be a big time understanding between the two of us [Vince and Philip] before anything happens at all. There is a great percentage of me that says ‘This generation deserves it. Let’s do it.’ And then there’s a reservation in me that says, ‘You know what, man? Legacies get passed down. Maybe we should leave it alone and just let it be part of lore and the history and whatnot.’”

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