Zakk Wylde insists he’ll be as devoted as attainable to Dimebag Darrell’s work when he performs with Pantera — however warns followers to not count on a carbon copy.
Black Label Society mainman and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Wylde has been confirmed as Dimebag’s alternative for the upcoming Pantera reunion, whereas Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante will take the place of Dime’s brother, Vinnie Paul.
Dime was killed onstage in 2004, whereas his brother Vinnie died in 2018.
In an interview with Guitar World, Wylde says: “I’m going to go in, study the elements, be as devoted to what Dime did as attainable, and simply be me.
“I am gonna have enjoyable with it, figuring out that I’m not anticipating myself to sound like Dime, and nobody else ought to both, which is how it’s once I play with Ozzy or no matter else.
“It doesn’t matter what I do, it’ll sound like me. I can follow all I need and keep as devoted as I need, however I’m by no means going to flee that.
“It is like if Randy Rhoads had been to play Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption. It doesn’t matter what he did, it might sound like Randy enjoying, not Eddie. You are by no means going to mistake Randy for Eddie or Eddie for Randy, and it is the identical factor right here with me enjoying Dime’s stuff.”
Wylde may have assist in replicating a few of Dimebag’s modern sound, within the type of the Pantera icon’s tools and his guitar tech.
Wydle provides: “I will be utilizing my guitars, results, and pedals, a whole lot of the pedals that Dime really gave me, and yeah, I will undoubtedly be utilizing a few of Dime’s pedals and stuff, too.
“I am nonetheless understanding the way it’ll all come collectively, however I’m wanting ahead to seeing the way it all flows as soon as I do. Dime’s tech, Grady, is gonna be coming down too, which is nice.”
The Pantera lineup for the reunion shall be accomplished by singer Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown.
They are going to carry out a lot of stay dates subsequent month.
Pantera 2022 stay dates
Dec 02: Hell & Heaven Open Air, Mexico
Dec 06: Monterrey Metallic Fest, Mexico
Dec 09: Knotfest Columbia
Dec 11: Knotfest Chile
Dec 12: Movistar Area Santiago, Chile (Headline present)
Dec 15: Vibra Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dec 18: Knotfest Brazil