It seems like Philip Anselmo is finally dismissing the rumors about a potential PANTERA jam with Zakk Wylde stepping in for the late great "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. During a recent interview with The Village Voice, it was reported that Anselmo had an extensive conversation with Wylde, and that Wylde would be interested in jamming with the remaining members of PANTERA: Philip Anselmo, Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown.
Well, allegedly The Village Voice took Anselmo's words "out of context". Here is an excerpt from a recent fan-driven interview that Ultimate Guitar conducted with members of DOWN:
You've been talking about having Zakk Wylde come in on guitar if PANTERA ever toured again? (Anselmo reportedly told The Village Voice last month about a possible PANTERA reunion with Zakk on guitar, "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 [Vinnie Paul Abbott, Dimebag's brother and former PANTERA drummer] 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.")
"Absolutely. That whole thing was taken way out of context. All that happened was Zakk and I spoke and what it was about was just a personal issue between he and I that was worked out quickly and easily. We were cozy as kittens after that, and we just shot the shit. And honestly? The whole PANTERA thing did not come up at all. Whoever interviewed me, and I fuckin' forget the whole thing, but it was taken out of context because we didn't even talk about PANTERA reuniting or anything like that. Matter of fact, we talked about relations and mutual friends and just honestly everybody getting along and that's really all we talked about."
We really hope this is the end of this ridiculous "reunion" talk. Let the PANTERA beast alone! Both Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown already said there is no way this is going to happen, so lets all collectively move on. There are plenty of awesome bands within Heavy Music right now!
The entire interview is available HERE!
HERE is an extensive gallery of DOWN's recent concert in New York City!
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