Dimebag Darrell’s Guitar Tech to Attend Pantera Reunion + Bring Original Equipment

Grady Champion, who served as Dimebag Darrell‘s guitar tech throughout his touring career, will be joining Panther on their reunion tour. He announced the news through a long caption on his social media.

Zak Wylde will play guitar for Pantera throughout the reunion tour, which starts later years at Button party. Champion explained that Darrell’s longtime girlfriend and executor, Rita Haneygave him permission to use some of the late guitarist’s equipment for the tour so they can try to recreate Pantera’s sound as authentically as possible. Charlie Benante will also participate in the reunion of the drums, instead Vinnie Paul.

However, Champion will not act as Wylde’s technician. According to his post, he will help with effects and help “bring Dime’s tone to the party.”

“I started with Pantera and I’ll end with Pantera. I didn’t know the ‘right’ thing to think, to say, to do. When I saw the headline like everyone else, I threw up, sweaty palms, heart racing. out, had seen that headline 1000 times in my nightmares,” Champion wrote. “After it sunk in and I talked to everybody, I felt like I’d be crazy to turn my nose up and say, ‘Fuck it.’ I need to be involved if I’m needed, it turns out I’m needed and I fkn do it… I wouldn’t be anywhere in life if it wasn’t for Dime and his belief in me. have to represent.”

“At least not so well with words, but the heart is on the sleeve here,” he continued. “Anyone who comes up with ‘money grabs’ has no concept of reality. How much it takes from people to do this. More dedication than you’ll ever see, tears, all of it. If you wanna hate, don’t go , I don’t want to hear it. If you want a Pantera experience, this is it. We give it hell, and will give it everything there is to give. Philip [Anselmo], Rex BrownZakk and Char Benante will bring it.”

See his full post below.

Reports of the reunion broke first in early July, but no official dates or filled-in musicians had been announced at the time. Shortly afterwards it emerged that Wylde and Benante would join Anselmo and Brown, and there was one stream of mixed reactions from the band’s fans.

That first reunion show just announced yesterday (August 25), with the quartet performing at four festivals later this year. It will be the first time in over two decades that Anselmo and Brown have toured under the Pantera name. Earlier today, the band has uploaded a trailer for the tour, stating that the performances are “for the brothers, for the fans, for legacy.”

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