That Pantera reunion tour with Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown with Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante filling in for the deceased guitarist and drummer Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul has been all over the headlines lately. But a newly published interview conducted in February shows that Anselmo had strong feelings about continuing the legacy of Pantera even before the reunion was announced.
talking with The hole on a variety of topics, Anselmo comments at one point that he felt Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul would have wanted the Pantera legacy to continue.
“Dimebag and Vince always wanted this band to be an old band, to be massive, to be our own conduit to success, simply,” Anselmo said (seen at 7:14 in the video below). “I think Dime and Vince – I know Dime and Vince – would want the legacy and the name of Pantera to live on and on and on and in everybody’s goddamn faces. I know that for sure. Damn, man. That would be their biggest dream.” Those comments were made in February, well before July’s revelation that a Pantera reunion tour was on the way in 2023.
During a recent appearance on Eddie Trunk’s Trunk Nation SiriusXM show, Benante revealed that he was first contacted about the possibility of the tour last December, with negotiations becoming more serious in January and February this year.
Talk of a Pantera reunion began to circulate with the potential for Zakk Wylde to be involved in 2012, but at the time Vinnie Paul close the possibility, saying, “Without my brother being a part of it, it just doesn’t make sense.” It was a position he maintained until his death in 2018. In recent years, Anselmo has started revisiting Pantera’s music with his band the Illegals.