What do rock and metal musicians really think about the return of Panther? While on this year’s Higher than life festival, we asked a bunch of artists for their thoughts on the historic return of the surviving Cowboys From Hell.
The reaction to Zak Wylde and Charlie Benante fill out too late Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul was a decision met with unanimous praise from our gathering of musicians. “It’s going to be amazing and I think Charlie and Zakk do the honors… I don’t think the Abbott brothers would have it any other way,” Mastodon drummer Fire Dailor said. “If they had to handpick the people to play their roles, it’s the guys.”
In fact, the one musician who didn’t like the choice was Zakk Wylde on guitar GWAR vocalist Blothar the Berzerker. “I heard they hired some fancy pants… Zakk Wylde? Jeez, come on. He just wants to do a lot of pinch harmonics,” Blothar roared.
The only bone of contention that existed for some of the younger artists we spoke to was some of the ill-fated comments Philip Anselmo has said about race on a few occasions. Although Anselmo has made amends for these comments, certain members of Wargasm and Dropout Kings still consider Anselmo problematic.
“It’s hard because I don’t agree with Phil that much,” said Wargasm’s Sam Matlock. “I want to see them because I think it’s education for me. I think you have to earn your stripes and seeing Pantera live is one of the stripes. I just wish Phil would keep shut up.”
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