Phil Anselmo’s Down Bandmate Defends Pantera Reunion

Crowbar frontman Kirk Windstein recently shared his thoughts on the Pantera’s reunion and the lineup. Windstein has been playing with Phil Anselmo in Down since the forming of the band, and in the latest interview with Bloodstock TV, he expressed his appreciation for Pantera’s reunion. The frontman told:

“I’m so happy for [Philip] and Rex. I really am. It’s fantastic. It’s huge. I think it’s even bigger… Maybe they knew it would get this big. I really didn’t, but God, I’m happy for ’em. We played with ’em in Poland back in the beginning of June, and it was just amazing… So I’m so happy for ’em. I really am.”

He claimed that the shows were being done for the right reasons and shared what he told his bandmate about the reunion:

“I told Philip and Rex, I’m, like, ‘You get a second chance, second shot at doing what should have happened with the brothers had they not passed away.’ But they’re doing it for the right reasons and, boy, they’re doing it at the top of their game. The production, everything is amazing. Musicianship-wise, Pantera was one of the best heavy metal bands ever with Dime and Vinnie.”

Windstein then revealed his thoughts about the band’s current guitarist, Zakk Wylde:

“But with Zakk, look, he might not play every note like Dime, but it’s not his style… He’s doing the signature solos, like the stuff everybody hums, everybody sings, but he’s throwing in his own stuff too, which it should be that way.”

Kirk earlier weighed on the same matter as well. The frontman made it clear that although it is not the same without Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell, the reunion is a tribute to a legacy. He also addressed the people who thought the new lineup was ‘pissing on the name’ by saying the following words:

“Are they doing something… pissing on the name or something? Not at all. I think, if anything, they’re glorifying it. I mean, the music is too fucking good, too legendary, it was too groundbreaking, they were too amazing to not let people enjoy it.”

See the latest interview below.