Zakk Wylde Thinks Pantera Reunion Is Like Led Zeppelin’s Comeback

During a new chat with Chuck Armstrong of Loudwire Nights, Zakk Wylde discusses his thoughts on the reformation of Pantera and its significance, likening it to Led Zeppelin’s return to the stage.

Wylde, stepping in with Pantera’s surviving members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown, alongside Anthrax’s Charlie Benante, spoke on the universal connection fans have with their favorite bands, from Led Zeppelin to Pantera, explaining:

“The beautiful thing about music is, all the bands that we love, whether it’s [Led] Zeppelin or [Black] Sabbath, The Allman Brothers or Elton John or Pantera or whatever, everybody has their connection to that music. That’s the most powerful thing about music. I mean, you hear stuff, it just transports you back to when you were 13 years old, 14 years old, where you were and what you were doing when that music was going on.”

A Mix Of Generations

He continued, reflecting on the mix of old and new fans at Pantera shows:

“So, for so many people — it’s amazing ’cause Phil always does it at like almost every night, he’s just, like, ‘How many people saw Pantera back in the day?’ And everybody, obviously, you have all the Pantera faithful. And then he goes, ‘How many people, this is their first time seeing Pantera?’ It’s mind-blowing. I mean, I’d say it’s almost like 60-40, 70-30 sometimes, where it’s, like, ‘Wow. That is amazing.'”

The Legacy Of Live Performances

The musician then talked about his attendance at a Jimmy Page and Robert Plant concert in the mid-’90s:

“I never got a chance to see Zeppelin back in the day, so to see… When I went and saw the [Jimmy] Page and [Robert] Plant thing with the orchestra and everything, that was just amazing because I never got a chance to see them back in the day. So, just the power of the music, to see it live was just…”

A Night To Remember

Detailing his experience of watching Plant and Page performing live, Zakk added:

“I saw ’em at Brendan Byrne Arena [in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in April 1995] when we were working on [Ozzy Osbourne’s 1995 album] ‘Ozzmosis.’ I got tickets and we went down to the gig that night, and it was amazing — ’cause I never I never got a chance to see it back in the day. So, it’s pretty much the same ’cause I know I was getting chills when I was watching it. So, yeah, it’s a beautiful thing, man.”

In the later part of the conversation, when asked about the possibility of recording new material with Pantera, Wylde dismissed the idea, suggesting that the essence of the band lies in its original members, Vinnie Paul, and Dimebag Darrell. He compared it to hypothetical scenarios where other notable musicians might honor past bands without attempting to recreate them.

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