Former Pantera lead singer Phil Anselmo spoke to Chilean website Humo Negro about his career, and obviously about Pantera. The singer talked about the possibility of a hypothetical tour in honor of Pantera, with Rex on bass and Zakk Wylde replacing the late Dimebag.
“Well, Zakk is a busy man. He makes his own band, does things with Ozzy and all that stuff. We talked about it once. And I think everyone – everyone – is … I think they’re just like me. ..”
“Let’s see. But I know from all the hard work with The Illegals to get these songs right, we all would have to take time off and really practice together and do everything perfectly. And I’m doing a lot of bands, man, now. If everything was in line, I would – for sure. Fuck, yes! Why not?”
Vinnie Paul’s Death
Pantera drummer, also from Hellyeah and Damageplan, Vinnie Paul, died in 2018 of dilated cardiomyopathy – enlarged heart ventricles, which reduce blood pumping – as well as serious coronary disease.
Paul died at age 54 and was buried next to his mother and brother, Dimebag Darrell, in Texas, in a custom coffin provided by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss.
Dimebag, guitarist, was killed during a presentation of Damageplan in 2004.
Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. The group was formed in 1981 by the Abbott brothers—drummer Vinnie Paul and guitarist Dimebag Darrell—along with lead vocalist Terry Glaze. Bassist Rex Brown joined the band the following year, replacing Tommy D. Bradford, who was the unofficial original. Having started as a glam metal band, Pantera released four albums independently during the 1980s.
Looking for a new and heavier sound, Pantera replaced Glaze with Phil Anselmo in late 1986 and released Power Metal in 1988. In 1989, the band secured a record deal with the major laber Atco. With its fifth album, 1990’s Cowboys from Hell, Pantera introduced the groove metal genre, while its 1992 follow-up Vulgar Display of Power exhibited an even heavier sound. Far Beyond Driven (1994) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
In addition to their contribution to the groove metal genre, Pantera is credited (along with Sepultura and Machine Head) for being part of the second wave of thrash metal scene in the early-to-mid 1990s.