STRYPER frontman Michael Candy has as soon as once more weighed in on the information that PANTERA‘s surviving members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass) will unite with guitarist Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) for a world tour underneath the PANTERA banner.
Anselmo and Brown, together with Wylde and Benante, will headline numerous main festivals throughout North America and Europe and stage a few of their very own headline concert events.
In keeping with Billboard, the lineup has been given a inexperienced mild by the estates of the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, in addition to Brown, who final yr mentioned Wylde would not tour with PANTERA if a reunion had been to occur. It is unclear what modified his thoughts.
Candy mentioned his views on the PANTERA comeback in a brand new interview with “BODS Mayhem Hour”. Requested what he thinks about Anselmo and Brown touring once more underneath the PANTERA title, Michael mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Effectively, that is the query of the day, ‘trigger that is within the information proper now. You return a couple of months, or over a yr in the past, VAN HALEN was the query of the day relating to that: how do you tour as VAN HALEN with out Eddie Van Halen?
“This is the factor: it is actual simple for all of us to offer our opinions on that, and lots of instances these opinions aren’t constructive; they are often on the destructive aspect,” he continued. “However that being mentioned, you have gotta consider the fellows that are nonetheless alive that had been simply as massive part of these bands. By way of fame and recognition, possibly not, however effort, laborious work, time concerned in that band? Completely. In order that, to me, provides them the appropriate to do this. However do not name it… I do not learn about calling… [In the case of VAN HALEN], for those who exit with [Joe] Satriani and another person on bass — Jason [Newsted] they talked about on bass, after which it was Michael [Anthony], and who is aware of who it might be in the event that they try this — do not name it VAN HALEN. However then once more, Alex Van Halen is the drummer and he holds the title. In order that’s a high-quality line.
“PANTERA? I do perceive some individuals getting up in arms over it being known as PANTERA when the Abbott brothers aren’t concerned,” Candy added. “I imply, they stunning a lot had been PANTERA simply as Eddie Van Halen was VAN HALEN, proper? We will all agree on that. However once more, who’s Michael Candy to say whether or not they need to or should not try this?
“That is our livelihood, that is what everybody does to pay the payments and what everybody does simply out of the sheer love within the coronary heart for doing it. We love doing what we do, and what else are we gonna do? So these guys, they’ve gotta proceed on. That is — I do not wanna say ‘bread and butter’; that is so cliché, nevertheless it is their bread and butter. And I believe they need to do what they should do however so long as they’re respectful within the course of. Once they begin disrespecting and doing it in a disrespectful approach, that is once I’ll step up. I will be the primary one to step up and say, ‘Wait a minute right here. That is not proper.’ You understand what I imply?”
Final month, Candy hinted that STRYPER will share the stage with the reactivated PANTERA at this yr’s version of Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Steel Fest. On the time, he took to his Instagram to share a brand new PANTERA photograph composite from BLABBERMOUTH.NET, and he included the next message: “What’s my tackle the brand new @panteraofficial lineup? Effectively, to begin with it does not matter what I believe. That being mentioned, I believe it is nice! So long as they’ve the Abbott Household’s blessings and so they’re respectful whereas honoring Dime & Vinnie, I applaud the choice to maneuver ahead.
“I take a look at it extra in order a ‘Celebration’, celebrating the lives and music of The Abbott Brothers. Additionally, who higher to carry out Darrell‘s components however the one and solely @zakkwyldebls – THE excellent man for the job. Then add @charbenante to cowl for Vinnie? Once more, excellent! And let’s not neglect all of the work that Phil & Rex put into PANTERA early on as nicely.
“I want the band nothing however the very best and extra importantly, I want the Abbott Household nothing however peace and love.
“In closing, I am going to get to witness this lineup up shut and private in Mexico”.
Additionally final month, Benante instructed SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” about how he plans to method the PANTERA gig: “I can not go do that because the drummer from ANTHRAX as a result of it could be a special sound utterly. So the way in which I am gonna do that’s for those who shut your eyes, it is gonna sound prefer it’s Vinnie, principally. And that is the way it’s gonna be. The sound is gonna sound precisely like him.”
Wylde mentioned that he had an analogous mindset. “You method it the identical approach as you do once I’m taking part in with Ozzy,” he mentioned. “Clearly I’ve gotta be taught [Randy] Rhoads‘s stuff and I’ve gotta be taught Jake‘s [E. Lee] stuff, and once I was doing the [BLACK] SABBATH stuff, you be taught it and do it as trustworthy as you’ll be able to. Charlie‘s gotta be taught all of Vinnie‘s components. You method it as for those who’re in a canopy band. After we do the ZAKK SABBATH stuff,” referring to his BLACK SABBATH cowl band, “I do not begin altering lyrics halfway by way of ‘Warfare Pigs’. You be taught the songs — so that is what you do.”
Discuss a attainable PANTERA “reunion” intensified when Anselmo recurrently joined Wylde‘s BLACK LABEL SOCIETY to carry out PANTERA‘s music “I am Damaged” throughout DOWN‘s 2014 stint on the “Revolver Golden Gods Tour”. That buzz solely acquired stronger after Brown joined the jam on Could 23, 2014 when the tour swung by way of Texas.
Up till his passing, Vinnie remained on non-speaking phrases with Anselmo, whom the drummer not directly blamed for Dimebag‘s dying.
Vinnie Paul and Dimebag co-founded PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, they shaped DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, whereas performing with DAMAGEPLAN on the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by a troubled schizophrenic who believed that the members of PANTERA had been stealing his ideas.