During an appearance on The Blairing Out Show, Vio-lence guitarist Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) was to comment on “a rumor that there is going to be a Pantera reunion with you, Zakk Wylde, Charlie Benante from Anthrax, Rex [Brown], and Phil Anselmo.”
The musician replied (transcribed by UG):
“Why would they need me? First of all, it would be rad if they did it, but they wouldn’t need me for that.
“They’re a four-piece. No truth to that with me involved; maybe what they’re doing it, but not with me, I don’t think that’s true.”
On Machine Head, he said:
“Yeah, it was the end of the relationship and time to move on; and we did, and that was 13-14 months ago, so you know…
“I played with Slayer right after that for a couple of weeks, filling in for Gary [Holt], and spent this past year playing with a bunch of friends of mine, playing with the Nonpoint guys and playing with Metal Allegiance – did a little tour with them.
“I did a record with Mike Portnoy and Bobby Blitz, and Mark Menghi called BPMD – it’s an American band ’70s record. It’s Skynyrd, and Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, Blue Oyster Cult…
“We got an amazing song out now called the ‘Permanent Decay’ with me and [ex-Machine Head Drummer] Dave McClain. We wrote the song a while ago and Brandan Schieppati from Bleeding Through is singing on it; we got Dave Ellefson from Megadeth to play bass on it, we think we might do something.”