During a recent chat with The SDR Show, guitarist Zakk Wylde talked about participation in Pantera.
“I had nothing to do with [putting the Pantera thing together]. I’m friends with the guys. It’d be like if Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell were gonna do a tribute to Jimi [Hendrix] and they [asked] Eric Clapton, ‘Eric, would you sing and play Jimi‘s stuff? We’re gonna put this tribute thing together.’ It’s just, like, of course, Eric would [do it]. ‘Just let me know when you wanna do it.’ It’s just like anything. Like when we do ”Experience Hendrix”, we do anything like that, it’s just, like, ‘Would you guys like to go out and honor Jimi Hendrix?’ It’s just, like, ‘Yeah. And why wouldn’t we?’ […]
About learning Pantera songs, the guitarist added:
“I don’t know [how to play] the songs. If Dime had to play the ”No More Tears” solo and ”Mama, I’m Coming Home” and ”Miracle Man” and ”Perry Mason” and play ”Suicide Messiah”, it’d be, like, ‘You must know Zakk‘s stuff.’ He [would be], like, ‘No. I don’t know any of his stuff. Zakk‘s my buddy, but no, I don’t know any of his stuff.'”