Don’t expect me to sound like Pantera’s Dime

Zakk Wylde has warned Pantera fans not to expect him to sound like Dimebag Darrell Abbott on upcoming tribute shows.

There has been controversy surrounding the announcement that Pantera members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown will reunite to celebrate the memory of bandmates Dimebag Darrell and his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul, who died in 2004 and 2018. Wylde – a close friend of Dimebag and long linked to the idea of ​​replacing him – will perform in South America next month alongside Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante. Other dates will follow in 2023.

“No matter what I do, it’s gonna sound like me,” the guitarist said guitar world in a new interview. “I can practice all I want and stay as faithful as I want, but I’ll never escape it. It’s like Randy Rhoads playing Eddie Van Halen’s ‘Eruption’: no ​​matter what he does , it looks like it’s Randy playing, not Eddie. You’ll never confuse Randy with Eddie or Eddie with Randy, and it’s the same here with me playing the Dime stuff.

He added: “I’m going to have fun with it, knowing that I don’t expect to sound like Dime, and neither should anyone else, that’s how it is when I play with Ozzy [Osbourne] or anything else.

Wylde confirmed that he would be using equipment previously used by Dimebag Darrell, including amplifier heads and cabinets as well as effects pedals. “I’ll be using my guitars and my effects and my pedals, a lot of the pedals that Dime gave me, and yeah, I’ll definitely be using some of Dime’s pedals and stuff as well,” he said. “I’m still working on how this will all come together, but I can’t wait to see how it all plays out once I do.

“Dime’s Technology, Grady [Champion], will go down too, which is great. I have my tech, but it will be great to have Grady here to help pay tribute to Dime.

In July, shortly after the tribute project was announced, Benante said he would do anything he could to look exactly like Paul. “I can’t do that as the drummer for Anthrax, because it would sound completely different,” he said. “So the way I’m going to do that is if you close your eyes, it’s going to sound like it’s Vinnie, basically.”

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