Phil Anselmo Interested in Working on Dimebag Darrell Tribute With Zakk Wylde

"I would prefer to write a song that celebrated his life," says ex-Pantera frontman.

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Days after footage surfaced online of Phil Anslemo performing the Pantera classic "I'm Broken" with Black Label Society, Anselmo has revealed that he'd be up for working on a tribute to Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell with Zakk Wylde.

As Artisan News Service reports, Anselmo explained that he would want the music to be a tribute to Dime's life, rather than his death:

"I don't think there's any tribute in his death. I find it to be one of the more morose times of year for me. But, from a completely different angle, if Zakk and I ever collaborated ... if we wanted to write an homage to Dimebag together, that would be one thing, and I would definitely be up for that, but not for his death. I would prefer to write a song that celebrated his life."

Speaking to Artisan News Service last year, Zakk Wylde stated that he would be up for taking part in some kind of Pantera reunion to honor his friend:

"It'd be up to [former Pantera members] Vinnie [Paul Abbott, drums], Phil [Anselmo, vocals] and Rex [Brown, bass] - they're the guys that make everything happen," he said (see video below). "So if they were all gonna do it and honor Dimebag and [if they said to me], 'Zakk, would you wanna honor Dime and do Dime's parts?' Of course, I was a pallbearer for him - I laid him to rest - so, of course, I'd say, it would be a beautiful way to honor him and stuff like that. And to celebrate all things Pantera and what they achieved. 'Cause they changed the game, as far as extreme metal goes. I mean, they're the kings of it. But it's up to the fellows. Then it would just be me woodsheddin' 25-8, learning all of Dime's parts, you know what I mean?! Yeah, but like I said, as far as I'm concerned, it would just be honoring Dime. Like with the Yankees, you honor ... everybody's wearing Thurman Munson's '15' for that day, just because we're honoring Thurman's greatness. So it's the same thing, man."

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    Would need some kind of treatment for his voice (or vocal lessons) first, because his voice is shot; he can scream well, but he's literally unable to hit a single note.
    And that's the way how it should be! Not a Pantera reunion, cause it's impossibru! A tribute to Dimebag YES! - a few Pantera songs or maybe a new one celebrating his life and achievements as mentioned in the article.
    I still think a one off Dime tribute concert featuring a line up different guitar players would be a cool thing to do. Honour Dime, honour Panteras music and maybe any profits go to a charity that maybe Rita and the others deem fit?
    Enough with this Zakk is going to do Dime/Pantera tribute thing! I'm a Zakk fan, and of course Pantera fan, but i hope this doesn't happen!
    *sigh* It's NOT a Zakk joining Pantera for a tribute thing! It's Phil and Zakk writing a song in tribute to Dime. Read the damn article man!!