Vinnie Paul on Pantera Reunion: 'If Eddie Van Halen Died, Would You Ask Zakk Wylde to Fill In?'

"It's really selfish for people to think that, and it's stupid," the drummer adds.

Vinnie Paul on Pantera Reunion: 'If Eddie Van Halen Died, Would You Ask Zakk Wylde to Fill In?'
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Vinnie Paul once again addressed the matter of a hypothetical Pantera reunion featuring Zakk Wylde on guitar, calling the idea's supporters "selfish" and the overall approach "stupid."

"People are selfish, man," Vinnie told EMP Rock Invasion (via Blabbermouth). "They want what they want; they don't care what you want. And it's unfortunate that people go, 'Oh, wow, man, they can get Zakk Wylde to jump up there on stage and it's Pantera again.' No, it's not, you know. It's not that simple."

The skinsman then brought up a question aimed at reunion supporters. "If Eddie Van Halen was to get shot in the head four times next week, would everybody be going, 'Hey, man, Zakk, go play for Van Halen. Just call it Van Halen.' You see what I'm saying? I mean, it's really selfish for people to think that, and it's stupid. It's not right at all."

In conclusion, Vince added, "They call it a reunion for a reason. It's called bringing the original members back to what it was. So there's a lot of these things that they call reunions that aren't really reunions. They've got one dude from the band floating around in them, you know. That's not a true reunion. With Pantera, it'll never be possible."

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    cyclonus
    That Van Halen comparison misses the mark, seeing as people are asking for Zakk specifically to fill Dime's shoes as he was his brother in all but name. Nonetheless, all Vinnie needs to say is he doesn't want to do it without Dime and that pretty much wraps up the argument, it's his right.
    Zaqua
    The Van Halen comment is perfectly fine, you are the one who is missing the mark. His point is that Dime wasn't just some guy in the band, it was his brother, just as Alex and Eddie are. Try putting yourself in his shoes. Your brother was shot to death on stage, and all people want to talk to about is getting some guy to fill in for him. It's irrelevant how close Dime and Zakk were.
    cyclonus
    Well I think your missing the mark. Only reason people are asking for Zakk is because he was one of Dime's best friends which would make it relevant, as opposed to some random person like in the scenario Vinnie came up with Zakk filling in for Eddie Van Halen which is hard to imagine. And I don't need to put myself in his shoes, I already mentioned that it's his right to not want to do it without Dime. F**king hell, read the comments properly next time
    victor420
    I felt the same way. The Van Halen thing was kinda stupid. Not to take away the negative and tragic aspect of Dimebag's passing, but its been ten years. It wasnt a week like he compared to. I, personally, believe that Vinnie wants to do it, but cant come to grips with playing with Phil.
    HitmanJenkins
    I definitely think it's more to do with his relationship with Phil more than anything else, they're not exactly the best of friends anymore. That said, whilst a full blown reunion is definitely out of the water, it would be nice if they did a few tribute shows, like Death did last year and what Acid Bath are doing sometime in the future.
    peppersghost08
    But no one is saying it's a Pantera reunion? Everyone wants it to be a tribute to Dime, where his best friend jams with the rest of the original band members to celebrate his life, not bringing back Pantera with a new guitarist and making new music.
    BN38416
    Vinnie is right. You are all pretty f*****g selfish. He has made it CLEAR time and time again he doesn't want to do it without his brother. Those are just the cold hard facts, Jack. And people still sit around saying, "Why wont Vinnie listen and do exactly WE want and tell him to do?"
    beesea
    Agreed. Vinnie doesn't owe anybody a thing. If he doesn't want to be a part of a show where someone imitating his deceased brother, who is anyone else to judge?
    Chronologo
    It might be, but I think that the bitter grudge between him and Phil is the main reason
    Nuclearcrayon
    Most of us aren't selfish. I think we genuinely just want to see the members of one of the worlds greatest metal bands on terms again. Otherwise, the legacy of Pantera will be flawed.
    TomWhaley
    Being on good terms would be nice... However, the only way that the legacy of Pantera would be flawed is if this "reunion" went forward.
    gibsongodsg
    Enough of these stupid reunion talks regarding Pantera, Zeppelin or whoever. It's as if one of them farts and it sounds like the riff from Walk it makes headlines and then there is talk about a damn reunion. Just let the legacy of these bands live on for what they were. Honestly, I'm a big fan of Pantera and All the guys involved but let's face it, Phil does not sound the same anymore.
    UncleBluck
    Saw Page & Plant tour back in the 90's (and Zep twice in the 70's)and the 90's show was by far the best. Page, Plant, Jones could pull it off if they want to...
    siamesedream777
    Am i the only one who's on Vinnie's side? C'mon let him do his own thing in peace. If he feels that he cant do it without Dimebag, it's ****ing ok.Not was just the guitarist of his band, was his brother the one who was shoot RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS EYES.Seriously give him a break about all this pantera deal.
    AlexGreat123
    I'd honestly rather have him and Phil Anselmo just bury the hatchet. Yeah them playing Pantera songs with Rex Brown with maybe Zakk Wylde filling in on guitar would be cool as I never saw Pantera live but honestly I'd just have him and Anselmo make amends.
    geor4ge
    vinny yes you are rite. and as you said not to long ago. you do not make money from music you have not for years you do it for the love of it. seems to be a bit of a controdiction on your part. but yes i know they might be dark days that you to do not want to re visit. so yea it is not a reunion but a tribute to you and your wonderful brother and your brothers that are still with us from the band. pantera for life!!!!!
    kill it
    I agree 1,000 percent. That's why it should be a 'tribute' to Pantera and Dime, not a reunion. I bet Dime would like that, and I know all the Pantera/Metal fans would.
    mkumastersam
    I think 'reunion' is the wrong choice of word. A tribute to Pantera under a different name with some original members would be different and more respectable.
    TheMightyLick30
    He will never get over of his brother's dead. And Eddie van Halen and Dimebag are two very different guitarist so Zakk Wylde couldn't ever play for both, Van Halen and Pantera...
    UncleBluck
    Exactly. I've seen it before when a band tries to replace the irreplaceable. Listened to an interview with Steve Morse last night about being in Deep Purple. Great guitar player but he's not Ritchie. Probably a better technician on guitar than Ritchie but he sounds nothing like Ritchie with the band....
    devtanuroy
    Am I the only one who doesn't want a "Pantera" reunion but just want Vinnie and Phil and Rex to get along one more time and bury the hatchet....a Dimebag memorial which Phil was not allowed to attend earlier...I want something like that...
    ippystratman
    Agreed. No albums or anything just a one off world tour
    tonello
    No world tour. I just wanna see a youtube video of them having a beer together.
    axegrinderj
    I saw them several times at the times i needed see them.. Nothing else would top that.. I'm lucky for that... and i thought trendkill was just freaking killer
    jorge.medina.50
    No, but as someone who actually liked the sammy era, if David died I wouldn't mind Sammy coming back.
    axegrinderj
    Dunno why they'd say zakk anyway.... that's way off.... they might as well put EVH in there... that sounds ridiculous.
    paulyg
    I know Zakk and Dime were good friends, but yeah i don't know why everyone assumes that Zakk would be number 1 choice.
    Eissari
    Like we don't remember and listen to Pantera without reunion? C'mon people.. I think Vinnie have made his point clear like 1000 times already.
    Second Rate
    There, it's been settled for the millionth time, There will be no Pantera reunion with the obsessive ex-girlfriend on guitar. Now move on. There are still functioning Metal bands out there that are worthy of attention.
    GenerationKILL
    Zakk Wylde himself is the one who's also perpetuating these ideas. I don't want a Pantera reunion either. Pantera was Dimebag Darrell, not Zakk Wylde who'd do it because it would also mean dollar signs. He can deny it all he likes, but he'd be right there to collect the paycheque from the live shows instead of giving it to Dime's widow. Pantera belongs in the past and I am personally sick of hearing about this every 2 to 5 years. It would also make me sick to see Phil Anselmo on stage singing Pantera songs again after all the bullshit he did to make the band break up in the first place. If it wasn't for his idiotic behaviours they'd probably still be together to this very day and Dime wouldn't have been standing on a stage somewhere playing in a side-band. Leave the Pantera reunion crap alone, the only reason it would happen is for the money and that's wrong.
    SofaKingMatthew
    That's the thing with blaming Phil. It wasn't all his fault. He took the scapegoat because the media made him a scapegoat by fueling the fires of feuds. If anyone remembers correctly, Great Southern Trendkill wasn't that popular of an album, fans started turning their back on them. Dime seemed like he almost phoned in that album with none of the amazing solos from previous efforts -- the ones that started disappearing on Far Beyond Driven. Reinventing the Steel was supposed to be their comeback album but by then they had lost the fire. Going to see them live was like watching a repeat of a bad sitcom. Pantera crumbled, because of a lot of reasons with poor tour receipts being one of the defining factors. Then Rex got all uppity about the content of the songs, Phil went on his own merry way, and then Damage Plan, and THEN Dime's death. When Dime died you could find Pantera tapes and CD's in the cut out bin, for $2.00. Let's not forget that Pantera's demise occurred right at the time of the advent of illegal downloading, as well. It was more than just Phil. It was a lot of things that ended Pantera, with the fans being just as responsible as the band, themselves. Also, yes, his voice is gone. While the thought of seeing Pantera in all of it's glory might be enticing, whatever would come of a reunion would just be a poor attempt to re-live a part of history then ended when Trendkill came out.
    howyjr
    I can't say I agree with you on his solos being any less amazing on Great Southern Trendkill and after. "Floods" is one of my fave solos of his. But I think you are pretty spot on with the rest
    kikomarty
    A band needs all its members to work correctly. But for me Phil has to take major credit in the bands demise. Trendkill ruled and Pantera pulled massive live numbers. The brothers could not even contact Phil properly during the trendkill recordings. They were not even present during phils vocal takes. His drug problem ruined the band. There are many videos showing Phil talking down to the brothers live. I remember seeing Pantera and Phil sang half the show from a near comatose state lying on the ground or leaning against a fold back. The rest of the band were flawless. Vinnie is doing the right thing. Dime cannot be replicated, move forward not dwell in the past.
    SarwTheGreat
    As someone who has a twin brother, I've gotta be on Vinnie's side on this. I can't imagine how that must have been to have gone through something like that. I mean sure, peoples siblings and loved ones die unexpectedly a lot, unfortunately, in life. But to actually watch that guy shoot your own brother on stage and kill him. How do you unsee something like that. How do you even think about getting over it. I don't think you would, I wouldn't thats for sure. If the whole idea of Pantera brings those feelings and memories back up I would say no too. A lot of people may want to see a Pantera tribute tour or whatever, but I say leave it alone, if you think he should do it though you really are very selfish and completely inconsiderate of other people in a very unhealthy way
    TomWhaley
    I agree with Vinnie. He might have a more personal take on it, since Dime is family, but his point still stands. Zakk won't do it justice. He isn't Dimebag. He isn't the same type of player. He isn't his brother. Let Pantera rest. Do some covers every once in a while, but please, don't "reunite" the band.
    Avenue13
    Personal blah blas aside, there's no reunion without him so if he's not interested then **** it! Try asking apple to do an iPhone 3 reunion and see how far that goes!
    smittyanthrax
    Its the same article recycled over and over.Im on Vinne,s side with this.His brother was murdered in front of his own eyes.How could you ever get over that?They really need to stop raising this topic as its never going to happen.