For many metal guitarists, the thought of playing with PANTERA would be a dream come true. But when the offer was put out to CREED / ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti by Rex Brown , he refused even to contemplate it and auditioning for it.
During a recent interview with Overdrive in Ireland, Tremonti was asked if he’d accept the offer to fill Z akk Wylde ‘s spot for PANTERA ‘s comeback shows.
“Hell no! [ Laughs ] A number of years ago, I was talking with Rex [ Brown , PANTERA bassist] at the Download festival, and he was talking about a possible PANTERA reunion,” Tremonti responded. “He looked at me and said, ‘You should put your name in the hat’, and I was like, ‘No way, man.’ You have to be a certain type of personality to take on that role.
“It’s not just about the playing, it’s very much the personality, and Dime [late PANTERA guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott ] had a huge presence. Put it this way, nobody’s gonna flip off Zakk Wylde onstage. They very well might do that to me, but there’s just no way I would put myself in that situation.”
As previously reported, PANTERA surviving members, Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown , reformed the band with Zakk Wylde on guitar (from OZZY OSBOURNE and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY ) and Charlie Benante on drums (from ANTHRAX ). They will be playing at festivals all over North America, South America, Europe as well their own headline concerts.
According to Billboard , the lineup has been given a green light by the estates of the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , as well as Brown , who last year said Wylde wouldn’t tour with PANTERA if a reunion were to happen. It’s unclear what changed his mind.