As the fateful day draws nearer and the world gets a glimpse of what Pantera sounds like with Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante filling in for the late “Dimebag” Darrell and Vinnie Paul, metal artists continue to express their support for the effort. The latest to share his feelings on the matter was Anthrax bassist Frank Bello, whose band toured extensively with the original iteration of Pantera.
While speaking with Detroit radio station WRIF, as transcribed by Blabbermouth, Bello reflected on his relationship with the guys in Pantera and the fact that the reunion/tribute/whatever you want to call it was happening in the first place.
“Dime and Vinnie, rest their souls — God rest their souls — but they would be happy, I think, seeing this, because Charlie and Zakk were family to those guys. So I think it’s a big celebration. So I’m excited.”
This isn’t the first time Bello’s given the idea his blessing, nor is it the first time he’s said he thinks the Abbotts would approve. Still, with so many people with personal connections to the OG Pantera saying how stoked they are for it and how the actual members would have reacted, it’s hard not to think this could be pretty sweet.
So long as Zakk can finish learning Dime’s parts via YouTube guitar tutorials, that is.