Zakk Wylde addresses Pantera gig cancellations: “There’s nothing I can do about that”

“In terms of my role, it’s always a case of being ready for whatever.”

Zakk Wylde

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Zakk Wylde has weighed in on the recent cancellation of Pantera’s European festival shows, saying there’s little he can do about the situation.

Last month, Pantera were booted from the lineup of two major German music festivals following an outcry over singer Phil Anselmo’s alleged racist behaviour. Shortly after, Vienna’s Gasometer, too, announced that the band will no longer be performing.

Asked to comment on the subject, Wylde — who’s currently filling in for the late Dimebag Darrell on the band’s tours — told Guitar World, “There’s nothing I can do about that, you know what I mean? In terms of my role, it’s always a case of being ready for whatever – as in seeing if the fellas want to add any more songs or anything like that while we’re out rolling together on this tour.

“If I get a call from Phil or Rex and they want to change up the set or do whatever, I’m usually just in the back lounge working on more songs!”

The guitarist also shared what it’s like playing someone else’s music thus far, saying it’s “inevitable” that the parts he play will end up ‘sounding like him’: “If Dime was playing with Ozz and doing my stuff, it would sound like Dime playing the solo to No More Tears or Mama, I’m Coming Home. It would be Dime’s vibrato, Dime’s tone,” Wylde explained.

“It would sound like him playing my stuff. Even if he did it note-for-note, it would sound like him because that’s his sound, you know what I mean?”

“So yeah, we’re having a blast out there playing these songs,” he continued. “I’m just honoured I get a chance to pay tribute to the brothers. It’s a pretty special thing that’s happening right now.”

“I can’t say I have a favourite song or solo, though. Just like when I’m playing with Ozz, I enjoy the whole thing. I love all of it and any of it, from the first note we play to the last note we play. It’s all awesome.”

Meanwhile, Foo Fighters will be replacing Pantera as headliners in the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals in Germany.

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