LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe has commented on PANTERA’s surviving members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass) bringing on guitarist Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) for the current PANTERA tour
Randy discussed his views on the “reunion” of the Phil Anselmo fronted band in a recent talk with El Expreso Del Rock, saying (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Those guys, the PANTERA thing, I mean, that’s their deal. People have different opinions on it. I think they made the right choice in who they picked because I know Zakk was friends with Vinnie and Dime, and I know that Benante from ANTHRAX was friends with Vinnie and Dime for many, many, many years.
So, I think, for them, it’s good, since they’re going to do these shows, that they keep it in the family old school. I think it needs to be someone old school for them. And I think they made the right choice on who they got to play the parts… That’s just my opinion, I think they made the right choice. It’s really not up to me, ’cause I’m not in that band and never have been.”
You can check out the full interview below.
Randy previously spoke about the band’s current tour in an October 2022 interview with Consequence, saying: “I have nothing to say about that whatsoever. And that’s not me being coy, saying ‘I think they should really do it’ or ‘I don’t think they should really do it.’ I don’t say anything about that because I’m not from Texas or Louisiana. I’ve never been in PANTERA. I know all those dudes, and I knew Dime and Vinnie.
“As soon as that happened, a lot people [asked me], ‘What do you think? What do you think?’ I don’t know, man,” Randy continued. “I’m not the one doing it. I guess, apparently they got the blessing of the estate of Dime and Vinnie, so God bless. Whatever. We’ll see how it goes. I’m interested to see how it goes.
“There’s a curiosity level, I think, not from me, really, to tell you the truth, because I saw PANTERA,” Blythe added. “I don’t need to see PANTERA again; I saw PANTERA. But there’s a lot of young people that never saw PANTERA. And, of course, Benante and Zakk were friends with Dime and Vinnie as well.
“I really don’t have any judgment in one way or the other.”