pantera,pantera reunion,zakk wylde dimebag,zakk wylde pantera,zakk wylde guitar,zakk wylde dimebag darrell, ZAKK WYLDE Discusses Trying To Play Like DIMEBAG For Upcoming PANTERA Tour: “I’ Am Not Expecting Myself To Sound Like DIME”

Guitarist Zakk Wylde says that he is going to sound like himself when he performs “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott’s parts on the forthcoming PANTERA tour

Zakk spoke about playing guitar in the upcoming PANTERA tour in a new talk with Guitar World, saying: “No matter what I do, it’s going to sound like me. I can practice all I want and stay as faithful as I want, but I am never going to escape that. It’s like if Randy Rhoads were to play Eddie Van Halen‘s ‘Eruption‘. No matter what he did, it would sound like Randy playing, not Eddie. You’re never going to mistake Randy for Eddie or Eddie for Randy, and it’s the same thing here with me playing Dime’s stuff.”

As for how he plans to approach playing the material, he said: “I am going to go in, learn the parts, be as faithful to what Dime did as possible, and just be me. I’m gonna have fun with it, knowing that I am not expecting myself to sound like Dime, and no one else should either, which is how it is when I play with Ozzy or whatever else.”

Zakk also confirmed that he will in fact be using Dimebag’s actual gear from the late guitarist’s collection, including “some of Dime’s heads, pedals, or the cabs.” He added: “I’ll be using my guitars, effects, and pedals, a lot of the pedals that Dime actually gave me, and yeah, I’ll definitely be using some of Dime’s pedals and stuff, too. I’m still working out how it’ll all come together, but I am looking forward to seeing how it all flows once I do. Dime’s tech, Grady [Champion], is gonna be coming down too, which is great. I’ve got my tech, but it’ll be great to have Grady here to help pay tribute to Dime.”

Confirmed PANTERA shows thus far:

Dec. 02 – Texicoco, Mexico – Hell & Heaven Metal Fest
Dec. 06 – Monterrey, Mexico – Monterrey Metal Fest
Dec. 09 – Bogotá, Colombia – Knotfest Colombia
Dec. 11 – Santiago, Chile – Knotfest Chile
Dec. 12 – Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
Dec. 15 – São Paulo, Brazil – Vibra São Paulo (with JUDAS PRIEST)
Dec. 18 – São Paulo, Brazil – Knotfest Brazil