PHIL ANSELMO On Possibility Of PANTERA Reunion: ‘I Would Welcome It With Open Arms’

Phil Anselmo

In a new interview with Brazil’s Inside With Paulo Baron, Phil Anselmo said that he is up for reuniting with Rex Brown for a special tour celebrating the music of PANTERA.

When asked if he and Rex would be open to playing some shows in celebration of PANTERA‘s legacy, Anselmo responded: “I think Rex sees what I’m doing with the ILLEGALS and he likes it. He’s just, like, ‘That’s great,’ because the more I keep PANTERA alive, it’s good for him too.

“I think Rex is very happy doing his solo records and stuff, and I think he’s been in the studio; he’s got his own thing going on. And I think right now in life, we are content to do things this way.

“If Rex and I had a show to play, or we were ever gonna be on stage again together, I would welcome it with open arms. I love Rex. And he’d be the same way. We’re brothers forever. So playing on stage together, or doing some shows together, is not out of the question. It could happen.”

During an interview with Eonmusic this past April, bassist Rex Brown was asked if there is any chance for PANTERA reunion with Zakk Wylde on guitar, to which he responded: “It’s going to come up, and it wouldn’t be Zakk Wylde, I guarantee you that. I’ve just put it out there so we can get on past it.”

In a 2019 interview with Chile’s Humo NegroPhil Anselmo was asked if he would ever consider getting together with bassist Brown to perform PANTERA classics at a show.

“I’m open for anything,” he responded. “And Rex and I, we are in touch and we talk. We’re friends and everything’s cool. So, I keep an open mind – I keep an open mind. We’ll see in the future.”

Speaking about the possibility of a hypothetical PANTERA tribute tour with Rex on bass and Zakk Wylde on a guitar filling in for the late “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, he said: “Well, Zakk is a busy man,” he said. “He does his own band, he does stuff with Ozzy and all that stuff.

“We spoke about it maybe one time,” he continued. “And I think everybody – everybody – is… I guess they’re like me. Keep an open mind about it. We’ll see.

“But I know from all the hard work with THE ILLEGALS here to make those songs right, all of us, we would have to take time off and really practice together and get everything perfect. So it’s a lot of work. And I’m doing a lot of bands, man, right now. [But] if everything was lined up, I would do it – sure. F*ck yeah! Why not?”