From the day that Pantera split up back in 2003, people have been talking about a possible reunion. This was especially true after the tragic death of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott back in December of 2004. People want his music to be honored live by the remaining members of the band, and apparently, those people include some members of Korn as well. In an interview done with Horns Up Rocks! back in July, James “Munky” Shaffer and Ray Luzier were asked about the possibility of a reunion, to which they said:
"I would love to be a part of that show. Yeah, that would be insane."
"Zakk [Wylde], he'd be the perfect [guy to do it]. 'Cause he… To this day, every time I talk to Zakk, he's always looking to the sky, he kisses the sky towards Dime. I don't think he ever got over it. He never, ever got over it."
"Maybe this is a good way for him to put some closure on it. It's an homage and also it's a good way to celebrate the life and the music [Dimebag] left us with. I think [there isn't] a better memorial than to kind of resurrect those songs. I'd be there in a fucking minute [if it happened]."
You can watch the interview here:
Obviously, the reunion is sought after, but what’s the possibility of it actually happening? Well, pretty slim, to be honest. It’s no secret that Vinnie Paul Abbott has come out and said that a “true” reunion will never be possible. Even earlier this year he’s stated:
"It's unfortunate that people go, 'Oh, wow, man, they can get Zakk Wylde to jump up there on stage and it's Pantera again.' No, it's not, you know. It's not that simple. If Eddie Van Halen was to get shot in the head four times next week, would everybody be going, 'Hey, man, Zakk, go play for Van Halen. Just call it Van Halen.' You see what I'm saying? I mean, it's really selfish for people to think that, and it's stupid. It's not right at all."
"They call it a reunion for a reason. It's called bringing the original members back to what it was. So there's a lot of these things that they call reunions that aren't really reunions. They've got one dude from the band floating around in them, you know. That's not a true reunion. With Pantera, it'll never be possible."
It’s not only Abbott’s comments that have made the reunion seem out of reach, it’s mostly the fact that Abbott hasn’t spoken to Phil Anselmo or Rex since the band broke up in 2003.
The main point isn’t even a reunion, though. As nice as a reunion would be, it would be nice to have a proper send off for Dimebag, with different guitarists coming together to celebrate his legacy. Maybe one day Abbott can make peace with the rest of the band, and do a one-time-only show somewhere. It’s obvious that many people want it to happen, and that money wouldn’t be an issue, it just comes down to Abbott.