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Pantera drummer rules out reunion

Pantera drummer rules out reunion

NO REUNION: Vinnie Paul Abbott, formerly of the band Pantera, says there is no way to have a true reunion without his brother. Photo: Associated Press/ Owen Sweeney

Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has ruled out the possibility of reuniting the band following the death of his guitarist brother Darrell Abbott.

Abbott insists fans pushing for the band to enlist another guitarist to replace his brother for a reunion are being nothing but “selfish.”

He says, “They want what they want; they don’t care what you want. And it’s unfortunate that people go, ‘Oh, wow, man, they can get (guitarist) Zakk Wylde to jump up there onstage 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.”

“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was killed by a gunman while on stage in Columbus, Ohio in 2004.

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