Lamb of God Singer Randy Blythe: Pantera “Made the Right Choice in Who They Picked”


Supporting his previous comments about the Pantera reunion (or “celebration,” if you prefer), Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe said that Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown made the right choice in choosing Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante to complete the lineup.

“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 manymanymany 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.”

Blythe spoke to Consequence in October 2022, where he said similar.

“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. 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. 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.”

Pantera are playing a ton of dates on Metallica’s upcoming world tour.

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