Should PHILIP ANSELMO and REX BROWN tour under the name PANTERA? ACCEPT’S WOLF HOFFMANN weighs in

TO ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffman weighed in on the news that PANTERthe surviving members Philip Anselmo (singing) and Rex Brown (bass) will unite with guitarist Zak Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) for a world tour under the PANTER banner.

Anselmo and Browntogether with Wylde and blessingwill headline a number of major festivals in North America and Europe and perform some of their own headline concerts.

According to Billboardthe lineup has been given the green light by the estates of the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbottlike Brownwho said last year Wylde would not tour with PANTER if there was a reunion. It’s not clear what made him change his mind.

Hoffmanna 62-year-old German-born musician who currently splits his time between Florida and Nashville, discussed his views on the PANTER comeback in a new interview with meltdown from Detroit’s WRIF radio station. Asked what he thinks? Anselmo and Brown again touring under the PANTER name, Wolf said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I don’t know. Who am I to talk to? I’m the last original guy in my band, so I shouldn’t [talk]. I think… It’s a big world, and if they want to do it that way, I’m fine with it… What’s the harm? It’s just music, and if people love the music and the concerts, is it really that important?”

He continued: “At the end of the day, it’s all about the appeal that the name has, I think. If they called it differently, maybe it would sell fewer tickets. So that’s the motivating factor. I don’t’ I don’t think anyone does something with it. I think they’re just doing it to sell more tickets and get more publicity that way, and I think that’s legitimate in a way.”

Asked if he was a fan of dime bagplays, Wolf said, “No. I didn’t like that kind of… No.”

Talk about a possible PANTER “reunion” intensified when Anselmo became a regular member Wylde‘s BLACK LABEL SOCIETY to perform PANTERthe song “I’m exhausted” during DOWN‘s 2014 stint at the “Revolver Golden Gods Tour”. That buzz only got stronger after that Brown joined the jam on May 23, 2014 as the tour swung around Texas.

Until his passing, Vinnie stayed on non-speaking terms with Anselmowhat the drummer indirectly blamed dime bag‘s death.

Vinnie Paul and dime bag co-founder PANTER. When PANTER broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGE PLAN. On December 8, 2004, during a performance with DAMAGE PLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, dime bag was shot onstage by a troubled schizophrenic who believed the members of PANTER were stealing his mind.

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