Zakk Wylde On Playing Dimebag’s Parts On Upcoming Pantera Tour: “No Matter What I Do, It’s Going To Sound Like Me”

During a recent interview with Guitar World, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) opened up about having to fill in for the late great “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on Pantera’s upcoming tour. The guitarist says no matter how faithfully he plays the material, it is still going to sound like him.

Wylde said the following:

“No matter what I do, it’s going to sound like me. I can practice all I want and stay as faithful as I want, but I am never going to escape that. It’s like if Randy Rhoads were to play Eddie Van Halen’s ‘Eruption’. No matter what he did, it would sound like Randy playing, not Eddie. You’re never going to mistake Randy for Eddie or Eddie for Randy, and it’s the same thing here with me playing Dime’s stuff.”

“I am going to go in, learn the parts, be as faithful to what Dime did as possible, and just be me. I’m gonna have fun with it, knowing that I am not expecting myself to sound like Dime, and no one else should either, which is how it is when I play with Ozzy or whatever else.”

He went on to say that he may use “some of Dime’s heads, pedals, or the cabs” as well:

“I’ll be using my guitars, effects, and pedals, a lot of the pedals that Dime actually gave me, and yeah, I’ll definitely be using some of Dime’s pedals and stuff, too. I’m still working out how it’ll all come together, but I am looking forward to seeing how it all flows once I do. Dime’s tech, Grady [Champion], is gonna be coming down too, which is great. I’ve got my tech, but it’ll be great to have Grady here to help pay tribute to Dime.”

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