Zakk Wylde says replicating Dimebag Darrell’s playing style is impossible: “It's like if Randy Rhoads played Eruption, it would sound like Randy, not Eddie Van Halen”

Zakk Wylde and Dimebag Darrell
(Image credit: Scott Dudelson / Tim Mosenfelder)

Earlier this year, the guitar world looked on in anticipation when it was confirmed that Pantera’s surviving members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown would be reuniting for a 2023 tour.

That anticipation heightened when it was later announced that Black Label Society electric guitar titan Zakk Wylde had been drafted in to fill the place of the late Dimebag Darrell, with Anthrax’s Charlie Benante also coming on board to play drums in place of the late Vinnie Paul Abbott.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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