Should PHILIP ANSELMO and REX BROWN tour as PANTERA? ACCEPT’s WOLF HOFFMANN speaks
I ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffman weighed in on the news that PANTHERsurviving members Philippe Anselme (singing) and Brown Rex (bass) will unite with the guitarist Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, THE BLACK BRAND SOCIETY) and drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) for a world tour under the PANTHER banner.
Anselm and Brownin the same way wyld and Benantewill headline a number of major festivals in North America and Europe and stage some of their own signature concerts.
According Billboardthe formation received the green light from the estates of the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbottas good as Brownwho said last year wyld wouldn’t run with PANTHER if a meeting should take place. We don’t know what changed his mind.
Hoffmanna 62-year-old German-born musician who currently splits his time between Florida and Nashville, shared his views on the PANTHER back in a new interview with Merger from Detroit WRIF radio station. asked what he thinks of Anselm and Brown on tour again under the PANTHER Last name, Wolf said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I don’t know. Who am I to talk? I’m the last original guy in my band, so I shouldn’t [talk]. I guess… It’s a big world, and if they want to do it that’s fine with me… What’s the harm? It’s just music, and if people love music and love concerts, does it really matter that much?”
He continued: “Ultimately it all comes down to how appealing the name has I guess. If they were to call it something else then maybe it would sell fewer tickets. So that’s the factor. motivational I don’t I don’t think anyone means anything bad about it I think they just do it to sell more tickets and get more publicity that way and that’s, I suppose somehow, legit.
We asked him if he was a fan of dime bagplay, Wolf said, “No. I wasn’t so much into that kind of… No.”
Talk about a possible PANTHER “meeting” intensified when Anselm joined regularly wyldit is THE BLACK BRAND SOCIETY perform PANTHERthe song “I’m broken” during DOWNin 2014 on the “Tour of the Golden Gods of the Revolver”. This buzz only got stronger after Brown joined the jam on May 23, 2014 when the tour passed through Texas.
Until his death, Vinnie remained on silent terms with Anselmwhom the drummer indirectly blamed dime bagit’s death.
Vinnie Paul and dime bag co-founded PANTHER. When PANTHER separated in 2003, they formed DAMAGE PLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGE PLAN at Villa Alrosa in Columbus, Ohio, dime bag was shot on stage by a troubled schizophrenic who believed members of PANTHER stole his thoughts.