The names of Zakk Wylde and Dimebag Darrell are intently linked, now greater than ever. Not solely is Wylde presently honoring the late heavy steel icon as a part of Pantera’s ongoing tour, the pair have been additionally shut pals, having first met means again on the 1994 Monsters of Rock Present in England.
You’d assume, given their offstage friendship, heavy steel bond and shared appreciation for the electrical guitar, that the 2 titan would have been buying and selling licks each probability they acquired.
Properly, in response to Wylde, that wasn’t the case. In reality, the Black Label Society axeman stated he and Dimebag by no means even jammed collectively once they weren’t onstage.
Not less than, that’s what he revealed within the newest difficulty of Guitar World, which accommodates an in-depth exploration of Wylde’s Pantera exploits previous and current. It was after recounting his appreciation for Dimebag that he dropped the stunning revelation, saying the pair prioritized having “a very good time collectively” over the rest.
“It was a mixture of the whole lot,” Wylde responded when requested in regards to the supply of their friendship. “Between the enjoying, the ingesting, how we matched our stilettos and our fishnets with our eyeliner and our rouge – all the everyday stuff that brings fellas collectively. [Laughs]”
As for any potential jamming, although, that was strictly second fiddle to the duo’s different alcohol-related actions. In different phrases, jamming minimize into “ingesting time”.
When requested in the event that they’d jammed through the years, Wylde replied, “No. Why would we try this? Let’s see. We may very well be at an Irish pub someplace laughing our asses off or we may very well be engaged on writing some new music. Hmmmm. I feel we’ll be on the Irish pub! [Laughs]”
However boozing wasn’t the one factor that stood in the best way of jam classes, with Wylde additionally mentioning the geographical obstacles that have been imposed on the 2 ingesting buddies.
“Severely, man. There was no time to jam,” he continued. “They reside in Texas. I used to be out in California. At any time when we acquired collectively it was simply to have a very good time.”
Such obstacles, nonetheless, proved to be no match for the pair’s penchant for getting hammered collectively – whereas regaling Guitar World with the tales of his and Dimebag’s ingesting escapades, Wylde recalled how he and his pal would drink collectively over the telephone.
“Once we began hanging out, in fact, we drank, however more often than not ingesting with Dime could be over the telephone,” he defined. “We talked on the telephone on a regular basis for a number of hours simply ingesting away.
“We’d make one another cry, we’d be laughing so onerous. However each time we acquired collectively it was all the time hilarious – nothing however pure comedy. And typically we brought about mayhem.”
Such “mayhem” included trashing a automobile that Pantera producer Terry Date had borrowed from his buddy, getting so drunk at Dimebag’s home he missed a flight house to assist his spouse care for his or her two new child youngsters, and “simply tons of silliness and stupidity”.
Regardless of the emphasis on such extra-curricular actions, a part of the dialog was certainly reserved for the gear aspect of Wylde’s ongoing Pantera stint, for which he used a Guitar World purchaser’s information to pick out the one pedal he wanted to channel Dimebag’s tone.
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