In a recent interview with The SDR Show, Zakk Wylde shared his approach to playing Dimebag Darrell‘s parts in the Pantera celebration tour. He added that even though they were close friends, he needs to get acquainted with the material before he can be up on stage.

Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, alongside Philip Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown, came together to continue Pantera’s legacy with a world tour. The band will be on the road to headline several festivals across North America and Europe.

Pantera will co-headline the first night of Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest alongside Judas Priest. There are several festivals, such as Foro Pegaso in Toluca, the Monterrey Metal Fest, Knotfest Colombia, Knotfest Chile, and Knotfest Brasil, for which the band will get on stage to perform for their fans.

Before hitting the stage to perform for fans, Wylde recently shared that he has to get ready and learn to play the Pantera tracks. He added that although he was close with Dimebag, he wasn’t familiar with his material. Furthermore, he noted that if Dimebag were to play his stuff, he would also need to learn and practice beforehand.

Zakk Wylde’s words about Dimebag Darrell’s parts he can’t play:

I don’t know how to play the songs. If Dime had to play the ‘No More Tears’ solo and ‘Mama, I’m Coming Home’ and ‘Miracle Man’ and ‘Perry Mason’ and play ‘Suicide Messiah,’ it’d be, like, ‘You must know Zakk’s stuff.’ He would be, like, ‘No. I don’t know any of his stuff. Zakk’s my buddy, but no, I don’t know any of his stuff.'”

You can watch the interview below.