Fans eager for Pantera’s upcoming “reunion” tour next year with Zakk Wylde on guitar should check out this video of one of their first times playing together – August 8, 2000, at Ozzfest. Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne’s ax man and leader of the Black Label Society, stuck with them in Cincinnati on the grooved metal hammer of “Primal Concrete Sledge”.
Black Label Society was one of the opening acts on the main stage that year on Ozzfest with Pantera the penultimate act before Ozzy. Pantera was still a full band at the time with Dimebag Darrell on stage. This very friendly, if short, meeting of strength between Pantera and Zakk, 23 years before an official engagement, is captured in a superb video from the series. There are also some nasty bells and whistles.
At 2:53 into the video, Wylde appears on stage for a mutual pat on the back with singer Phil Anselmo. But he is not alone ! He is holding a chain with what appears to be a rather large Rottweiler on the other end (pictured below). Anselmo holds the dog as Dimebag walks over and puts his guitar around Wylde.
Zakk and Phil greet each other on stage at Ozzfest 2000
Wylde does a quick but impressive shredding as he is generously fed half a cup of beer by Dimebag. (Thanks bro!) Wylde ends by swinging the guitar, manipulating the sustain, as the video cuts to a blonde woman showing off her top to the camera. There are actually quite a few of those NSFW moments during the song.
Phil clings to Zakk’s Rottweiler
It was a phenomenal performance from Pantera before Zakk arrived. That Zakk joins them on the reunion tour in 23, plus the dog, and all the other chocolate eggs here make this a must-watch video right now. Then watch a bonus video with Anselmo and Pantera bassist Rex Brown performing with Black Label Society in 2014 in the Homeland, Grand Prairie, TX. Enjoy!
Zakk Wylde and his dog join Pantera Jam at Ozzfest 2000 for
“Primary Concrete Mud” (NSFW)
Pantera’s Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown join the Black Label Society on “I’m Broken” in 2014
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