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ZAKK WYLDE teams up with POSITIVE GRID for signature smart guitar practice amp


Positive Grid, in collaboration with Zakk Wylde and Wylde Audio, presents the Spark MINI Zakk Wylde Edition smart guitar practice amp.

Limited to 100 units, each Spark MINI O’ Doom is hand-signed and numbered by Zakk Wylde — the legendary OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY founder and current PANTERA touring member. A custom front grille featuring BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s iconic “Skully” design is also included.

Fans can sign up at positivegrid.com/pages/zakkwylde between February 14 and February 28, 2023. Then 100 lucky entrants will be selected at random for their chance to purchase this limited-edition customized collaboration.

For the full Zakk Wylde experience, fans can also harness his unmistakable tone with five signature presets created to emulate quintessential tones from his famed career — all accessed via Positive Grid‘s exclusive ToneCloud tone-sharing community.

Wylde is one of the most recognizable and celebrated guitar players in the world. A dominant figure both musically and literally, the irony of collaborating on such a compact amp is not lost on him. As he shared, “Holy shit, these things are tiny. But they’re loud as hell! These custom BLS Spark MINIs look incredible, and they’ll look even better on your desk. I’ve had one on tour with me over the last couple weeks, and it hasn’t left my side.”

The portable, battery-powered Spark MINI smart guitar practice amplifier packs a punch with surprisingly loud, multi-directional sound and easy-to-use onboard controls. Its free accompanying app unlocks a world of custom tones and smart features for practicing and playing. Spark MINI can also be used as a Bluetooth audio speaker for streaming music or an audio interface for recording musical ideas.

Find out more or sign up for a chance to purchase the Spark MINI Zakk Wylde Edition at positivegrid.com/pages/zakkwylde.

About Positive Grid: Musicians. Engineers. Disrupters. The team at Positive Grid makes it their mission to remove all barriers to enjoying and making music. Innovative product design is at the core of Positive Grid‘s “one more thing” philosophy, as they focus on forward-thinking, intuitive products with new technologies that quickly become must-have, can’t-do-without features. Positive Grid‘s current portfolio is packed with best-selling guitar technology solutions. These include the groundbreaking Spark family of smart guitar amps and Bluetooth speakers. The BIAS line of guitar processing amps & effects software and apps. And the RIFF guitar audio interface and software solution. Every Positive Grid product helps guitarists tap into their creative force to encourage a deeply personal connection with music — because making music should always be life-altering.

PANTERA has a string of dates throught Europe, America and South Aerica scheduled so far. Reportedly, there are negotiations going on about making new music.

It was first reported in July that Anselmo and Brown will unite with Wylde and Benante (ANTHRAX) for a world tour under the PANTERA banner.

Anselmo and Brown, along with Wylde and Benante, will headline a number of major festivals across North America, South America and Europe and stage some of their own headline concerts.

According to Billboard, the lineup has been given a green light by the estates of the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, as well as Brown, who last year said Wylde wouldn’t tour with PANTERA if a reunion were to happen. It’s unclear what changed his mind.

PANTERA will play its first shows in over 20 years in December 2022, starting with a co-headlining slot at Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest and Monterrey Metal Fest, followed by appearances at three Knotfest festivals in South America. There will also be a one-off show with JUDAS PRIEST in São Paulo, Brazil and a headlining concert in Santiago.

Remaining confirmed dates so far:

May 26 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Armeets Arena
May 27 – Bucharest, Romania – Metalhead Meeting Open Air Festival
May 30 – Budapest, Hungary – Barba Negra
May 31 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
Jun. 2-4 – Nürburgring, Germany – Rock Am Ring
Jun. 2-4 – Nürnberg, Germany – Rock Im Park
Jun. 05 – Lodz, Poland – Atlas Arena
Jun. 8-10 – Hyvinkää, Finland – Rockfest
Jun. 10 – Sölvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 12 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 Arena
Jun. 13 – Berlin, Germany – Verti Music Hall
Jun. 15 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell
Jun. 15-18 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun. 21 – Hamburg, Germany – Edel Optics
Jun. 22-24 – Oslo, Norway – Tons Of Rock

Benante told SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” about how he plans to approach the PANTERA gig: “I can’t go do this as the drummer from ANTHRAX because it would be a different sound completely. So the way I’m gonna do that is if you close your eyes, it’s gonna sound like it’s Vinnie, basically. And that’s how it’s gonna be. The sound is gonna sound exactly like him.”

Wylde said that he had a similar mindset. “You approach it the same way as you do when I’m playing with Ozzy,” he said. “Obviously I’ve gotta learn (RandyRhoads‘s stuff and I’ve gotta learn Jake‘s (E. Lee) stuff, and when I was doing the (BLACKSABBATH stuff, you learn it and do it as faithful as you can. Charlie‘s gotta learn all of Vinnie‘s parts. You approach it as if you’re in a cover band. When we do the ZAKK SABBATH stuff,” referring to his BLACK SABBATH cover band, “I don’t start changing lyrics midway through ‘War Pigs’. You learn the songs — so that’s what you do.”

A year ago, Anselmo said that he was up for reuniting with Brown for a special tour celebrating the music of PANTERA. The 54-year-old singer, who has spent the past few years playing a PANTERA-centric set with his solo band, THE ILLEGALS, discussed the possibility of re-teaming with his former PANTERA bandmate during an interview with Brazil’s Inside With Paulo Baron. Asked if he and Rex would be open to playing some shows in celebration of PANTERA‘s legacy, Anselmo said: “If Rex and I had a show to play, or we were ever gonna be on stage again together, I would welcome it with open arms. I love Rex. And he’d be the same way. We’re brothers forever. So playing on stage together, or doing some shows together, is not out of the question. It could happen.”

In April 2021, Rex told Eonmusic that he and Philip still get offers for a PANTERA tribute tour. “But if you don’t have the other guys in the band, it’s not going to sound the same,” he said. “If we were ever to do something like that, it would have to be spot-on, or I wouldn’t do it. It would be a tribute.”

Talk about a possible PANTERA “reunion” intensified when Anselmo regularly joined Wylde‘s BLACK LABEL SOCIETY to perform PANTERA‘s song “I’m Broken” during DOWN‘s 2014 stint on the “Revolver Golden Gods Tour”. That buzz only got stronger after Brown joined the jam on May 23, 2014 when the tour swung through Texas.

Up until his passing, Vinnie remained on non-speaking terms with Anselmo, whom the drummer indirectly blamed for Dimebag‘s death.

Vinnie Paul and Dimebag co-founded PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by a troubled schizophrenic who believed that the members of PANTERA were stealing his thoughts.

PANTERA is managed by Scott McGhee of 1 Degree Music Entertainment. The band’s legal representative is Nick Ferrara And AssociatesPANTERA is booked internationally by Rod MacSween at ITBArtist Group International will book PANTERA‘s North American dates, with Dennis Arfa and Peter Pappalardo as the responsible agents.

Pantera is one of the most successful and influential bands in heavy metal history, combining elements of hardcore and thrash to create a menacing sound that many acts have tried to replicate. Created by late brothers Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott on drums and “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on guitar, Pantera broke through following the release of their fifth album, 1990’s Cowboys from Hell, with new singer Phil Anselmo and the 1992 follow-up Vulgar Display of Power, with the simplicity of tracks like “Walk” gaining the band mainstream popularity.

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