Daryl "Bobby Tongs" Arnberger, videographer and close friend of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, recently did an in-depth podcast interview with Landry.audio. According to a Blabbermouth.net piece recapping the interview, Arnberger said that Dimebag wanted to reunite Pantera in the weeks leading up to his untimely death.
His quote on Dimebag's desire to reform Pantera follows:
"Oh, yeah. He would have. The last time I saw him was in November of 2004. I was about to go back out with Slipknot or Manson, one of the two. And I went over to his house. I was just talking to him briefly about everything. He was, like, 'We're gonna go out and do this [DAMAGEPLAN] tour through December, and I'll see you for Christmas and everything. After that, we're gonna have some new shit going on. And it's not gonna be this. Whatever it takes, we're gonna get these guys back together and do it right.' … He was saying he was gonna do everything he could. He was pretty much done with what they [DAMAGEPLAN] were doing at that point. He wanted to move on and go back to Pantera."
Arnberger was the official videographer for Pantera and Damageplan. The interview goes into detail about Pantera's early glam days, the arrival of singer Philip Anselmo, the evolution of the band's sound, Anselmo's struggles with drug addiction, Pantera's breakup, Dimebag's frustration with Damageplan toward the end, and Arnberger's current relationship with surviving bandmembers. You can now listen to the full conversation at the Blabbermouth link above.