Pantera are selling a limited edition “social distancing” t-shirt featuring lyrics from “Walk” and a parody of the “Vulgar Display Of Power” cover art. You can purchase that HERE. 40% of the proceeds will go towards the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund.
The first full segment of the 2020 edition of late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza’s “Menza Mega Video Vault” series is set to be released on April 25. A clip from the series featuring late Pantera members Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul can be seen below:
The following statement was shared with the footage:
“Getting very close to completing the first full segment from the revamped 2020 “Menza Mega Video Vault” series that will be available on Saturday, April 25, streaming via official Nick Menza Facebook / YouTube.
In this segment, “Behind the scenes with Menza” will feature the late drummer behind the camera filming some very rare unreleased intimate and funny backstage moments with the guys in Megadeth, Pantera, Stone Temple Pilots, “Dimebag” Darrell & Vinnie Paul Abbot, Phil Anselmo, late Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz, Marty Friedman and road crew. The segment will also include unreleased live concert footage of Pantera and Stone Temple captured during October / January of 1992 when Pantera and Stone Temple Pilots opened for Megadeth on the “Countdown To Extinction Tour”
A full documentary – The intimate life and career of Nick Menza – The story of the late, legendary drummer who spent a decade recording and touring with MEGADETH – From he’s early days with MEGADETH to his final project OHM is also in the works Stay tuned!”
Pantera‘s “Reinventing The Steel” officially turned 20 yesterday (March 21) and the band are planning to celebrate by releasing an anniversary edition of the effort later this year. The band commented:
“Reinventing the Steel turns 20 today! We will be releasing a 20th Anniversary edition of Reinventing at some point later this year (More details coming soon). In the meantime, Watch this live show from The Real Steel Tour on February 20, 2001.”
Paul Bostaph (Slayer) has revealed that he is working on a new project with a “friend” who is “very familiar.” He didn’t provide too many details, but a comment from Jason Bittner (Overkill, etc.) seemed to suggest that Bostaph and two other members of Slayer’s final lineup, Kerry King and Gary Holt (Exodus), are working on something with Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.). However, this is just an unconfirmed rumor and Holt previously said that he was planning to focus on Exodus after Slayer’s final tour, so his inclusion seems a bit unlikely.
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Kids between the ages of 9 and 16 recently performed a cover of Pantera’s “Walk” for the O’Keefe Music Foundation. You can see footage of that below:
It looks like Rex Brown is open to doing a Pantera tribute tour with frontman Phil Anselmo and guest guitarist Zakk Wylde. The bassist said “I’m in!!” while responding to a Loudwire story in which Rita Haney, the longtime girlfriend of the late Dimebag Darrell, said that she would be okay with a hypothetical tour.
Haney said the following:
“As far as trying to put Pantera back together? No, that’s distasteful without those other guys. But I think as a tribute, it would be a really great thing because I know, from a fan’s point, if I hadn’t been able to see them play or hear those songs – I can imagine other people as well, I think it’s great that they could at least see it performed, and by people that truly love ’em. So, yeah, I think it would be a really cool thing.”
“I wanna make sure that ppl understand what I’m about to tweet.. It’s not up to Rita to say what will happen, only what Philip & I say…I’m in!! Dig?!?!?”
During an interview with Landry.audio, Daryl “Bobby Tongs” Arnberger, who was a close friend of Dimebag Darrell and a videographer for Pantera and Damageplan, revealed that the legendary guitarist was hoping to reunite Pantera after Damageplan’s 2004 tour. However, that sadly never happened because he was tragically gunned down during a show in Columbus, OH.
Arnberger said the following:
“Oh, yeah. He would have [reunited Pantera.] The last time I saw him was in November of 2004. I was about to go back out with Slipknot or [Marilyn] 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.”
He also went on to say that Dimebag wasn’t happy with Damageplan:
“He didn’t think the other guys [Pat Lachman & Bob Kakaha] were as into it. He obviously didn’t feel the magic as much as he did with the other two guys [presumably Phil Anselmo & Rex Brown.]”