Pantera To Perform At Monterrey Metal Fest

Pantera, who now feature Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), and Charlie Benante (Anthrax), have added another date to their upcoming tour. The band will be performing at the Monterrey Metal Fest in Monterrey, Mexico on December 6. That event will take place at Estadio Mobil Super and it will also include performances from Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, Behemoth, Stryper, and more.

Pantera’s Phil Anselmo Pays Tribute To Dimebag Darrell And Vinnie Paul During Down’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival Set

During Down’s September 9 set at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Alton, VA, Phil Anselmo dedicated “Lifer” to his late Pantera bandmates, Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. The frontman said the following:

“This next song goes out to Dimebag and Vince. I want you all to throw down. If you know these motherfucking lyrics, sing this shit with me. This is one called ‘Lifer.'”

This news comes as Pantera are preparing to return with a new lineup consisting of Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), and Charlie Benante (Anthrax).

Pantera Recruit Dimebag Darrell’s Former Guitar Tech For Upcoming Shows

Grady Champion, the former guitar tech of the late Dimebag Darrell, has confirmed that he will be involved in Pantera’s upcoming “reunion” shows. He will be onboard to “run effects and help bring Dime’s tone to the party.”

Champion commented:

“Ok. For all the people I’ve ghosted, and anyone else who is interested. I’m doing a thing. I signed on for the Pantera tour. @dimebagzhag has allowed me access to some of Dime’s gear and I’m bringing it for Zakk [Wylde]. I’m not his tech, he has a bad ass, long-time one. The plan for now is for me to run effects and help bring Dime’s tone to the party. The details of the rig and stuff are still to be worked out yet.

I started with Pantera and I will end with Pantera. I didn’t know the ‘right’ thing to think, to say, to do. When I saw the headline like everyone else, I threw up, sweaty palms, heart was freaking out, I had seen that headline 1000 times in my nightmares.

After it sunk in and I spoke to everyone, I felt like I would be crazy to turn my nose up and say f that. I need to be involved IF I am needed, turns out I am needed, and I’m fkn doing it.

Thanks to my family, @bossladychampion Garrett Champion Landon Champion for understanding and LETTING me do this for me, for the cause, for my fallen brothers. I wouldn’t be ANYwhere in life if it hadn’t been for Dime and his belief in me. So I HAVE to go represent.

Anyways, not too good with words, but heart is on the sleeve here.

Anyone that brings up ‘money grab’ has no concept of reality. How much it takes from people to do this. More dedication that you’ll ever see, tears, all of it. If you want to hate, don’t go, I don’t want to hear it. If you want a Pantera experience, this is it. We’re giving it hell, and going to give it all there is to give. Philip [Anselmo], Rex Brown, Zakk and Char Benante are going to bring it.

Stonger than all”

Pantera Say Their Upcoming Shows Are “For The Brothers. For The Fans. For Legacy”

Pantera have shared a new video to promote their upcoming live shows. The group, which now features Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), and Charlie Benante (Anthrax), say the concerts are being put on for the late Abbott brothers, the fans, and the band’s legacy. Here’s their current dates:

12/02 Toluca, MEX – Foro Pegaso (Hell & Heaven Metal Fest)
12/09 Bogotá, COL – Estadio Nemesio Camacho El Campín (Knotfest Colombia)
12/11 Santiago, CHL – Estadio Monumental (Knotfest Chile)
12/18 São Paulo, BRA – Anhembi Sambadrome (Knotfest Brasil)

Pantera, Scorpions, Slipknot, Judas Priest, KISS, Etc. Set For 2022 Hell & Heaven Metal Fest

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest. The event will take place at Foro Pegaso in Toluca, Mexico on December 2-4 and it will feature the following daily lineups:

December 2: Scorpions, Pantera, Meshuggah, Arch Enemy, Epica, Cradle Of Filth, Venom, Possessed, Marduk, Vended, Nagflar, Taake, Mortuary, Deadly Apples, Cemican, Obesity, Killbane, El Chivo, Mexxica Kill Us, Minipony, Strike Master, Lineage, Shattered Vessels, and Deborah.

December 3: Slipknot, Judas Priest, Bad Religion, Behemoth, Trivium, Kittie, Heaven Shall Burn, Pain, Unleashed, Benediction, Demolition Hammer, Cryptic Slaughter, Kampfar, Nifelheim, Revocation, Destroyer 666, Especimen, Acidez, S7M, Cruachan, Aetherevm, Garrobos, Artilleria, B Chaos, For Centuries, The Shelter, and Todos Los Muertos.

December 4: KISS, Megadeth, Mercyful Fate, Ska-P, Panteon Rococo, P.O.D., Stryper, Hypocrisy, Tormentor, Butcher Babies, While She Sleeps, Suicide Silence, Einherjer, Soziedad Alkoholika, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Born Of Osiris, 3 Puntos, Nightbreed, Transmetal, Los Mala Vibra, Tulkas, Voltax, Rotten, Hate Ritual, and Surgery.

Pantera To Perform At South American Knotfest Events

Pantera have announced their first three “reunion” shows. The band will be taking the stage at Knotfest Colombia, Knotfest Chile, and Knotfest Brasil with a new lineup consisting of Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), and Charlie Benante (Anthrax). Here’s the dates and lineups for those events:

12/09 Bogota, Colombia – Knotfest Colombia (feat. Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, Pantera, Venom, Trivium, Sepultura, Hypocrisy, Vended, Suicide Silence, Samael, Walls Of Jericho, Acutor, Templa In Cinere, and Ceguera)

12/11 Santiago, Chile – Knotfest Chile (feat. Slipknot, Judas Priest, Pantera, Bring Me The Horizon, Mr. Bungle, Trivium, Sepultura, Vended, Kuervos Del Sur, Weichafe, and Tenemos Explosivos)

12/18 São Paulo, Brazil – Knotfest Brasil (Slipknot, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, Pantera, Mr. Bungle, Sepultura, Motionless In White, Trivium, Vended, Project46, Oitão, and Jimmy & Rats)

In other news, a Knotfest event is also being planned in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Slipknot will headline on December 8, while Judas Priest will headline on December 13.

Watch Anthrax Pay Tribute To The Late Dimebag Darrell With Partial Cover Of Pantera’s “Domination”

During their August 20 show in Detroit, MI, Anthrax celebrated the late Dimebag Darrell’s 56th birthday with a partial cover of Pantera’s “Domination.” You can see footage of that below. This news comes as Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante is preparing to hit the road with Pantera as a fill-in for the late Vinnie Paul.

Pantera Begin Teasing Their Live Return

It looks like Pantera are getting ready to make an official announcement regarding their live return. The band recently shared a teaser on their social media accounts, which you can see below. As previously reported, the upcoming shows will find vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown joined by guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax), who will be filling in for the late Abbott brothers. The group are currently rumored to perform at Knotfest Brasil and the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest. Further concerts are planned as well.

Charlie Benante Says Pantera Will Only Play “Select” Shows

As previously reported, vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown are planning to play some Pantera shows next year with guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax) set to fill in for the late Abbott brothers. Now, while chatting with fans in Orlando, FL, Benante and his Anthrax bandmates commented on Pantera’s return and the impact it will have on their plans.

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Frank Bello said the following about their plans:

Ian: “The Pantera thing is not gonna change anything we’re doing.”

Bello: “We’ll still be working.”

Benante also revealed that Pantera are only planning to play “select” shows. He continued when asked about a full-length tour: “I don’t think so.”

The drummer also had the below exchange with a fan regarding the “flak” Pantera are receiving:

Benante: “Why is there flak?”

Fan: “People are stupid.”

Benante: “There you go”

Benante then addressed the haters, saying “don’t come.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Phil Anselmo: “I Know Dime And Vince Would Want The Legacy And The Name Of Pantera To Go On And On”

During an interview with The Pit, Pantera’s Phil Anselmo reflected on the band’s legacy. Notably, the chat was conducted back in February, before it was revealed that Anselmo and Rex Brown would be hitting the road on a Pantera tour with Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) and Charlie Benante (Anthrax) filling in for the late Abbott brothers. Anselmo said the following:

“Dimebag and Vince always wanted this band to be a legacy band, to be massive, to be our own conduit to success, simply put. I think Dime and Vince — I know Dime and Vince — would want the legacy and the name of PANTERA to go on and on and on and in everybody’s damn face. I know that for sure. Abso-fucking-utely, dude. That would be their biggest dream.”

[via Blabbermouth]