Watch Fan-Filmed Footage Of Pantera’s New Lineup Performing “Cowboys From Hell” During Soundcheck

Tonight (December 2), Pantera will be taking the stage for the first time in over 20 years at the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest in Toluca, Mexico. As such, the band, who now consist of vocalist Phil Anselmo, bassist Rex Brown, guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax), recently took part in a soundcheck before the big show. You can see some fan-filmed of them running through “Cowboys From Hell” below:

Vinnie Paul’s Estate: “There Is No Better Way To Celebrate And Honor Vinnie And Dime’s Legacy, Than To Bring The Music Of Pantera Directly To The Fans”

As previously reported, Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown will soon be returning to the road under the Pantera banner without the late great Abbott brothers, Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell. Now, Vinnie Paul’s estate have officially commented on the situation, saying “there is no better way to celebrate and honor Vinnie and Dime’s legacy, than to bring the music of Pantera directly to the fans.”

The following statement was issued:

“There can never be a PANTERA reunion without Vinnie and Dime. However, there is no better way to celebrate and honor Vinnie and Dime’s legacy, than to bring the music of PANTERA directly to the fans. We are honored that Charlie [Benante] and Zakk [Wylde], their very close friends and musical brothers, will share the stage with Philip and Rex, to unleash the power of PANTERA live around the world. The Vincent Paul Abbott Estate“

Here’s the band’s current dates:

2022:

12/02 Toluca, MEX – Hell & Heaven Metal Fest
12/06 Monterrey, MEX – Monterrey Metal Fest
12/09 Bogotá, COL – Knotfest Colombia
12/11 Santiago, CHL – Knotfest Chile
12/12 Santiago, CHL – Movistar Arena
12/15 São Paulo, BRA – Vibra São Paulo (feat. Judas Priest)
12/18 São Paulo, BRA – Knotfest Brazil

2023:

05/26 Sofia, BUL – Armeets Arena
05/27 Bucharest, ROM – Metalhead Meeting Open Air Festival
05/30 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
05/31 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
06/02-04 Nürburg, GER – Rock am Ring
06/02-04 Nuremberg, GER – Rock im Park
06/05 Lodz, POL – Atlas Arena
06/08-10 Hyvinkaa, FIN – Rock Fest
06/10 Solvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock Festival
06/12 Prague, CZE – O2 Arena
06/13 Berlin, GER – Verti Music Hall
06/15 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
06/21 Hamburg, GER – Edel Optics
06/22-24 Oslo, NOR – Tons Of Rock
06/28-07/01 Vivero, SPA – Resurrection Fest
07/02 Bologna, ITA – The Return Of The Gods Festival

With Metallica and Mammoth WVH:

08/04 East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium
08/11 Montreal, QC – Stade Olympique
08/18 Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
08/25 Los Angeles, CA – Sofi Stadium
09/01 Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium
11/03 St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center
11/10 Detroit, MI – Ford Field

2024:

With Metallica and Mammoth WVH:

08/02 Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
08/09 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
08/16 Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
08/23 Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
08/30 Seattle, WA – Lumen Field

Charlie Benante Shares Photos From Pantera Rehearsals

Pantera, who now consist of vocalist Phil Anselmo, bassist Rex Brown, guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax), have started rehearsing for their upcoming tour. Benante shared some photos from the sessions on Instagram, along with the following message:

“2 weeks in NOLA with these boys, it’s been a lot of work but how could it not?. So much heart and soul is going into it.This is all about the Love for Vinnie and Dime ,the fans and the music that these 4 created.I’m really enjoying playing these songs -they sound Great! It’s very emotional and it’s just starting to hit me… see you soon, I need a drink 🥃”

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 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]

Zakk Wylde & Charlie Benante Comment On Taking Part In Upcoming Pantera Tour

As previously reported, vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown are planning to hit the road on a Pantera tour next year with guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax) set to fill in for the late Abbott brothers. Now, during an appearance on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Wylde and Benante further commented on the opportunity.

Wylde said the following:

“It’s gonna be awesome. The fellows have always… When Vinnie was still with us, it was always rolling around that, ‘Zakk, would you honor Dime and all of us get together and do this thing?’ And I said, ‘Fellows, whenever you wanna do this thing, I’ll be over here waiting in the dugout and in the bullpen. And just call me when you need me and I’ll learn everything and we’ll go do this.’

Throughout the years, there’s always been rumblings about it, so it wasn’t until, obviously, now… I was speaking on the phone with Phil — we might have been all on a group call — but Phil was just, like, ‘Zakk, would you honor Dime and would you play?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, Phil. Of course. I’ve always said I would. Of course.’ I said, ‘If you guys wanna go do it, then let’s do it.’”

Benante went on to say that they intend to keep things as authentic as possible:

“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.”

The drummer also confirmed that he was initially approached about the tour last year:

“Oh, man. December [of last year]. End of December. I was talking to Philip, and then he just mentioned this. And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, sure. Whatever.’ And then it became real about January [or] February… To this day, if it happens, if there’s one show that’s played, great.”

He later added:

“[Anthrax] go back a long way [with Pantera] — ’86, maybe even ’85. We played a show at a place called Cardi’s in Houston, and Pantera were the opening band. It was in [April] ’86. Helstar was on the bill. It was the first time we met them. My friendship with Darrell goes a long way, and I love both of those guys so much.

So, for me, it was a very emotional thing to do this. That’s what it’s all about — it’s all about those two guys and doing it… I don’t wanna see anybody else doing it but me, ’cause I’m gonna do it right.”

Wylde went on to say that the trek will be “a Pantera celebration”:

“Whenever [the idea of doing a tribute has] come up, you’re celebrating the guys and you’re celebrating all their achievements and their greatness. And that’s what it is. ‘Cause everybody was just, like, ‘How can they call it a Pantera reunion?’ And I go, ‘Well, it’s Phil and Rex getting back together,’ ’cause they haven’t played together for a while.

I go, ‘It’s a Pantera celebration.’ That’s what it is. It’s no different than Mitch [Mitchell] and Noel [Redding] from ‘Experience Hendrix’ asking Eric Clapton to come out and sing and play Jimi‘s [Hendrix] stuff and honor him, and they’re gonna go out and honor Jimi Hendrix.

To me, it’s the same thing. With Ozzy, we honor Saint Rhoads every night. Every time we’re playing ‘I Don’t Know‘, ‘Mr. Crowley‘ — everything — you’re honoring Randy. To me, it’s an extension of that. You’re honoring Dime, you’re honoring Vinnie and you’re honoring Phil and Rex, all the guys, their achievements, what they achieved as Pantera and all the mountains they conquered. That’s the way I look at it. That’s the way I’ve always looked at it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde & Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Officially Set To Tour With Pantera Next Year

According to Billboard, guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax) will be joining Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown on their 2023 tour. The lineup has reportedly been approved by the estates of the late Vinnie Paul and the late Dimebag Darrell. It was also cleared by Brown, who previously said he didn’t want Wylde to take part in a potential tribute tour. The upcoming trek is expected to feature headlining shows and appearances at major festivals across North America and Europe.

Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde & Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Rumored To Take Part In Pantera’s 2023 Tour (UPDATED)

UPDATE: The lineup has now been confirmed.

Original Story:

According to an unconfirmed rumor that was recently shared by Blabbermouth, guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax) will be filling in for the late Abbott Brothers during Pantera’s reunion tour next year. Further details on that trek are still pending, but it was previously revealed that vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown are working on it with Artist Group International. Stay tuned for updates regarding an official announcement.