The reformed version of Pantera(Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, with Zakk Wylde on guitar and Anthrax’s Charlie Benante on drums) performed tonight as one of headlining bands at Mexico’s Hell and Heaven Festin Toluca, MX. Tonight was the start of a multi-continent world tour expected to last at least into 2024, including three dates at Slipknot’sKnotfest events in South America this month, 10 dates in Europe and opening for Metallica. The band played a selection of tracks spanning their albums from 1991 – 2000. The stage set up was slightly reminiscent of The band’s tour for the Reinventing The Steel album (Elektra Records, 2000), while a giant video screen showed Pantera’s official music videos, clips from The Pantera “Home Video” series, and paid tribute to Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Check out fan-filmed videos, photos, and the setlist below.
In a post to social media today, one day before the return of Pantera as a touring band, the estate of the late VinniePaul has issued a statement in support of the reformed band’s upcoming shows but it says don’t refer to this tour as a “reunion.” Pantera’s social media accounts have started sharing content ahead of the shows starting this weekend in Mexico, the first under the band’s banner in 21 years and the first without co-founding brothers Vinnie and Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Earlier they shared a full teaser trailer for the band’s first shows in 20 years, kicking off this weekend! This comes days after Rex Brown shared his enthusiasm for the tour in a post, and following drummer Charlie Benante of Anthrax sharing the very first photos of the band inreheasals. The band is gearing up for their very first shows next week, including festivals in Mexico, slots at Slipknot’s Knotfest Chile, Knotfest Brasil, and Knotfest Columbia! They also have already announced several European festivals for next summer, including 10 more dates in Europe. As of this time there are no shows announced for North America.UPDATE:Watch the band perform in Mexico!Continue reading →