The first confirmed Pantera reunion shows will occur as part of Slipknot‘s South American Knotfest dates. The reunited lineup of original members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown alongside Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante will perform alongside Slipknot, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, and more in Colombia, Chile, and Brazil this December.
The run of festival dates begins on December 9th in Colombia where Pantera will headline alongside Judas Priest, with support from Bring Me the Horizon, Trivium, Hypocrisy, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, Sol, and more to be announced. From there, Knotfest meets up with its namesake Slipknot in Chile on December 11th and Brazil on the 18th where the band will share headliner status with Pantera and Priest along with sets by Bring Me the Horizon, Mr. Bungle, Trivium, Sepultura, Motionless in White, Vended, and Project 46.
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These newly announced concerts will mark Pantera’s first since August 28th, 2001 at the Beast Feast in Yokohama, Japan. Following the onstage murder of founding guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott in 2004 and the death of his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, from natural causes in 2018, Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante have been tapped as replacements for the long-speculated reunion tour.
Benante recently made headlines when, at an Anthrax meet-and-greet, he told fans that the reunited Pantera lineup would only play “select” shows. When asked if it would be a full-blown tour, the drummer reportedly replied, “I don’t think so.” Furthermore, when asked about criticism the reunion has met from fans, the drummer had two words for detractors: “Don’t come.”
Visit the Knotfest website for tickets and scroll down for a full show-by-show lineup breakdown.
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