The reformed Pantera played its first U.S. concert in 22 years (since 2001 in the Tacoma Dome) on May 6th at the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally in Panama City, FL.
The current lineup includes surviving members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown, along with guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax). This line-up performed in Latin America and Europe before returning to the U.S. Anselmo, Brown Wyld and Benante are pictured left to right above.
Following a set at the Welcome to Rockville Festival in Daytona Beach later this month and a European tour, Pantera will launch an extensive North American trek toward end of July through early October before joining Metallica‘s “M72” World Tour.
Wylde replaced Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott, who was fatally shot in 2004 by an audience member during a Damageplan show in Columbus, OH.
Benante stepped in for Dimebag’s brother, drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who passed away in 2018.
Damageplan was Dimebag and Vinnie Paul’s post-Pantera band.
Pantera began recording in the early 1980’s but is best known for their 90’s albums – “Cowboys From Hell” (1990), “Far Beyond Driven” (1994) and “The Great Southern Trendkill” (1996) – all of which went platinum (1,000,000 units moved). “Vulgar Display Of Power” (1992) achieved double platinum status.