Pantera Confirmed For 2023 Blue Ridge Rock Festival
Pantera will be one of eight headliners at next year’s edition of the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, set to take place 7-10 September 2023 in Alton, Virginia.
Pantera recently performed two shows in Chile without bassist Rex Brown. Filling in for him were Cattle Decapitation bassist Derek Engemann, who also plays with Pantera singer Philip Anselmo in both Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals and Scour, and Bobby Landgraf, who previously played with Anselmo in Down.
Earlier this week, Brown released the following statement via Pantera’s social media: “I caught a very mild strain of Covid, but because of our own protocols, I simply do not wanna risk getting my brothers or the crew sick!! I’m feeling better & am on my way to a speedy recovery. Merry Fckn Christmas & see you all next year!”
Pantera are next scheduled to play two shows in São Paulo, Brazil — on Thursday, 14 December with Judas Priest and on Sunday, 18 December at Knotfest Brasil. Joining surviving members Brown and Anselmo in the new lineup are guitarist Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax).
The new Pantera lineup made their live debut on December 2 at Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest and also performed on December 6 at Monterrey Metal Fest in Monterrey, Mexico. The band will headline a number of major festivals across North America and Europe and stage some of their own headline concerts. They will also support Metallica on a massive North American stadium tour in 2023 and 2024.
So far, the following artists have been confirmed for Blue Ridge Rock Festival in 2023:
WOE, IS ME
LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES
BORN OF OSIRIS
ESCAPE THE FATE
THE GHOST INSIDE