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14 July 2022

Pantera To Embark On Reunion Tour In 2023

Pantera, (l to r): Rex 'Rocker' Brown, Philip Anselmo, Diamond Darrell, Vinnie Paul, circa early 1990s/Alamy
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Pantera are to reform, with the surviving members hitting the road for a long-anticipated reunion tour in 2023. Singer Philip Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown have signed with Artist Group International to book their North American dates. Dennis Arfa and Peter Pappalardo will be the responsible agents.

“We are thrilled to be working with such an iconic band and bringing their music back to the fans,” said Pappalardo.

When asked by the Brazilian radio show, Inside With Paulo Baron, about the prospect of a Pantera reunion last year, Anselmo said, “If Rex and I had a show to play, or we were ever gonna be on stage again together, I would welcome it with open arms. I love Rex. And he’d be the same way. We’re brothers forever. So playing on stage together, or doing some shows together, is not out of the question. It could happen.”

In April 2021, Rex told Eonmusic that he and Philip still get offers for a Pantera tribute tour. “But if you don’t have the other guys in the band, it’s not going to sound the same,” he said. “If we were ever to do something like that, it would have to be spot-on, or I wouldn’t do it. It would be a tribute.”

Formed by late brothers Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott on drums and “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on guitar, Pantera broke through following the release of their fifth album, 1990’s Cowboys From Hell. The group’s best-known line-up consisted of the Abbott brothers along with vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown.

“Dimebag” Darrell was murdered in 2004 while performing on stage during a show with his band Damageplan in Columbus, Ohio, while Vinnie died in 2018 from natural causes including heart disease. It’s as yet unclear who will fill in for the Abbott brothers on the upcoming tour.

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