Billboard reports:

Nearly 20 years after breaking up, Pantera‘s surviving members are hitting the road for a long-hyped reunion tour in 2023 and 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.

Pantera is one of the most successful and influential bands in heavy metal history, combining elements of hardcore and thrash to create a menacing sound that many acts have tried to replicate. Created 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, with new singer Phil Anselmo and the 1992 follow-up Vulgar Display of Power, with the simplicity of tracks like Walk gaining the band mainstream popularity.

Mixing raw aggression and energy with chunky thrash riffs and Anselmo’s deep growling range, Pantera gained a reputation for being one of the hardest-hitting major label acts of the 1990s. Their most successful album was 1994’s Far Beyond Driven, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. According to representatives for the band, Pantera has sold more than 20 million albums. They’ve also earned platinum status for five albums and three long-form videos and received four Grammy nominations. The band’s most recent album, Reinventing the Steel, was recorded in 2000 and followed by a hiatus in 2001.

“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 unclear who will fill in for the brothers on the tour. Last year, Anselmo told podcaster Paolo Baron that he and bassist Rex Brown had been discussing a reunion tour for a few months, but didn’t give any hints other than Brown stating emphatically that a rumored comeback with Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde on guitar was not happening.

Pantera is managed by Scott McGhee of 1 Degree Music Entertainment. The band’s legal representative is Nick Ferrara and Associates. Pantera is booked internationally by Rod MacSween at ITB.

7 Responses

  1. Well this is going to be interesting. On one hand I feel Phil and Rex have every right to tour as Pantera. They were certainly a huge part of the band’s history and equally as important as the Abbott’s in my opinion. On the other hand I feel like there is no Pantera without the Abbott’s. It’s not my decision to make but I kind of feel they should rename the band to one of the album titles or perhaps just call it a tribute to Pantera featuring Phil and Rex. Part of me feels like the music should be celebrated and who better to do it than Rex and Phil? Part of me feels like they should pull a Zeppelin and just let the legacy rest and maybe do a show or two a year.
    If Zakk isn’t playing guitar, who is? Kerry King?? Scott Ian?? Who is on drums? Mike Portnoy? Guys from the illegals? I was never in Pantera so my opinion means nothing. But as a fan it is a very interesting discussion to have man.

  2. I agree this shouldn’t be called Pantera. I saw someone else say that a tour with Zakk and Vinnie in 2015 would have been different (and I hoped for that). It’s almost like “Well the last standing Abbott is dead, now we can do something.”

    1. I TOTALLY agree with Nathan’s comment that it seems like the two surviving members said, “Well, the last Abbott is dead, now we can do something.” Judging by initial public reaction, that perception seems to be shared by a lot of Pantera fans – and it’s not a good one.

      That said, I’m sure their rabid fans will come out in droves to see them on tour.

  3. It isn’t Pantera without the Abbot brothers when Dime died Any reunion died with him and Vinnie’s death the nail in the coffin.

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