Pantera Make First UK Performance In Over 20 Years


Pantera Make First UK Performance In Over 20 Years

Pantera took the stage at the Download festival in Donington Park, UK on Saturday (June 15th) for a headline set on the Opus stage for their first UK performance in over 20 years.

The current incarnation of the group announced in 2022 that original frontman Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown had recruited Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and longtime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde to come together to celebrate the band's legacy.

They took the stage at Download and rocked a 12-song set including "Mouth For War", "Becoming", "This Love", "Floods", "Walk", "Cowboys From Hell" with an encore of "F'ing Hostile".

Fans in the U.K. and Ireland will have the opportunity to see the band again when they return early next year for a five-date tour that will be kicking off in Glasgow on February 18th and wrapping up in London on February 25th.

Back in 2022, after news broke about the reformation of the group, Wylde was asked by Matt Pinfield and Jose Mangin of Danny Wimmer Presents at the Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival in Mansfield, Ohio about it. He said, "When Vinnie (Paul, drummer for Pantera) was still alive, when the fellows were all talking about doing it, I just always told 'em, I said, 'Guys, of course I would... If you asked me, why would I not do it? I'm gonna honor Dime.' It'd be like Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell asking Eric Clapton if he would go out and honor Jimi [Hendrix] and Eric playing Jimi's stuff and singing Jimi's songs and they're going out as The Jimi Hendrix Celebration. And he's gonna honor his buddy and he's gonna play his songs. I think it's a beautiful thing. It's like when we do the Dimebash, it's a celebration of Dime's greatness. I think this is a Pantera celebration, that's what it is."

Zakk continued, "It's a beautiful thing. You're celebrating Vinnie and Dime's greatness and you're celebrating all the mountains that Pantera conquered and crushed."

He also explained, "Obviously, it's not Pantera. Pantera is those four guys, it's Phil, Rex, Dime and Vinnie. But it's just like when Zeppelin went out with Jason Bonham playing, it was phenomenal. I told Jason, I was just, like, 'Dude, you crushed it, man.' It's a great thing just to hear them play that music again."

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