With the reformed Pantera - composed of Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante - set to play their first show together on December 2, at the Heaven and Hell Open Air festival in Mexico, the band's social media accounts have kicked into gear to offer reminders of this much-debated reunion is all about.
Last night, November 27, a 34-second video teaser for the quartet's 2022/2023 tour was posted, declaring that the group's comeback - taking place without the late Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, obviously - is being staged, 'For the brothers. For the fans. For legacy.' The fact that the very first comment beneath this post on Instagram reads "For the money" is a reminder, however, that not everyone is on board.
Rex Brown, however, promises that fans are in for "one hell of a ride".
The bassist posted a picture of him with Wylde and Benante on social media, along with the message: "Get ready folks, this is gonna be one hell of a ride…and then some! This was the start of the ZW sessions that grew into a Monster. Five days ‘til Mexico City! Bolt in..."
Anthrax's Frank Bello came out in favour of the reunion last week, telling WRIF, "I think it's a great thing. Can you imagine the people that haven't seen this are gonna see these songs live? I think it's great for metal. I think it's great to pay tribute to Dime and Vinnie. I'm looking forward to it. I think when people see it, they're gonna bug out, because they're gonna do it right.
"It's, like, 'Yeah, man, wait 'til you see this.' This music should be celebrated. We're part of this metal thing, this metal family."
Pantera's world tour is scheduled to play:
Dec 02: Toluca de Lerdo Hell & Heaven Open Air, MEX
Dec 06: Monterrey Metal Fest, MEX
Dec 09: Bogotá Knotfest, COL
Dec 11: Santiago Knotfest, CHI
Dec 12: Santiago Movistar Arena, CHI*
Dec 15: Sao Paulo Vibra, BRA#
Dec 18: São Paulo Knotfest, BRA
May 26: Sofia Armeets Arena, BUL
May 27: Bucharest, Metalhead Meeting Open Air Festival, ROM
May 30: Budapest Barba Negra, HUN
May 31: Vienna Gasometer, AUS
Jun 2-4: Nürburgring Rock Am Ring, GER
Jun 2-4: Nürnberg Rock Im Park, GER
June 06: Lodz Atlas Arena, POL
June 12: Prague O2 Arena, CZE
June 13: Berlin Verti Music Hall, GER
June15: Copenhagen Copenhell, DEN
June 21: Hamburg Edel Optics, GER
Jun 22-24: Oslo Tons Of Rock, NOR
* Headline show
# with Judas Priest