Pantera – at least the new incarnation of the legendary band – played their first show in 21 years on Friday night (December 2nd). The long-dormant act performed a 15-song set at the Hell & Heaven festival outside of Mexico City.
Classic members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass) are joined by guitarist Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax) in the band’s revamped line-up. The latter two have the daunting task of representing late brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, respectively.
Pantera kicked off the set with “A New Level” and then kicked off “Mouth for War”, both from 1992’s Vulgar Display of Power. After that it was four straight songs from 1994’s Far Beyond Driven (“Strength Beyond Strength”, “Becoming”, “I’m Broken” and “Use My Third Arm”). In fact, the set was largely chosen from those two albums.
Other highlights included ‘Fucking Hostile’ and their cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Planet Caravan’, as well as ‘5 Minutes Alone’, ‘Cowboys From Hell’ (which they soundchecked the night before) and the set close, ‘Walk’.
While the shows are billed entirely as Pantera, Vinnie Paul’s estate, along with Wylde and Benante, have been wary of calling the tour a “celebration” rather than a “reunion.” Some fans have expressed dissatisfaction with the group being called Pantera, given Vinnie and Dimebag’s legendary legacies, but judging from video footage of the first show, the band were received with overwhelming enthusiasm at the first performance.
The Hell & Heaven Festival performance was the start of a tour of Latin America that will extend to a December 18 show at Knotfest Brazil in São Paulo.
Heavy Consequence have teamed up with Modern Drummer to offer one lucky winner two tickets and a meet and greet with Benante at one of the band’s upcoming South American shows. Enter the competition here or using the form below.
Pantera are also slated to play shows in Europe next year, in addition to supporting Metallica’s 2023-2024 North American tour.
Enter the contest above and watch the fan filmed video of the Hell & Heaven set, followed by the setlist and upcoming tour dates (with ticket links) below.
Win Pantera tickets and a meet and greet with Charlie Benante
¡El momento esperado!
— LaCarteleraMx (@LaCarteleraMX) December 3, 2022
Pantera Hell & Heaven Festival Setlist:
01. A new level
02. mouth to war
03. Strength Beyond Strength
05. I’m broken
06. Use my third arm
07. Pull out the water
08. This love
09. Yesterday doesn’t mean shit
10. Damn hostile
11. Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath cover)
12. 5 minutes alone
13. Cowboys from Hell
14. Dominance / Hollow
Pantera’s 2022, 2023 and 2024 tour dates (bold = eligible to compete):
12/06 – Monterrey, MX – Monterrey Metal Fest
12/09 – Bogotá, CO – Knot Festival Colombia
12/11 – Santiago, CL – Knot Festival Chile
12/12 – Santiago, CL – Movistar Arena
15.12. – Sao Paulo, BR – Vibra Sao Paulo
18.12. – São Paulo, BR – Knot Festival Brazil
05/26 – Sofia, BG @ Armyts Arena
05/27 – Bucharest, RO @ Metalhead Meeting Open Air Festival
05/30 – Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra
05/31 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
02.06.-04. – Nurburgring, DE @ Rock Am Ring
02.06.-04. – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock Im Park
06/05 – Lodz, PL @ Atlas Arena
06/10 – Sölvesborg, SE @ Sweden Rock Festival
06/12 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena (Tix)
13.06. – Berlin, Germany @ Verti Music Hall
15.06. – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhell
21.06. – Hamburg, DE @ Edel Optics
22.-24.06. – Oslo, NO @ Tons of Rock (Tix)
08/04 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium ^ (Tix)
08/11 – Montreal, QC @ Stade Olympique ^ (Tix)
08/18 — Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium ^ (Tix)
08/25 — Inglewood, CA @ SoFi Stadium ^ (Tix)
09/01 – Glendale, AZ @ State Farm Stadium ^ (Tix)
11/03 – St. Louis, MO @ The Dome at America’s Center ^ (Tix)
10.11. – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field ^ (Tix)
08/02 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium ^ (Tix)
08/09 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field ^ (Tix)
08/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ US Bank Stadium ^ (Tix)
08/23 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium ^ (Tix)
8/30 – Seattle, WA @ Lumen Field ^ (Tix)
^ = Metallica support