Video Shows Pantera Soundcheck Ahead of First Concert in 20-Plus Years: Watch

Hear Philip Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde, and Charlie Benante ripping through "Cowboys From Hell"

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Zakk Wylde (photo by Raymond Ahner) and Phil Anselmo (photo by Amy Harris)

    Pantera are set to play their first show in more than 20 years on Friday (December 2nd) at the Hell & Heaven festival outside Mexico City. New video has emerged of the band’s soundcheck, likely filmed last night ahead of the festival’s start.

    As previously reported, classic members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown will be joined by guitarist Zakk Wylde and drummer Charlie Benante for a new run of shows. The latter two are filling the mighty shoes of late brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, respectively.

    The crudely filmed video posted to Instagram (watch below) captures the soundcheck from a long distance, but it’s clearly Pantera, with their name on the backdrop. As soon as Wylde’s guitar kicks in, the person filming and whoever’s with him scream in excitement. Then Anselmo’s familiar vocals get them even more exuberant, as they sing along to “Cowboys From Hell.”


    Update: Pantera played their first show in 21 years on Friday night at the Hell & Heaven fest. See video footage and the setlist here.

    While Vinnie Paul’s estate and the members of the band have been careful not to call it a “reunion,” the shows are being billed as Pantera. As Benante said in an exclusive video that Heavy Consequence posted yesterday, “Basically, the Pantera thing has always been about the celebration — celebrating the brothers Vinnie and Darrell, celebrating the music, and, of course, celebrating the fans.”

    In celebration of the band’s tour, Heavy Consequence and Modern Drummer have teamed up to offer one lucky winner two tickets and a meet & greet with Benante at one of the band’s upcoming South American shows. Enter the contest here or via the widget below.

    In addition to this month’s Latin American run, Pantera are playing shows in Europe next year, as well as supporting Metallica’s 2023-2024 North American tour. See dates and ticket links below.


    Win Pantera Tickets and a Meet & Greet with Charlie Benante

    Pantera’s 2022, 2023 and 2024 Tour Dates (bold = eligible for contest):

    12/02 – Texcoco, MX (Mexico City) – Hell & Heaven Metal Fest
    12/06 – Monterrey, MX – Monterrey Metal Fest
    12/09 – Bogotá, CO – Knotfest Colombia
    12/11 – Santiago, CL- Knotfest Chile
    12/12 – Santiago, CL – Movistar Arena
    12/15 – São Paulo, BR – Vibra São Paulo
    12/18 – São Paulo, BR – Knotfest Brazil

    05/26 – Sofia, BG @ Armeets Arena
    05/27 – Bucharest, RO @ Metalhead Meeting Open Air Festival
    05/30 – Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra
    05/31 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
    06/02-04 – Nürburgring, DE @ Rock Am Ring
    06/02-04 – Nürnberg, DE @ Rock Im Park
    06/05 – Lodz, PL @ Atlas Arena
    06/10 – Sölvesborg, SE @ Sweden Rock Festival
    06/12 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena (Tix)
    06/13 – Berlin, DE @ Verti Music Hall
    06/15 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhell
    06/21 – Hamburg, DE @ Edel Optics
    06/22-24 – 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)
    11/10 – 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)
    08/30 – Seattle, WA @ Lumen Field ^ (Tix)

    ^ = supporting Metallica

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