Pantera are back! Well, kind of. According to their team as well as Phil Anselmo they are, at least. As many know, Pantera was an outfit featuring the legendary guitarist, Dimebag Darrel as well as Vinnie Paul pounding away on the drums. Sadly, those two are no longer with us. With that said, Phil still wants to do a tour that would feature songs of the past. Fans are torn about this.
A year ago, Anselmo said that he was up for reuniting with Brown for a special tour celebrating the music of Pantera. The 54-year-old singer, who has spent the past few years playing a Pantera-centric set with his solo band, albeit a rather cringy name – The Illegals, discussed the possibility of re-teaming with his former Pantera bandmate during an interview with Brazil’s Inside With Paulo Baron.
Asked if he and Rex would be open to playing some shows in celebration of Pantera’s legacy, Anselmo said: “I think Rex sees what I’m doing with the Illegals and he likes it. He’s just, like, ‘That’s great,’ because the more I keep Pantera alive, it’s good for him too.
Phil: “I think Rex is very happy doing his solo records and stuff, and I think he’s been in the studio; he’s got his own thing going on. If Rex and I had a show to play, or we were ever gonna be on stage again together, I would welcome it with open arms. I love Rex. And he’d be the same way. We’re brothers forever. So playing on stage together, or doing some shows together, is not out of the question. It could happen.”
Phil also squashed any rumors that Zakk Wylde would take place of Dimebag, though Blabbermouth.net are reporting that Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante are rumored to be the new members of Pantera. Some fans have speculated about Nita Strauss as well as the new guitarist.
In February 2020, Dimebag’s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney said she would “definitely” be in favor of Anselmo, Brown and Wylde teaming up for a Pantera tribute tour. A few days later, Brown weighed in on her comments, writing on Twitter: “I wanna make sure that ppl understand what I’m about to tweet.. It’s not up to Rita to say what will happen, only what Philip & I say…I’m in!! Dig?!?!?”