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The Estate Of Vinnie Paul Abbott Issues Statement Regarding Impending Pantera ‘Reunion’


The estate of the late Pantera/HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott has issued a statement regarding the impending return of Pantera to the stage. That storied Texan groove metal outfit will be playing their first live show since 2001 this coming Friday, December 02nd.

The legendary outfit will be kicking off their run with a performance at this year’s ‘Hell & Heaven Metal Fest‘ In Toluca, Mexico. With both Vinnie Paul and his brother, guitar legend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, having passed away, Pantera‘s vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist/vocalist Rex Brown have seen fit to resurrect the group.

To do so, they recruited two of the Abbott brother’s close friends, guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax.)

It was reported by Billboard earlier this year that the estates of both of the Abbott brothers had signed off on the Anselmo and Brown‘s decision to once again perform the band’s catalog under their established moniker.

A post shared via Vinnie Paul‘s social media tonight (November 30th) reflects that, while also putting a bit of cold water on the ‘reunion’ talk. It reads as follows:

“There can never be a PANTERA reunion without Vinnie and Dime. However, there is no better way to celebrate and honor Vinnie and Dime’s legacy, than to bring the music of PANTERA directly to the fans. We are honored that Charlie and Zakk, their very close friends and musical brothers, will share the stage with Philip and Rex, to unleash the power of PANTERA live around the world.

The Vincent Paul Abbott Estate

Notably the social media pages of Dimebag have been actively promoting the band’s forthcoming touring plans, which now include shows with Metallica and another newly announced European festival stop (in Bologna, Italy.)

As it currently stands, Pantera have the below shows booked with a tour of North America also expected in 2023 as well. Here’s what the returning cowboys from hell have booked:

12/02 Toluca, MEX – Foro Pegaso (‘Hell & Heaven Metal Fest‘)
12/06 Monterrey, MEX – Monterrey Metal Fest
12/09 Bogotá, COL – Knotfest Colombia
12/11 Santiago, CHL – Knotfest Chile
12/12 Santiago, CHL – Movistar Arena
12/15 São Paulo, BRA – Vibra São Paulo (feat. Judas Priest)
12/18 São Paulo, BRA – Knotfest Brazil

05/26 Sofia, BUL – Armeets Arena
05/27 Bucharest, ROM – Metalhead Meeting Open Air Festival
05/30 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
05/31 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
06/02-04 Nürburg, GER – Rock am Ring
06/02-04 Nuremberg, GER – Rock im Park
06/05 Lodz, POL – Atlas Arena
06/08-10 Hyvinkaa, FIN – Rock Fest
06/10 Solvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock Festival
06/12 Prague, CZE – O2 Arena
06/13 Berlin, GER – Verti Music Hall
06/15 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
06/21 Hamburg, GER – Edel Optics
06/22-24 Oslo, NOR – Tons Of Rock
07/02 Bologna, ITA – The Return Of The Gods Festival

08/04 East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium (feat. Metallica & Mammoth WVH)
08/11 Montreal, QC – Stade Olympique (feat. Metallica & Mammoth WVH)
08/18 Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium (feat. Metallica & Mammoth WVH)
08/25 Los Angeles, CA – Sofi Stadium (feat. Metallica & Mammoth WVH)
09/01 Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium (feat. Metallica & Mammoth WVH)
11/03 St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center (feat. Metallica & Mammoth WVH)
11/10 Detroit, MI – Ford Field (feat. Metallica & Mammoth WVH)


08/02 Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium (feat. Metallica & Mammoth WVH)
08/09 Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (feat. Metallica & Mammoth WVH)
08/16 Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium (feat. Metallica & Mammoth WVH)
08/23 Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium (feat. Metallica & Mammoth WVH)
08/30 Seattle, WA – Lumen Field (feat. Metallica & Mammoth WVH)

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