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Pantera Play First Live Show In Over Two Decades, Setlist And Footage Available (Updated)


Whether you consider it a “celebration” or an actual reunion, the fact remains that Pantera hit the stage tonight (December 02nd) for their first live concert since August 26th of 2001. By now you’re likely well aware that this new version of the storied cowboys from hell only features two actual former members: vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist/vocalist Rex Brown.

Both guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott have sadly left this mortal coil, leading Anselmo and Brown to recruit some replacements. Taking up the places of the aforementioned brotherly duo on stage are Zakk Wyle (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) on guitar and Charlie Benante (Anthrax) on drums.

With this version of the Texan trendsetters trendkillers having been given the blessing from the estates of both of the Abbott brothers, a wealth of shows have been booked under the Pantera name. Per early comments from the newcomers involved with the trek,  the legacy of the fallen members as well as the groove metal masters ‘back catalogue will be celebrated live at each stop.

Tonight saw the ‘Hell & Heaven Metal Fest‘ in Toluca, Mexico serve as the launching pad for this new chapter of the band, who still arguably hold the title of the heaviest album to ever hit #1 on the Billboard 200 with their 1994 masterpiece “Far Beyond Driven“.

The setlist for this highly anticipated live return ran as follows:

A New Level
Mouth For War
Strength Beyond Strength
I’m Broken
Use My Third Arm
5 Minutes Alone
This Love
Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit
Fucking Hostile
Planet Caravan” (Black Sabbath cover)
Cowboys From Hell
Domination” / “Hollow

Initial fan-filmed footage from the show has emerged online and can be found below. As for the group’s future touring plans, here’s what they currently have lined up:

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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