We’ve been in a holding pattern for weeks with a “will they, won’t they” situation brewing as interest and controversy continually swirled around the Pantera reunion/tribute/celebration. Well, today we finally know at least three dates that Pantera will be playing thanks to the organizers of Knotfest Colombia, Knotfest Brazil, and Knotfest Chile.
According to the posts, featured below, Pantera will be playing alongside other metal titans like Judas Priest, Venom, and Sepultura. To wit, the announced dates are as follows:
So far, those are the only dates we have on hand. These shows are sure to be huge events, even if all the haters of this iteration of Pantera decide to stay home.
It makes sense that such a marquee band would get their touring started on a huge stage. That being said, none of the guys involved are strangers to playing big shows. Pantera in its current iteration is comprised of surviving members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown, as well as Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante, who are filling in for the late “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and Vinnie Paul Abbott, respectively.
Today’s announcement also leaves the question of how many dates the band will play in the coming year. Benante has gone on the record saying that Pantera will only be playing a “select” set of shows, but such a huge act being relegated to a handful of festival shows seems unlikely.