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Pantera Share Photos From Reunion Rehearsals

Iconic thrash metal band Pantera has reunited. Their first major tour in more than 20 years will kick off in South America on December 2 when they play at the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest in Texicoco, Mexico. Over the weekend, fans got the first look at the new lineup of the group thanks to social media.

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante — who is filling-in for late original Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul — posted a pic of their reunion rehearsals on Sunday that featured him jamming in the studio with longtime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, who will be playing late guitarist Dimebag Darrell’s parts. Also in the candids were longtime bassist Rex Brown and vocalist Phil Anselmo.

“2 weeks in NOLA with these boys, it’s been a lot of work but how could it not?,” Benante wrote. “So much heart and soul is going into it. This is all about the Love for Vinnie and Dime, the fans and the music that these 4 created.” Charlie said he’s really enjoying playing the songs, which he promised “sound Great! It’s very emotional and it’s just starting to hit me...see you soon, I need a drink.”

Pantera was founded by late brothers Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott on drums and “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on guitar. The reunion tour was given the green light by both mens’ estates. Pantera broke through after the release of their fifth studio album, 1990’s Cowboys from Hell, with then-new singer Anselmo and the 1992 follow-up, Vulgar Display of Power. “Dimebag” Darrell was murdered in 2004 while performing on stage during a show with his band Damageplan in Columbus, Ohio. Vinnie died in 2018 from natural causes including heart disease.

In addition to the shows in Latin America and Mexico, Pantera are playing three Knotfests (in Colombia, Chile and Brazil), as well as a run of European festivals in 2023.

See photos from Pantera's reunion rehearsals below.

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Article Image: The new members of Pantera rehearse before embarking on their tour. (Charlie Benante via Instagram.)

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