PANTHER has just taken the stage with Mexico Hell & Heaven Metal Fest. The show, which marks the band’s first live performance in over 20 years, features PANTHER‘s reformed line-up, consisting of surviving members Rex Brown (bass) and Philip Anselmo (vocals) together with guitarist Zak Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Charlie Benante (MILDEW).
The first video and pictures of the concert can be seen below. More footage and photos will be added as the night progresses.
01. A new level
02. Mouth for war
03. Strength beyond strength
05. I’m broken
06. Use my third arm
07. Pull The Waters
08. This love
09. Yesterday don’t mean shit
10. Fucking hostile
11. Planet Caravan (BLACK SABBATH cover)
12. 5 minutes alone
13. Cowboys from hell
14. Dominance / Hole
It was first reported in July Anselmo and Brown would unite with Wylde and Benante for a world tour during PANTHER banner.
The band will headline a number of other major festivals in North America, South America and Europe and hold some of their own headlining shows. They will also support METALLICA on a massive North American stadium tour in 2023 and 2024.
According to Billboardhas the lineup been given the green light by the properties after the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbottas well as Brownas last year said Wylde would not tour with PANTHER if a reunion were to take place. It is unclear what changed his mind.
PANTHER playing two shows in Mexico this month – Hell & Heaven Metal Fest and Monterrey Metal Fest — followed by performances at three o’clock Button party festivals in South America. There will also be a one-off show THE PRIEST OF JUDAS in São Paulo, Brazil and a headline concert in Santiago.
Earlier this week Benante told Metal Edge: “The first show with PANTHER gets a little unnerving. I’m probably going to need a few drinks to be honest with you, to calm me down… I need that first PANTHER show below the belt.”
Asked if he is looking forward to performing anything special PANTHER track, Benante said”: “I enjoy every single one of them. When I look down the list, I’m like, ‘Oh, I like this song,’ that kind of thing. There are also two odd songs in there that I don’t think they played consistently throughout [their] set. Those are the two songs I enjoy playing the most, I think.”
As for the criticism floating around on social media about relaunching PANTHER mention more than two decades since the group played their last show, and all the talk that it wasn’t a true reunion without Vinnie and Dime, Benante said, “First of all, it’s not a reunion. It’s a celebration of the music. If you saw the thing that went out, it was like,”PANTHER with …’ the four of us. Those two guys are part of this and who else is? Vinnie and Dime is not here, then Philip and Rexthey were that band too. [They] deserves to be there as much as anyone. I sometimes see the negative stuff and I’m just like, ‘This is so ridiculous, man.’ Just enjoy hearing those songs again.”
Benante told SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” on how he plans to approach it PANTHER concert: “I can’t go and do this as a drummer MILDEW because it would be a completely different sound. So the way I want to do it is if you close your eyes it will sound like it is Winnie, basically. And so it will be. The sound is going to sound exactly like him.”
Wylde said he had a similar mindset. “You approach it in the same way as you do when I play along Ozzy“, he said. “Of course I have to learn [Randy] Rhoadss thing and I have to learn Jake‘s [E. Lee] thing and when I made it [BLACK] SABBATH thing, you learn it and do it as faithfully as you can. Charliemust learn it all Vinnie‘s parts. You approach it like you’re in a cover band. When we do ZAKK SABBATH thing,” referring to his BLACK SABBATH cover band: “I don’t start changing lyrics halfway through ‘War Pigs’. You learn the songs – so that’s what you do.”
A year ago, Anselmo said he was ready to be reunited with Brown for a special tour celebrating the music of PANTHER. The 54-year-old singer, who has spent the past few years playing a PANTHER-centered set with his solo band, THE ILLEGALdiscussed the possibility of teaming up with his ex PANTHER bandmate during an interview with Brazil’s Inside with Paulo Baron. Asked if he and Rex would be open to play some shows to celebrate PANTHERthe legacy, Anselmo said: “If Rex and I had a show to play or we were ever going to be on stage together again, I would welcome it with open arms. I love Rex. And he would be the same way. We are brothers forever. So playing on stage together or doing some shows together is not out of the question. It could happen.”
In April 2021, Rex told Eon music that he and Philip still getting offers on one PANTHER tribute trip. “But if you don’t have the other guys in the band, it’s not going to sound the same,” he said. “If we were ever going to do something like that, it had to be spot-on, or I wouldn’t do it. It would be a tribute.”
Talk about a possible PANTHER “reunion” intensified when Anselmo regularly joined Wylde‘s BLACK LABEL SOCIETY to perform PANTHER‘s song “I’m Broken” during DOWN2014 effort on “Revolver Golden Gods Tour”. That buzz only got stronger after Brown joined the jam on May 23, 2014 as the tour swung through Texas.
Until his passing, Winnie remained on non-speaking terms with Anselmowhich the drummer indirectly blamed Dime bag‘s death.
Vinnie Paul and Dime bag co-founder PANTHER. When PANTHER broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGE PLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGE PLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dime bag was shot dead on stage by a disturbed schizophrenic who believed that the members of PANTHER stole his thoughts.
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Posted by Vynil on Friday, December 02, 2022