Pantera begin teasing their return to live performance

Ahead of their performance at Mexico City’s Heaven & Hell Festival, scheduled for Friday December 2nd, Pantera have finally begun to announce their long-awaited return to the stage. Aside from a brief promo video posted to the band’s social media in August, which confirmed the rumor at the time that Pantera were “reuniting”, remaining original members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown have been relatively quiet since the reunion was announced. It’s all a bit strange considering guitarist Zakk Wylde and drummer Charlie Benante have been open and talkative about the reunion in recent interviews, but that could also be because they have big shoes to fill by celebrating the Brothers Vinnie Paul and Dimebag replace Darell — the backbone of Pantera.

However, it appears that things are starting to change this week as Pantera bassist Rex Brown has finally shed some light on the band’s upcoming shows. Brown took to Instagram to post a photo of himself with Wylde and Benante in what appears to be the band’s rehearsal space. The photo was captioned with the following statement:

“Get ready folks, this is going to be one hell of a ride…and more!! This was the start of the ZW sessions which grew into a monster…5 days to Mexico City!! Screw in…..”

Shortly after Brown’s post, the band’s official social media pages followed with another short teaser video, briefly showing the four members getting ready in what may be the same rehearsal space.

While the video doesn’t offer much about what the band’s stage production for these shows will be like, it did show Zakk Wylde wielding one of his own signature guitars rather than one of Dime’s personal Washburn or Dean axes. It was originally rumored by Dimebag’s former guitar tech (returning as Zakk Wylde’s tech) that Wylde would be using some of Dime’s signature gear for the Pantera reunion shows. Of course, the band’s rehearsal gear might be different from the gear they use when they finally take the stage, but neither the promo video nor Brown’s Instagram post show Wylde Dimes using gear.

While it seemed like a rather minor nuance, fans seemed to take notice and in the comments voiced their hope for a return of Dime’s gear. Considering the reunion lineup made it clear that they want to honor the Abbott brothers at these shows, hopefully that means as close as the actual sound and aesthetic that both Dime and Vinnie brought to Pantera possible to come.

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