Check out fan-filmed video of ANTHRAX’s Scott Ian and members of LAMB OF GOD joining PANTERA onstage for “Walk”
During the evening of Saturday, August 26, at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California, a remarkable collaboration unfolded on stage. Scott Ian, the guitarist of ANTHRAX, alongside his 12-year-old son Revel, along with members from LAMB OF GOD, Randy Blythe on vocals and Art Cruz on drums, united with the iconic PANTERA.
Their collective presence was felt as they delivered an electrifying rendition of PANTERA‘s timeless anthem “Walk.” The audience captured this memorable moment on camera, and the video capturing this unique performance is available for viewing below.
PANTERA, in its reinvigorated form, initiated their much-anticipated U.S. headlining tour in conjunction with LAMB OF GOD on July 28. The tour’s inaugural show took place at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, marking the beginning of an exciting musical journey.
This dynamic quartet, featuring Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde, and Charlie Benante, has embarked on a world-spanning adventure, headlining prime festivals throughout South America, Asia, North America, and Europe. In an ultimate harmonization of metal forces, which includes a run of dates with METALLICA for an epic North American stadium tour spanning 2023 and 2024.
Surprisingly, the reunion’s green light has been illuminated by the estates of PANTERA‘s founding icons – drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. Notably, back in 2021, Brown had hinted that Wylde wouldn’t grace the PANTERA stage again, but times have changed, and the details behind this shift remain a bit of a mystery.
Stepping back to March, PANTERA took the helm at Japan’s prestigious Loud Park festival, marking a triumphant return to the spotlight. The electrifying two-day event roared to life on March 25 at Intex Osaka in Osaka and surged onwards to March 26 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City near Tokyo.
But PANTERA‘s journey didn’t stop there – in December, they ignited Latin America with a searing seven-show performance. However, the plot thickened when Rex Brown was temporarily sidelined due to a positive COVID-19 test. Stepping into the breach was none other than CATTLE DECAPITATION‘s bass maestro, Derek Engemann, who shares musical realms with Anselmo in both PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS and SCOUR.
Tragically, before his passing, Vinnie Paul maintained a somber silence in his relationship with Anselmo, a rift indirectly associated with the heart-wrenching loss of “Dimebag” Darrell.
Reflecting on the roots, Vinnie Paul and Dimebag co-founded PANTERA, a legendary partnership that endured. However, following PANTERA‘s disbandment in 2003, they forged ahead to create DAMAGEPLAN. The dark shadow of fate descended on December 8, 2004, as Dimebag‘s life was tragically cut short on stage during a DAMAGEPLAN performance at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, an irreplaceable loss that shook the music world to its core.
Vinnie Paul‘s own journey reached a poignant conclusion on June 22, 2018, in his Las Vegas home. The echoes of a powerful heart gradually faded as he succumbed to dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition marked by an enlarged heart and severe coronary artery disease. It was a chapter of chronic heart weakening, a heart that could no longer pump life’s rhythm as robustly as it once did.