JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford is one individual who is very excited for the upcoming PANTERA tour
During a recent interview with “Cutter’s RockCast“, Halford discussed his views on the upcoming PANTERA tour dates which will feature surviving members Phil Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass) along with guitarist Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX).
PANTERA are set to headline a number of major festivals across North America and Europe as well as perform some of their own headline concerts. They will be sharing the bill with JUDAS PRIEST, among many others, at ‘Hell & Heaven Fest‘ on December 2, 2022 in Toluca, Mexico.
Halford said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Is this PANTERA thing gonna be amazing or what? We’re gonna be doing the first show together [at this year’s edition of Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest].”
Rob continued by stating that Wylde and Benante are “the right people” to step in for the late Abbott brothers, Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. “If you know about the way Charlie feels about PANTERA, you know the way Zakk feels, the skill that they both have to do the songs justice,” he said.
“Man, this is important — it’s important. And Phil’s voice is the voice of PANTERA. What Rex does is as important? So, what’s not to love about this really special moment that we’re all gonna go nuts?
“I can’t wait to hear Zakk start churning out [starts humming ‘Walk’ riff].
“I’m gonna be on the side of the stage, ’cause we’re both on the same bill that night. I’m gonna be banging my head like a maniac. I’m so happy for them.”
Joining PANTERA and JUDAS PRIEST on the first night of Hell & Heaven Metal Fest will be such acts as SCORPIONS, MESHUGGAH, ARCH ENEMY, EPICA and CRADLE OF FILTH at Foro Pegaso in Toluca.
PANTERA will also take the stage at the Monterrey Metal Fest on December 6 at Estadio Mobil Super in Monterrey, Mexico, as well as at Knotfest Colombia, Knotfest Chile and Knotfest Brasil, all of which will take place in December. Knotfest Colombia is scheduled for Friday, December 9 at Campin Circuit of Bogotá. Knotfest Chile is slated to take place on Sunday, December 11 at Estadio Monumental in Santiago. Knotfest Brasil will follow on Sunday, December 18 at Sambódromo do Anhembi in São Paulo.
Further individual tour dates have yet to be announced.