Wolfgang Van Halen and Max Cavalera joined PANTERA on stage in Portugal for a performance of the song “Walk”
During the Evil Live festival at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal on June 28, some notable musicians joined PANTERA on stage for a special performance. Wolfgang Van Halen (MAMMOTH WVH, VAN HALEN), Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, SEPULTURA), and Mike DeLeon (SOULFLY, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) joined the iconic band and provided backing vocals for the song “Walk.” Fan-recorded footage capturing this moment can be viewed below.
The current incarnation of PANTERA, consisting of surviving members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass), along with guitarist Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), is actively touring under the PANTERA name. They are headlining major festivals across South America, Asia, North America, and Europe, as well as staging their own headline concerts. Additionally, they are set to support METALLICA on a massive North American stadium tour in 2023 and 2024. Billboard has reported that the lineup has received approval from the estates of PANTERA‘s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, as well as from Rex Brown.
In March of this year, PANTERA headlined the 2023 “comeback” edition of Japan’s Loud Park festival. The two-day event took place on March 25 at Intex Osaka in Osaka and March 26 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City near Tokyo.
The Abbott brothers, Vinnie Paul and Dimebag, co-founded PANTERA. After the band’s dissolution in 2003, they formed DAMAGEPLAN. Tragically, on December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed on stage by a troubled schizophrenic.
Vinnie Paul passed away on June 22, 2018, at his residence in Las Vegas at the age of 54. The cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, accompanied by severe coronary artery disease. His death was attributed to chronic weakening of the heart muscle, which impaired its ability to pump blood effectively.