Vinnie Paul’s Estate Releases Statement About Pantera Reunion


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The estate of Vinnie Paul is speaking out regarding the Pantera reunion

The Pantera reunion tour just got a lot bigger, as the guys have been tapped to support Metallica on a major tour in 2023. So, what does the estate of the late Vinnie Paul feel about it?

The estate has issued a statement in support of Pantera’s upcoming shows. But, the statement does not call the newly reformed band a “reunion.”

This past summer, the surviving classic members of Pantera — singer Philip Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown — announced that they were teaming up with guitarist Zakk Wylde and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante to perform a handful of dates and festivals as Pantera.

Last week, Vinnie’s estate took to social media to post a message regarding their thoughts on the new incarnation of Pantera.

The statement read, “There can never be a Pantera reunion without Vinnie and Dime. However, there is no better way to celebrate and honor Vinnie and Dime’s legacy, than to bring the music of Pantera directly to the fans. We are honored that Charlie and Zakk, their very close friends and musical brothers, will share the stage with Philip and Rex, to unleash the power of Pantera live around the world.”

Pantera producer Sterling Winfield then announced that this was the first true public statement from the estate regarding the reunion shows. “Here’s the press release that the ‘media’ said we had already done six months ago,” Winfield posted on social media. “It was just posted about five minutes ago for the first time EVER. Don’t believe everything the media tells you. Choose for yourselves. Enjoy it with open arms, minds & hearts. Or don’t. The choice is yours. But don’t make that choice for someone else.”

Pantera performed their first show last Friday (Dec. 2) at the Hell & Heaven festival in Mexico City. Now, they’ll embark on a Latina American tour. As previously mentioned, Pantera will also serve as a support act for Metallica’s 2023-2024 North American tour dates.

Charles Ken
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