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MIKE PORTNOY Says PANTERA Reunion Is 'Phenomenal'


Pantera Former drummer of DREAM THEATER and current member of THE WINERY DOGS, Mike Portnoy, has shared his perspective on the recent collaboration between PANTERA's surviving members, Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass), and guitarist Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), alongside drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), for an international tour under the iconic PANTERA name.

Anselmo and Brown, alongside Wylde and Benante, are headlining significant music festivals across continents like South America, Asia, North America, and Europe. They are also set to provide support for METALLICA during a monumental North American stadium tour spanning from 2023 to 2024.

Billboard reports that the reformed PANTERA lineup has received approval from the estates of the band's founders, drummer Vincent "Vinnie Paul" Abbott and guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, along with Brown. This development is noteworthy as Brown had previously expressed reservations about Wylde's involvement in a potential PANTERA reunion back in 2021. However, the reasons behind his change of stance remain undisclosed.

In a recent interview on "THAT Rocks!", a weekly YouTube series hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine, and Don Jamieson, Portnoy delves into the debate surrounding PANTERA's return. When asked about attending one of the new PANTERA concerts, the 56-year-old drummer shares his excitement for the show he witnessed in Reading, Pennsylvania. He describes it as an outstanding experience, praising the performances of Charlie and Zakk. Portnoy expresses his happiness for them, stating that the initial skeptics are now acknowledging the significance of the reunion and the importance of preserving the band's legacy.

Portnoy further explains his perspective, suggesting that if guitarist Dimebag Darrell had not tragically passed away, a reunion would likely have occurred by now. He empathizes with drummer Vinnie Paul's reluctance to continue without his brother Dimebag, given their deep bond. With both Vinnie and Dimebag no longer present, Portnoy believes it's appropriate for Anselmo and Brown to carry on the legacy for a new generation. He commends their respectful approach, noting the images of Dime and Vinnie displayed on Charlie's bass drum heads as a tribute to their memory.

Portnoy concludes by affirming the importance of PANTERA in the metal genre and supports their continuation as a fitting tribute to their influential legacy. Despite initial doubts, Portnoy feels that Anselmo, Brown, Wylde, and Benante are upholding the band's values and traditions with grace.

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    August 24, 2023

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