Anthrax member Charlie Benante recently talked about his participation in the upcoming Pantera tour. He said that it will not affect any of Anthrax touring and recording activities.
Charlie Benante talks about the upcoming tour
It was announced last month that Pantera’s surviving members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass) will unite with guitarist Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) and Benante for a world tour under the Pantera banner.
Anselmo and Brown, along with Wylde and Benante, are set to headline a number of major festivals across North America and Europe and stage some of their own headline concerts. As per Billboard, the lineup has been given a green light by the estates of the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, as well as Brown, who last year said Wylde wouldn’t tour with Pantera if a reunion were to happen. It’s unclear what changed his mind.
Benante and the other members of Anthrax discussed the Pantera comeback during a meet-and-greet with fans before Anthrax’s August 12 concert in Orlando, Florida. Speaking about how Pantera’s touring plans will affect Anthrax, guitarist Scott Ian said: “The Pantera thing is not gonna change anything we’re doing.” Bassist Frank Bello added: “We’ll still be working.” Benante then said that Pantera will only play “select” shows.
When a fan asked Benante if Pantera will embark on a full-blown tour, Benante responded: “I don’t think so.”
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