REX BROWN On Reformed PANTERA: ‘This Is No Tribute Band’

PANTERA‘s bassist Rex Brown shared insights about the decision to reunite the band for a tour.

The lineup includes Phil Anselmo on vocals, Rex Brown on bass, Zakk Wylde on guitar, and Charlie Benante on drums. They are set to headline major festivals across North America, South America, and Europe, as well as perform their concerts and support METALLICA on a stadium tour in 2024. This marks the first time in over two decades that PANTERA’s surviving members have united for live shows.

The approval for this reunion came from the estates of the band’s founders, drummer Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott and guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, along with Rex Brown, who had initially expressed doubts about Wylde touring with PANTERA.

In an interview with Rolling Stone Australia, Rex expressed mixed emotions about the absence of their late bandmates, saying, “Two of our beloved brothers are just not here anymore, man. That’s life, you know? That’s just fate; it’s the way the ball rolls, dude.”

He emphasized that this reunion is not a tribute band but an opportunity for him and Phil to reconnect with their music after 23 years. Rex highlighted the extensive preparation they did, spending hours rehearsing every PANTERA song to ensure a tight performance.

When asked about collaborating on new music with the reunited band, Rex hinted at possibilities without divulging details.

Regarding performing for a new generation of fans, Rex explained the excitement of seeing fans’ reactions at live shows compared to online videos. He emphasized the band’s dedication to rehearsing and bonding as a tight unit, fueled by the energy of their new and loyal fans.

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