Watch: PANTERA Performs 'Slaughtered' For First Time In 22 Years
July 29, 2023
The reformed PANTERA kicked off its U.S. headlining tour with LAMB OF GOD last night (Friday, July 28) at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania.
PANTERA's setlist for the Burgettstown show included one song which hadn't been performed live since the band's comeback last year: "Slaughtered", from PANTERA's 1994 album "Far Beyond Driven", widely considered the heaviest metal record to ever reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Fan-filmed video of the performance can be seen below.
Prior to PANTERA's latest comeback, "Slaughtered" was last performed by the band's classic lineup on August 1, 2001 at Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
PANTERA's setlist for the Burgettstown concert was as follows:
01. A New Level 02. Mouth For War 03. Strength Beyond Strength 04. Becoming 05. I'm Broken 06. Suicide Note Pt. II 07. 5 Minutes Alone 08. This Love 09. Fucking Hostile 10. Planet Caravan (BLACK SABBATH cover) 11. Happy Birthday (for Rex Brown) 12. Walk 13. Domination / Hollow 14. Cowboys From Hell
15. Slaughtered (first half only) 16. Revolution Is My Name
Nearly a decade ago, PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo told Loudwire about the inspiration for "Slaughtered": "I've always had a distorted view of organized religion and I was never more confused than when I was in my 20s and whatnot. And still I like to use a fusion, if you will, of religions and fuck with them, so to speak. And then tear them down and piss all over them or build them up only to tip over."
PANTERA's current lineup includes two surviving members from the band's classic formation, Anselmo and Rex Brown (bass),along with guitarist Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX).
Anselmo and Brown, along with Wylde and Benante, are headlining a number of major festivals across South America, Asia, North America and Europe and staging some of their own headline concerts. They will also support METALLICA on a massive North American stadium tour in 2023 and 2024.
According to 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 in 2021 said Wylde wouldn't tour with PANTERA if a reunion were to happen. It's unclear what changed his mind.
This past March, PANTERA headlined the 2023 "comeback" edition of Japan's Loud Park festival. The two-day "limited" event took place on March 25 at Intex Osaka in Osaka and March 26 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City near Tokyo.
In December, PANTERA played seven shows in Mexico and South America.
Brown was forced to leave PANTERA's Latin American tour after testing positive for COVID-19. Filling in for him at some of the shows was CATTLE DECAPITATION bassist Derek Engemann, who also plays with Anselmo in both PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS and SCOUR.
Up until his passing, Vinnie remained on non-speaking terms with Anselmo, whom the drummer indirectly blamed for Dimebag's death.
Vinnie Paul and Dimebag co-founded PANTERA. When PANTERA broke up in 2003, they formed DAMAGEPLAN. On December 8, 2004, while performing with DAMAGEPLAN at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, Dimebag was shot and killed onstage by a troubled schizophrenic who believed that the members of PANTERA were stealing his thoughts.
Vinnie passed away on June 22, 2018 at his other home in Las Vegas at the age of 54. He died of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His death was the result of chronic weakening of the heart muscle — basically meaning his heart couldn't pump blood as well as a healthy heart.
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