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Pantera Plays ‘Floods’ For the First Time After Almost 23 Years | Zakk feels his soulmate.. R.I.P DİMEBAGG

Pantera, the multi-platinum Texan groove metal band, marked a significant moment in their history with a performance on February 3, 2024, in Sunrise, Florida, at the Amerant Bank Arena. This event was notable for featuring the first live rendition of “Floods” since 2001, a track from their 1996 platinum-certified album “The Great Southern Trendkill.” The current lineup of the band includes Phil Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde (from Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne), and Charlie Benante (from Anthrax). The performance was part of Pantera’s North American tour, which they kicked off with this show, also featuring Lamb of God for some of the tour dates​​​​.

During their performance, Pantera presented a setlist that included other notable tracks such as “A New Level,” “Mouth For War,” and “Cowboys From Hell,” culminating in an encore with “F**king Hostile.” This tour signifies a major event for Pantera fans, as it marks the first time the surviving members have reunited for live performances in over two decades. The band has also been confirmed to headline major festivals across North America, South America, and Europe, along with their own headline concerts and supporting Metallica on their 2024 stadium tour​​.

Phil Anselmo expressed the empowering and beautiful experience of performing live again, highlighting the love felt during performances. He also reflected on the change in their performance dynamics compared to their younger days, noting a shift from an aggressive stance to a more concentrated focus on the music. The addition of Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante was praised by both Anselmo and Brown, noting their enthusiasm and the honor of playing with such accomplished musicians. Brown specifically mentioned the uncanny way Benante plays Vinnie Paul’s parts, bringing a sense of closeness to the original Pantera sound​​.

The decision for this lineup and tour has been supported by the estates of the band’s late members, Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell, along with Rex Brown. This support underscores a desire to continue the Pantera legacy, honoring the wishes of Vinnie and Dimebag for the band’s music and spirit to live on​​.

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