‘It’s a delicate issue’: Max Cavalera Shares His Thoughts On Upcoming 2023 Pantera Shows

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Several metal musicians have been asked their thoughts regarding the upcoming 2023 Pantera shows; among the more recent artists to share their opinion is that of Soulfly singer Max Cavalera. During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Cavalera is asked if he thinks such a tour helps “keep the legacy alive” – that being Pantera’s legacy.

When it comes to his stance on this matter, Max seems to be somewhere in the middle. You can read his full comment regarding the Pantera 2023 shows below:

“It’s a delicate issue, man. On one hand, yes. But then sometimes I think, if it was like me and Iggor had died, and somebody else would carry on without us, I don’t know how I feel about that. I’m not sure I would really like it. It’s a tough one. At the same time, you know, people want to hear those songs. The fans deserve to hear those songs.”

Ex-Cannibal Corpse singer Chris Barnes recently shared that he feels the upcoming shows are a “cash grab.” Justin Hawkins, the singer of The Darkness, feels conflicted about these shows, while Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows thinks they are ultimately a good thing. Back in 2018, ex-Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler actually talked to Vinnie Paul about a Pantera reunion, and he shared with Vinnie, “Please don’t. It isn’t right.”

Recently, both Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante talked about their involvement on these upcoming shows. At one point, Benante shared, “I can’t go do this as the drummer from Anthrax because it would be a different sound completely.” Wylde said these shows are “a Pantera celebration.”

In other Max Cavalera news, we recently asked the Soulfly singer his feelings regarding a theoretical Sepultura tour; we mentioned how his brother would be down for such a reunion. What do you think Max said?

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