Vinnie Paul’s Estate Releases Statement, Says There Cannot Be A Pantera Reunion Without Vinnie + Dime

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Over on social media, the estate of Vinnie Paul has provided a statement regarding the upcoming Pantera concerts. Within that statement, the estate shares how excited they are for the Pantera shows, but makes one point very clear: “There can never be a Pantera reunion without Vinnie and Dime.”

Since the initial news regarding these shows came out, folks have been going back and forth on whether or not this line-up of Pantera is a “reunion” or a “tribute.” While this line-up does feature two of the band’s original members, its other two original members have sadly passed away.

Frankly, the sentiment that Vinnie Paul’s estate shares have been expressed by many Pantera fans. Here is that full statement from Paul’s estate:

“There can never be a PANTERA reunion without Vinnie and Dime. However, there is no better way to celebrate and honor Vinnie and Dime’s legacy, than to bring the music of PANTERA directly to the fans. We are honored that Charlie and Zakk, their very close friends and musical brothers, will share the stage with Philip and Rex, to unleash the power of PANTERA live around the world. The Vincent Paul Abbott Estate”

What do you make of this statement from Vinnie Paul’s estate? What is the term you would use to call this current line-up of Pantera? A partial reunion? A tribute act? Or something else? Below you will find all the upcoming Pantera tour dates that have been confirmed at this time.

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  • 12/2 – Toluca, MEX – Foro Pegaso (Hell & Heaven Metal Fest)
    12/6 – Monterrey, MEX – Monterrey Metal Fest
    12/9 – Bogotá, COL – Knotfest Colombia
    12/11 – Santiago, CHL – Knotfest Chile
    12/12 – Santiago, CHL – Movistar Arena
    12/15 – São Paulo, BRA – Vibra São Paulo
    12/18 – São Paulo, BRA – Knotfest Brazil


  • 5/26 – Sofia, BUL – Armeets Arena
    5/27 – Bucharest, ROM – Metalhead Meeting Open Air Festival
    5/30 – Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
    5/31 – Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
    6/2-4 – Nürburg, GER – Rock am Ring
    6/2-4 – Nuremberg, GER – Rock im Park
    6/5 – Lodz, POL – Atlas Arena
    6/8-10 – Hyvinkaa, FIN – Rock Fest
    6/10 – Solvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock Festival
    6/12 – Prague, CZE – O2 Arena
    6/13 – Berlin, GER – Verti Music Hall
    6/15 – Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
    6/21 – Hamburg, GER – Edel Optics
    6/22-24 – Oslo, NOR – Tons Of Rock
    7/2 – Bologna, ITA – The Return Of The Gods Festival
    8/4 – East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium
    8/11 – Montreal, QC – Stade Olympique
    8/18 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
    8/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Sofi Stadium
    9/1 – Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium
    11/3 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center
    11/10 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field


  • 08/2 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
    08/9 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
    08/16 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium
    08/23 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
    08/30 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field