Rex Brown Says Pantera Was ‘Scared’ To Follow-Up Slayer Live

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During a recent conversation with Gibson TV – as part of their Icons series – band bassist Rex Brown reveals that Pantera was “scared” of having to follow up Slayer when it came to live shows back in the day.

Back in the early 2000s, Pantera took part in a tour where Slayer played alongside them, but Pantera was the headlining act. Per Rex, the band felt pretty shaken up having to follow up Slayer, given how fucking thrilling of a show Slayer put on. Speaking about this feeling of being “scared” to play after the thrash act, Rex shares the following:

“You don’t go on after a band like Slayer, Jack, anytime. You better be on top of your game. That was the band we were always scared of — always.”

Brown continues, sharing the following about Slayer’s shows and what it was like to watch the thrash band play. “We had our whole new stage setup; fire shooting out of fucking everything — we told ourselves we’d never do [that]. But Vinnie wanted it and there you go. I remember, every night you had to be in the right spot; if you missed your point, you were fucking blown up, literally.”

Damn, a Pantera and Slayer tour would be fucking wild to experience nowadays. That said, Pantera will be hitting the road next year with some other thrash titans – that being Metallica! Along with links to other Pantera-related stories, we have also included all the dates and locations associated with the upcoming Metallica and Pantera tour. You can also check out the full interview featuring Rex Brown below.

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In 2023:

  • August 4th and 6th – East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium
    August 11th and 13th – Montreal, Canada – Stade Olympique
    August 18th and 20th – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium
    August 25th and 27th – Los Angeles, CA – SOFI Stadium
    September 1st and 3rd – Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium
    November 3rd and 5th – St. Louis, MO – The Dome (At America’s Center)
    November 10th and 12th – Detroit, MI – Ford Field

In 2024:

  • August 2nd and 4th – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium
    August 9th and 11th – Chicago, IL – Solider Field
    August 16th and 18th – Minneapolis, MN – US Bank Stadium
    August 23rd and 25th – Edmonton, Canada – Commonwealth Stadium
    August 30th and September 1st – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field