Zakk Wylde Responds To Pantera’s Festival Removal: ‘There’s Nothing I Can Do’

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Since this past December, Pantera has been on the road and taking part in several metal festivals.

In 2023, the band is set to take part in multiple tours, as well as a couple of other festivals; however, when it comes to two fests Pantera was set to perform at, they have since been removed.

Pantera was initially going to perform at both Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park, but due to protests, have been removed from both festivals.

The reason behind these protests was due to Phil Anselmo‘s past insensitive actions – specifically, when the frontman threw out a Sieg Heil (a nazi salute), as well as shouting “White Power” at a 2016 Dimebash concert.

During a recent interview with Guitar World, Pantera guitarist Zakk Wylde was asked about his reaction to these festival cancellations. He said,

“There’s nothing I can do about that, you know what I mean? In terms of my role, it’s always a case of being ready for whatever – as in seeing if the fellas want to add any more songs or anything like that while we’re out rolling together on this tour. If I get a call from Phil or Rex and they want to change up the set or do whatever, I’m usually just in the back lounge working on more songs!”

What do you make of Pantera being removed from these two metal festivals? As it stands now, Pantera will be continuing forward with every other show they have announced. If you are interested in seeing the band live, you can find all their upcoming tour dates below.

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2023 Dates

  • Fri May 20 – Daytona, FL – Welcome to Rockville*
    Thu Jul 13 – Cadott, WI – Rockfest*
    Sat Jul 15 – Mansfield, OH – Inkcarceration*
    Fri Jul 28 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
    Sat Jul 29 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
    Mon Jul 31 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater#
    Wed Aug 02 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
    Fri Aug 04 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium^
    Sat Aug 05 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
    Sun Aug 06 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
    Tue Aug 08 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
    Wed Aug 09 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
    Fri Aug 11 – Montreal, QC – Olympique Stadium^
    Sat Aug 12 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
    Tue Aug 15 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
    Thu Aug 17 – Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    Fri Aug 18 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium^
    Sun Aug 20 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
    Wed Aug 23 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
    Fri Aug 25 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium^
    Sat Aug 26 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
    Tue Aug 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
    Thu Aug 31 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
    Fri Sep 01 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium^
    Sun Sep 03 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma*
    Thu Sep 07 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheater
    Fri Sep 08 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
    Sat Sep 10 – Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival*
    Tue Sep 12 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
    Thu Sep 14 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
    Fri Sep 15 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
    Sat Sep 23 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life*
    Sat Oct 07 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock*
    Fri Nov 03 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome at America’s Center^
    Fri Nov 10 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field^

2024 Dates

  • Fri Aug 02 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium^
    Fri Aug 09 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field^
    Fri Aug 16 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium^
    Fri Aug 23 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium^
    Fri Aug 30 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field^