Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: ‘This Pantera Reunion Is Good’

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Back when it was announced last year that Pantera would be reuniting, the metal community roared with various opinions. The reunion brought some skepticism from fans noting that the lineup would not be able to feature the Abbot brothers. Still, there’s been much excitement and positivity hearing these songs live again.

Some metal celebrities have also voiced how they feel regarding Pantera’s reunion, and recently, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has chimed in on the conversation. As part of a feature with Revolver, Ulrich was asked what he thinks of Pantera reuniting. Per the drummer, this is what he had to say:

“I think that the idea that they’re out celebrating the music and the magic of Pantera is … I know there’s been a lot of talk in the community about whether people support that or not.

“But I’m the type of person, if Glenn Hughes wants to go out and play a Deep Purple set, I’d support that.

“I’m always in favor of people following their musical and creative ambitions; so this Pantera reunion, I think, is good. And obviously having Charlie [Benante] up there is great.

“I saw a video from one of the Mexico shows that felt like they were in the pocket. It’ll be fun to have them out.”

Elsewhere in the feature, Ulrich spoke about Metallica’s relationship with Pantera, sharing how they met Dime and Vinnie back when Metallica was touring in support of Ride the Lighting.

“We met the brothers on the Ride the Lightning tour and became friends with them. This was in Dallas in — what — 1622 or something? It was about 400 years ago.

“We obviously loved both of them, and they had a posse down there, and we would see them whenever we came through Texas. We watched the band evolve over the years from more rock vibes into that creative, unique force that they became.

“So, we’ve had a relationship with them for decades and decades.”

In just a few months, both Metallica and Pantera will be hitting the road for a new tour; below you will find all the dates and locations associated with that tour.

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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