It Finally Happened – Pantera Played Their First US Gig In 22 Years

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It finally happened. Pantera played a gig on American soil.

After months of anticipation, the reunited groove metal titans played their first stateside show last night (May 6th) at the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally in Panama City, Florida. The band’s current lineup features core members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown, as well as Ozzy Osbourne / Black Label Society axeman Zakk Wylde and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante.

Although their comeback run has already hit Mexico, South America, and Japan, Pantera’s Thunder Beach set marked the band’s first concert in the United States in 22 years. Until last night, their last stateside show was when they wrapped up their Extreme Steel Tour at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington.

Anselmo, Brown, Wylde and Benante fully embraced the landmark event, going deep into the vaults to play the notorious “Suicide Note Pt. II” from The Great Southern Trendkill for the first time. It is worth mentioning that the band did not play “War Nerve,” although Charlie Benante has recently shown footage of the band practicing the track during rehearsal.

Check out the 11-song setlist (courtesy of and fan-filmed footage below!


Pantera setlist, 5/6/23:


Mouth for War

A New Level

Strength Beyond Strength

Becoming (with “Throes of Rejection” outro)

I’m Broken (with “By Demons Be Driven” outro)

This Love

Yesterday Don’t Mean Shit

Suicide Note Pt. II



Cowboys From Hell


2023 North American Tour Dates:


May 20 – Daytona, FL – Welcome To Rockville

Jul. 13 – Cadott, WI – Rockfest

Jul. 15 – Mansfield, OH – Inkcarceration

Jul. 28 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion At Star Lake

Jul. 29 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center

Jul. 31 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater

Aug. 02 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

Aug. 04 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium

Aug. 05 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium

Aug. 06 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion At Montage Mountain

Aug. 08 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater At Lakeview

Aug. 09 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater

Aug. 11 – Montreal, QC – Olympique Stadium

Aug. 12 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

Aug. 15 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP

Aug. 17 – Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Aug. 18 – Arlington, TX – AT&T Stadium

Aug. 20 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater

Aug. 23 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Aug. 25 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium

Aug. 26 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

Aug. 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre

Aug. 31 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

Sep. 01 – Glendale, AZ – State Farm Stadium

Sep. 03 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma

Sep. 07 – Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheater

Sep. 08 – Gilford, NH – Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion

Sep. 10 – Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival

Sep. 12 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Sep. 14 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater At Virginia Beach

Sep. 15 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live

Sep. 23 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life

Oct. 07 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock

Nov. 03 – St. Louis, MO – The Dome At America’s Center

Nov. 10 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field


2024 North American Tour Dates


Aug. 02 – Foxborough, MA – Gillette Stadium

Aug. 09 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field

Aug. 16 – Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Bank Stadium

Aug. 23 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium

Aug. 30 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field




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