Fan-filmed footage has surfaced of some very special guests joining the reunited Pantera on stage during their recent show at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, TX.
While they’ve had a bunch of special guests join them on stage as of late, this one was extra special in that it featured Dimebag Darrell‘s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney on stage to sing the classic Pantera jam “Walk.”
While Rita has previously given the reunion her stamp of approval, her presence on stage was the ultimate sign of endorsement.
Oh- and it also featured some dude named Randy Blythe from a tiny band called Lamb of God. Maybe you’ve heard of em?
Few tracks in the annals of metal history have left an imprint as profound as “Walk.” Released in 1992 as a single from Pantera’s second studio album with Phil Anselmo on vocals, “Vulgar Display of Power,” the song swiftly became an emblem of defiance and self-assertion in the heavy metal scene.
The foundation of “Walk” lies in its iconic riff, a deceptively simple and repetitive sequence that exudes power. This simplicity is layered with Phil’s growling vocals, delivering a message about respect and resilience in the face of betrayal.
The song’s chorus, “Respect, walk, are you talking to me?” became an anthem for many fans, echoing sentiments of rebelling against dismissive attitudes.
Over the years, the song has cemented its place not just as one of Pantera’s signature tracks but as a staple in heavy metal culture. Its pervasive influence can be seen in numerous covers, references in popular media, and its regular rotation at metal events worldwide. Beyond its technical brilliance, “Walk” stands as a testament to the timeless appeal of raw, unabashed defiance in music.
Anyways, enough of us gushing about the song. Check out the fan-filmed footage below.