Corey Taylor Explains Why He’s ‘Stoked’ for Pantera Reunion

Slip knot lead singer Corey Taylor recently showed his excitement for what lies ahead Panther reunion involves Zak Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne‘s lead guitarist and Black Label Society bandmaster, and Charlie Benantethe drummer off Anthrax. The two musicians take over the place of the late Abbott brothers in the metal band.

After word appeared last month that Pantera would tour in 2023 with the reformulated lineup, rock and metal fans reacted to the news. Last week it was suddenly revealed that the reunion would indeed take place starting late this year with four shows in December. Pantera released one teaser video for the reunion.

So what does Taylor think? Rock radio host Eddie Trunk asked the Slipknot vocalist about it on SiriusXM Volume’s Trunk Nation this week (30 Aug).

“I know all of you [current Pantera] band I knew everyone in the previous band,” Taylor replied. “So it’s interesting. I know there is a lot of debate about it. All I will say is that I am excited to see these songs played live. I’m glad to see it done with respect.” (via Blabbermouth)

The Slipknot rocker continued: “Whether anybody wants to admit it or not, these fans online, they want to admit this or not, you’re talking about two guys [Charlie and Zakk] who not only knew the brothers from years since knew them before Pantera was even a thing.”

He added, “They were friends with those guys from when Pantera was still playing clubs, and they’d go and hang out with them when the respective bands would go and play Dallas; they’d go and hang out with those guys. So when Pantera becomes massive, lo and behold, they’re touring with their friends.”

Slipknot’s worldwide “Knotfest Roadshow” actually plays a big part in the Pantera reunion. That’s because the resurrected Pantera will play three out of the five scheduled Knot parties who will participate in South America in December.

Knotfest comes to Colombia on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Campin Circuit in Bogota. The show will include Judas Priest as headliners with Pantera also on top of the bill. Knotfest Colombia also features Bring me the horizon, Trivium, Sepultura and more.

Then there is Knotfest Chile and Knotfest Brasil, also with Pantera. Bills for both include Slipknot, Judas Priest and Bring Me the Horizon. Knotfest Chile takes place at the Estadio Monumental in Santiago on Sunday, Dec. 11. Knotfest Brasil is Sunday, Dec. 18, at Sao Paulo’s Sambodromo do Anhembi.

Pantera have also been confirmed to play the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest in Mexico this December. 2.

Before then, Slipknot will tour in September with support from Ice Nine Kills and Crown the empire. (Get tickets for the tour here.)

Original Pantera drummer Vinnie Paullater on Hell yes, died in 2018 from heart failure. His brother, original Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrellwas murdered on stage in 2004 during a show of his and Paul’s post-Panther action Damage plan. Their common burial place is in their home state of Texas. Pantera finally released the studio album Reinventing the steel in 2000.

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