Charlie Benante Admits Wearing Vinnie Paul And Dimebag Darrell Memorabilia On First Show

Hold your horses! The day that metalheads around the world have been waiting for finally came. Alongside original members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown, guitarist Zakk Wylde and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante played Pantera’s first show on December 2 at Hell & Heaven Metal Fest in Texcoco, Mexico. Many say it was definitely worth the wait!

“If I said I wasn’t nervous, I’d be lying,” Benante revealed in a recent post on his Instagram account. “The excitement, the fear, the emotions, the love, and the work that went into doing this all played a part in what was in my head. When I got up there, it all seemed to disappear except for the cold 50-degree weather. I looked at Philip Anselmo, Rex Brown, and Zakk Wylde and felt the connection, Bam! ‘New Level’ started, and we were off.”

Speaking on where he received emotional support from, Benante revealed, “Thank you, Sterling Winfield, for bringing me an old Dimebag Darrell wristband and a pair of Vinnie Paul’s old gloves. I wore the wristband and brought the gloves up with me.”

He continued, “I had moments up there like I felt I wasn’t there; I went to another place. I think I was Metal meditating, don’t laugh, I’m serious. Thank you to the Pantera family, crew, and amazing fans who have always been so positive about this. Thank you to Carla Harvey and Mia Charley Benante for listening to me play Pantera songs day in and out. I look forward to seeing you all and having a great time playing these songs and reliving the feeling of what a great band they are!”

The experience was a spiritual one for Charlie Benante, and we are pretty sure that everyone in the audience who had been waiting for that moment felt that right off the bat when Pantera’s set started. This was only the beginning for the newly reunited Pantera; if you want to be a part of this season, keep an eye out for their next performances. It might be one that you wouldn’t want to miss!

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