Paul Stanley Reacts To The Pantera Reunion With Zakk Wylde And Charlie Benante

As you probably know, Pantera played their highly-anticipated first reunion show on December 2. Besides the classic-era members Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante also joined the band on the stage, replacing the late members Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell. KISS’ Paul Stanley took to Twitter to share his thoughts on Pantera’s first reunion gig at the Hell and Heaven Metal Fest in Texcoco, Mexico.

“Thrilled to see Phil, Rex, and Pantera back and killinit!” Stanley wrote, reflecting on his excitement over new-Pantera’s first show. “Zakk and Charlie clearly did their homework with love and commitment. Pantera did shows with us years ago and were ferocious and explosive.”

The singer recalled Pantera being the opening band in KISS’ 1997 reunion tour and the powerful performance the band had delivered. Paul also talked about the new members Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante, sharing that he enjoyed their performances. Stanley continued, “Others tried, but nobody could be them. Dime and Vinnie would be proud.”

Although Paul Stanley appreciated the other metal acts that accompanied them on their tours, he still thinks that Pantera was an exceptional band with its classic lineup. Stanley also noted that the two late members, Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell, would be proud to see Pantera perform again.

The band will be playing one more show in Mexico at Monterrey Metal Fest on December 6. After that, Pantera will head to South America and appear at three Knotfest festivals. They will also perform a one-off show with Judas Priest in São Paulo, Brazil, on December 15, along with a headlining concert in Santiago.