Pantera performed without founding bassist Rex Brown during her set at Knotfest Chile on Sunday night December 11 in Santiago.
An official statement from the festival’s organizers stated that the reason for Brown’s absence was “health problems”. However, local radio station Futuro reported that Brown contracted COVID-19 and returned to the United States to quarantine after performing Pantera Knotfest Colombia in Bogotá last Friday, December 9.
Pantera later released a statement from Brown, confirming that he had COVID: “I came down with a very mild strain of COVID, but because of our special protocols, I simply don’t want to risk my brothers or the crew getting sick!! I’m feeling better and on my way to a speedy recovery.” Happy Fckn and see you all next year!”
Bassists Derek Engemann and Bobby Landgraf filled in for Brown at Knotfest Chile. Both were perfect choices with Engemann playing with frontman Philip Anselmo in the latter’s solo band Philip H. Anselmo and the Legals, while Landgraf performing in Anselmo’s Down.
Drummer Charlie Benante shared a video from Chile that was posted to Instagram with the following message: “#chile was on fire!!!! We missed Rex tonight, get well buddy! Damn it was hot.”
The reconfigured Pantera lineup featuring Benanti on drums and guitarist Zack Wilde has played quite a few shows now, having debuted Dec. 2 at Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest before appearing Dec. 6 at Monterrey Metal Fest in Mexico and the aforementioned . South American Knotfest gigs.
Pantera held their first concert in Santiago on Monday night (December 12), and will wrap up their South American shows in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday (December 15 with Judas Priest) and Sunday (December 18 as part of Knotfest Brazil).
Below you can view a list of upcoming Pantera concert dates, including 2023-2024 concerts in North America supporting Metallica. You can also stream fan footage of the band’s Knotfest Chile show without Rex Brown.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with confirmation from Rex Brown that he has contracted COVID-19 and will miss the rest of the South American tour.
Pantera Tour Dates in 2022, 2023 and 2024:
12/15 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Vibra Sao Paulo
12/18 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Knotfest Brazil
05/26 – Sofia, BG @ Armeets Arena
27/05 – Bucharest, RO @ Metalhead Outdoor Meeting Festival
05/30 – Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra
05/31 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
06/02-04 – Nürburgring, DE @ Rock Am Ring
06/02-04 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock Im Park
06/05 – Lodz, PL @ Atlas Arena
06/10 – Solvesborg, SE @ Sweden Rock Festival
06/12 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena (Tix)
06/13 – Berlin, DE @ Verti Music Hall
06/15 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhagen
06/21 – Hamburg, DE @ Edel Optics
06/22-24 – Oslo, NO @ Tons of Rock (Tix)
06/29 – Viveiro, Spain @ Resurrection Festival
07/02 – Bologna, Italy @ Return of the Gods Festival
07/13-15 – Cadott, WI @ RockFest
04/08 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium^(Tix)
11/08 – Montreal, QC @ Olympic Stadium^(Tix)
08/18 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium^(Tix)
08/25 – Englewood, CA @ SoFi Stadium^(tex)
01/09 – Glendale, AZ @ State Farm Stadium^(Tix)
3/11 – St. Louis, MO @ The Dome at America’s Center^(Tix)
10/11 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field^(Tix)
02/08 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium ^(Tix)
08/09 – Chicago, Illinois @ Soldier Field^(Tex)
08/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ US Bank Stadium^(Tix)
08/23 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium^(Tix)
08/30 – Seattle, WA @ Lumen Field^(Tix)
^ = Metallica support