Tonight (May 6th), Pantera finally played the first U.S. show of their comeback run. The Texas groove-metal juggernaut's new lineup — core members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown joined by Black Label Society shredder Zakk Wylde and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante — did so at the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally in Panama City, Florida, and they made sure it was special.
The Thunder Beach performance not only marked the first U.S. show of the comeback, but it also marked Pantera's first stateside concert in 22 years — since July 25th, 2001, to be precise, when the band's Extreme Steel Tour hit the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington.
Surely aware of the magnitude of the occasion, Anselmo, Brown, Wylde and Benante pulled out all the stops, even mixing up the setlist — by adding arguably the most extreme song in the Pantera catalog, The Great Southern Trendkill's grindcore-esque ripper "Suicide Note Pt. II," which the new lineup had yet to play onstage before. Watch badass footage, courtesy of Revolver's sister brand Metal Edge, above.