‘Mayhem’ Festival Producer Says He’s Approached Surviving PANTERA Members About Reunion
John Reese, the producer behind the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, says that he has approached the three surviving members of Pantera about resurrecting the band for an appearance at the event.
Late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott’s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney in 2011 called on ex-Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and singer Philip Anselmo to settle their differences in honor of Dimebag, who was shot and killed while performing with Damageplan at a Columbus, Ohio rock club in December 2004.
Vinnie, who is Dimebag’s brother, and Anselmo have not spoken since Pantera split in 2003. But the relationship got even more acrimonious when Vinnie indirectly blamed Philip for Dimebag’s death, suggesting that some remarks the vocalist had made about Dimebag in print just weeks earlier might have incited Dimebag’s killer.
Don’t hold your breath on this reunion, kids.