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ROCK band Pantera have announced they will be heading out on a UK tour for the first time in over 20 years.

The rock group, which first formed in 1981, have become one of the most defining groups of the metal genre.

Pantera were huge but split in 2004 after huge fight between the bandmates

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Pantera were huge but split in 2004 after huge fight between the bandmatesCredit: Getty
The group had hits including Walk, Cowboys From Hell and Cemetery Gates

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The group had hits including Walk, Cowboys From Hell and Cemetery GatesCredit: Rex

Their hits include Walk, Cowboys From Hell, and Cemetery Gates

After decades of hardships and tragedy, the band are still going strong, and are due to perform at Download Festival this weekend.

But if you can’t make it down to Donnington Park, the band will be heading off on a UK tour this February.

The group is currently composed of vocalist Phil Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown, alongside touring musicians Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante.

Their original drummer and lead guitarist – brothers ‘Dimebag’ Darrell and Vinnie Paul Abbott – have both tragically died in the years since the band was most active.

In one of the most shocking concert moments of all time, Dimebag was killed on stage in December 2004 while performing alongside Vinnie in the band, Damageplan. He was 38 years old.

Vinnie and Dimebag had created Damageplan following the original dissolution of Pantera, which had occurred in 2003.

The break-up of the band was far from amicable, with all members making disapraging remarks about the others publicly in the fallout.

This included threats of violence to accusations of heroin abuse.

It is believed that 25-year-old Nathan Gale, who committed the attack on Dimebag, did so out of anger for Pantera splitting up.

Dimebag was shot multiple times by a fan who stormed the stage, with Jeffrey “Mayhem” Thompson, the band’s head of security, also being killed in the fray.

A member of the venue’s staff and another fan was also killed.

Several others, including their longtime roadie John ‘Kat’ Brooks, were injured as they tried to subdue the gunman.

In the years that followed, Vinnie – heralded as one of the best drummers of all time by Rolling Stone – continued to perform in other bands after the death of his brother.

Most notable was supergroup Hellyeah before his death in 2018 from coronary artery disease at the age of 54.

Pantera reunited officially in 2022, with Anselmo and Brown returning to their positions in the band.

Since then, they have used session and touring musicians to fill in the spaces that Vinnie and Dimebag left behind.

Tickets are on sale now here.

Pantera UK Tour Dates 2024

Here’s where you can catch the band next year:

Tues 18 Feb – Glasgow Hydro Arena

Weds 19 Feb – Leeds First Direct Arena 

Sun 23 Feb – Birmingham Resorts World Arena NTC 

Tues 25 Feb – London OVO Arena, Wembley

Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on stage in 2004

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Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on stage in 2004Credit: Getty
Vinnie Paul died from coronary heart failure in 2018

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Vinnie Paul died from coronary heart failure in 2018Credit: Getty – Contributor
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