Pantera to headline Finnish Rockfest 2023


Finland’s biggest rock festival will take place in June 2023

Pantera is set to headline the opening night of Finland’s three-day Rockfest in 2023 at Hyvinkää. The reformed band will perform on June 8 at Hyvinkää Airport with Rancid, Testament VV, Sick of it All and Monster Magnet.

Main performers on Friday June 9 include Def Leppard and Motley Crue with a Saturday headliner to be announced later.

Yesterday (Tuesday November 22), Pantera, with original members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown along with Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante, announced the addition of nine European dates for 2023. The band will perform at festivals across the region in May and June.

So far, 22 shows have been announced as the quartet pay homage to the late Abbott Brothers who founded the classic metal band in the 1980s.

The band’s first run of shows in 20 years begins on December 2 as co-headliners on the opening night of Mexico City’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest. They will also headline the Monterrey Metal Festival on December 6 before heading to South America for a host of dates.

South American stops include three dates of Slipknot’s Knotfest tour in Botota, Colombia on December 9, Santiago, Chile on December 11, and São Paulo, Brazil on December 18. Their itinerary also includes a show co-headlining with Judas Priest in São Paulo on December 15.

The band’s first European shows in 22 years take place June 2-4 at Rock Am Ring in Nürburgring and Rock Im Park in Nürnberg. The two concurrent rock festivals will also see Machine Gun Kelly, Tenacious D, Evanescence, Yungblud, Papa Roach, NOFX and more. They also announced a headlining performance at the Norwegian rock and metal festival Tons of Rock 2023, which will be held June 22-24 in Oslo, Norway. Ghost, Gojira, Behemoth, Clutch, Mayhem, and others will also perform throughout the three-day event. They will also headline the final night of Sweden Rock Festival 2023 on June 10.

Earlier this summer, Billboard broke news of the reunion, saying the band planned to headline US festivals in 2023, although US dates were announced at press time.

“You celebrate guys and you celebrate all of their accomplishments and their greatness and that’s what it is,” Wylde told SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk. “Someone said to me, ‘How can they call this a Pantera reunion?’ I said, ‘Well, it’s Phil and Rex getting back together because they haven’t played together in a while, but it’s a celebration of Pantera. I mean, that’s what it’s all about. It’s just like no different from Mitch [Mitchell] and Christmas [Redding] from Experience Hendrix asking Eric Clapton to sing and play Jimi [Hendrix]to honor him, and they’re going to come out and honor Jimi Hendrix. For me it’s the same thing. Along with Ozzy, we honor St. [former guitarist Randy] Rhoads every night. To me, it’s an extension of that. You honor Dime. You honor Vinnie and you honor Phil and Rex – all the guys and their accomplishments and what they achieved as Pantera and all the mountains they conquered. That’s how I see it. That’s how I’ve always looked at it. »

Pantera Tour Dates 2022/2023:

December 2 – Texicoco, Mexico @ Hell & Heaven Metal Fest
December 6 – Monterrey, Mexico @ Monterrey Metal Fest
December 9 – Bogotá, Colombia @ Knotfest Colombia
December 11 – Santiago, Chile @ Knotfest Chile
December 12 – Santiago, Chile @ Movistar Arena
December 15 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Vibra São Paulo (with JUDAS PRIEST)
December 18 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Knotfest Brazil
May 26 – Sofia, Bulgaria @ Armeets Arena
May 27 – Bucharest, Romania @ Metalhead Meeting Open Air Festival
May 30 – Budapest, Hungary @ Barba Negra
May 31 – Vienna, Austria @ Gasometer
June 2-4 – Nürburgring, Germany @ Rock Am Ring
June 2-4 – Nuremberg, Germany @ Rock Im Park
June 5 – Lodz, Poland @ Atlas Arena
June 8 – Hyvinkää, Finland @ Hyvinkää Airport
June 10 – Sölvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival
June 12 – Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena
June 13 – Berlin, Germany @ Verti Music Hall
June 15 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell
June 21 – Hamburg, Germany @ Edel Optics
June 22-24 – Oslo, Norway @ Tons Of Rock


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