Phil Anselmo to Perform Pantera Songs On Tour

A teaser video showing Phil's solo band rehearsing Pantera's "Death Rattle" suggests a plan to take his old band's songs on the road.

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It seems Phil Anselmo will bring Pantera back to life by playing some of their songs on his forthcoming solo tour.

He's performed songs by the classic 90s metal band at all-star jam sessions during the Metal Master clinics, but it's the first time he's taken their songs on the road with one of his own projects.

While there's no formal announcement from the singer about taking Pantera tracks on the road, Metal Sucks spotted this rehearsal video of Phil with his solo backing band the Illegals working on the song "Death Rattle" from 2000's "Reinventing the Steel."

Phil's smart enough to know people will pick up on this short clip, so it's very likely to be a subtle way to drum up press for his new tour which commences on July 31 in Tulsa and finished on August 20 in Atlanta.

Watch Phil Anselmo rehearsing "Death Rattle" here:

Here's the original track if you're not familiar:

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    EvilDomo
    Another good way to remember Death Rattle would be the Prehibernation Week episode of Spongebob, aha
    Bigdubb
    I'd seen Death Rattle mentioned in this article, and I immediately thought, "I'm gonna seem so super smart and radical when I post about the episode of Spongebob that song was in!" Then I read your comment. Well played, friend.
    Captain Chaos
    I was 13 when that episode came out, and it hooked me up. I can't believe its been 12 years already.
    TomWhaley
    When it comes to (probably incoming) negative opinions (and Vinnie Paul's) about this: who cares? Is Anselmo performing Pantera tracks live actually disrespectful? He did them at Metal Masters 4 and nobody seemed to care. If another band covers a Pantera song live it's a tribute, but if the guy who originally sang them wants to do it, it's an insult? Where is the logic in that? I'll take a live Pantera song from Anselmo any day. Same from Vinnie Paul. Or Rex Brown. Spread the music; don't stifle it.
    Wisthler
    Brace yourselves... Vinnie Paul's ranting is comming.
    TheNumber6
    Down played a few pantera songs over the years. not sure if vinny said anything about those though
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    seeing as all Pantera songs are credited to the entire band Vinnie can't really say anything.
    Toadvine
    But will he play Down, and Superjoint? I think a show that featured F*ckin' Hostile, Lifer, and Waiting for the Turning Point would be epic. Maybe too epic to handle.
    cmonkey81
    I miss Dime...truly. But if those classics can (and should) be performed live. Let the guy sing em.....while he can.
    Anjohl
    So add Vinny, Rex, and Wylde to your "solo" band, give a lot of fans some closure, and make a shit ton of $$$.
    SleepFan
    Just let Phil do what he wants. Also it isn't Phil and Rex's choice, Vinnie Paul is the one who won't reconcile. He still hates Phil. Phil also probably doesn't care about the money. Sorry man, and while I'm at it we don't need Zakk Wylde doing fake Dime squeals thanks.
    sideslick
    Zakk Wylde was Dimebag's best friend. I'm sure if he was given the chance, he'd pay tribute to Dime in the very best way he can.
    UniformRecon
    Dime is dead, and I'm pretty sure most of everyone with a smidge of respect for a bunch of guys who's friend was killed have already laid it to rest that there's not going to be a Pantera reunion.
    metalchris87
    cant wait for a los angeles show i'm dying to hear his solo stuff live. hope he plays a few superjoint tracks as well.
    Kabir
    People might say they have a problem with this, but the second they see him perform Pantera live, as long as the guitarist doesn't butcher Dimebag's material, people are going to enjoy it.
    DaniArrow
    I think that's cool. I'm against a reunion but there's nothing wrong with Phil or even the Hellyeah guys pulling out one or two old Pantera tracks once in a while.