Pantera's Rex Brown Drops Off South American Reunion Shows Due to COVID-19

The bassist has contracted a "very mild" case

Photo: Jaime Garcia Perez

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Dec 13, 2022

Pantera bassist Rex Brown has dropped off of the first leg of the band's reunion tour in South America due to contracting COVID-19.

"I caught a very mild strain of COVID, but because of our own protocols, I simply do not wanna risk getting my brothers or the crew sick!!" Brown wrote in the caption of an Instagram post on the band's account yesterday (December 12). He'll end up missing four dates on the tour.

The musician added, "I'm feeling better & am on my way to a speedy recovery. Merry Fckn Christmas & see you all next Year!"

Brown also thanked Cattle Decapitation's Derek Engemann (who also plays with Phil Anselmo in Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals) for filling in for him at Pantera's Knotfest gig in Bogotá, Columbia, on December 9.

Anselmo and Brown are otherwise joined by guitarist Zakk Wylde and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante in place of the late Abbott brothers, Vincent "Vinnie Paul" Abbott and "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Pantera will get back out there again in Europe next May, followed by opening for Metallica on select North American dates of their world tour — including back-to-back shows in Montreal.

See the band's post with a message from Brown below.

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