CHARLIE BENANTE Says It Took Him ‘A Couple Of Months’ To Learn To Play PANTERA’s Songs

As part of Jonathan Montenegroof the “My Three Questions” sort of Anthraxof the Charlie Benant He was asked how long he had studied Pantera The material he currently performs during the reformed band’s debut release. He replied (as written by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I know these songs, and of course, I’ve loved these songs for years. For me, I know the songs, but maybe I didn’t know the little details of some of the songs as far as the drum parts went. So I really Started analyzing each song and getting closer to it. Winnie [Paul Abbott, PANTERA‘s late drummer] You play these songs many times, but sometimes when you record a song and then start playing it live, it starts to sound different – it’s a little different when you play it live. So sometimes they will speed it up a bit. So I try to get these songs to a place where it’s almost in the middle – somewhere like the studio version and somewhere else like the live version. Because when you play live, the adrenaline is pumping. You’re human, and we’re not playing with a click or anything. So I always wanted to keep that groove going, because Rex [Brown, PANTERA bassist] And I, we look at each other and we feel and we connect. And the relationship he had with her Winnie That’s the kind of relationship I want to have with him.

“So, to answer that question, it took me a few months to really play every song the way we play it now.” Charlie “And every time we play, it’s going to get better and better. Or at least I hope it does.

“The first show we played [at Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest on December 2]There were a lot of emotions, but I had to focus on the songs and the show and not let my emotions get the better of me.”

PanteraThe second live performance in 20 years took place on Tuesday night (December 6). Monterey Metal Festival at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Surviving members brown and Philip Anselmo (Voices) join PanteraLine-up improvised by guitarist Zack Weld ((Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) and Benant.

Earlier on Tuesday Benant reflected on Hell and heaven Concert during the show SiriusXMof the “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk”. He said: “Basically, we go up there and there’s a big kabuki screen in front of us and the four of us are just going up there. Philip Drum riser came in and we had this moment where we were shaking hands. We were very excited. And then I looked at him Rex And I looked at him Zak, and the four of us just had this relationship. And before I knew it—boom—we were right to play ‘A New Level’. And he was gone from there. And I was looking at the set list, and I saw the next song coming on, and I was excited about that song. And then the song would end, and I looked down, and I was like, ‘Oh, I love this song. yes!’ That was the whole night for me – just getting really hyped about the next song and what. So I enjoyed myself.”

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“One thing I did with these guys about a month ago, I said, ‘Man, let’s try and be in the moment and just enjoy it,'” he continued. And that’s what we all did – we just kind of enjoyed it.”

Talking about how he and his members are Pantera came up with a set list for Hell and heaven activity, Charlie He said: Indeed RexI and Philip, we were on the phone and we basically came up with the set list. And I remember being told, ‘You guys are really close to this stuff. From my perspective, as a fan, these are songs that, of course, should be played. And of course, they agreed to it. But then there were some deep cuts that we also wanted. And they welcomed him. We even talked about adding more songs to the setlist for next year. So everyone is very open. The way I looked at it is, ‘Let’s try and break every record. Let’s try to play at least one song from each record. So that’s what we’re trying to do.”

He added: “For this run here in South America, we’re going to keep it [the setlist] As it is, but next year I can see a song or two being dropped and replaced with another song. We already talked about it the other day.”

It was first reported in July Anselmo and brown Be together Weld and Benant Down to the world tour Pantera Banner

The group will headline several other major festivals in North America, South America and Europe and perform some of their headline concerts. They will also support Metallica on a major North American stadium tour in 2023 and 2024.

according to Billboardthe lineup has been given the green light by the band’s founders’ estate, Winnie Paul And the guitarist “Dimbug” Daryl Abbottas well as brownwho said last year Weld Does not travel with Pantera If rejoined. It is unclear what changed his mind.

Benant said “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” that Dimbig and Winnie There is a large part of the new Pantera show up

“Before Planetary caravan Starting off, we have this video that goes with a small snippet of the song ‘Cemetery Gates’And it’s basically an honor Dem and WinnieHe explained. “I mean, Dem and Winnie are all over the place. They are in my drum kit. Zak They have patches with them. But even in spirit, they are there.

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“Before we go, Sterling Winfieldwho was very close Dem and Winnie – He basically engineered the last three records that Pantera Did – he brought me a pair WinnieOld gloves, and he brought me one DarylThe old bracelet he was wearing” Benant “And I put on a wristband and I did the show with that wristband on. And I put the gloves in my pocket. So I had both with me that night,” he added.

About how he prepares for it Pantera live shows, Charlie said: “When I spoke Philip Back in – it was the end of December [2021] About that, that day, I hung up the phone and I immediately started logging into my head Pantera Find out the status and only things. Because I knew these songs, but I didn’t know how to approach the singing, how I was going to do it. And the one thing I wanted is that I just wanted to play it like Vinnie. When the fans hear it, when anyone hears it, I wanted them to close their eyes and I wanted it to sound. Winnie

For how he felt about his personal performance Hell and heaven, Benant said: “I felt good about it. There were a few things I would have played a little differently. Not so many parts, but I think we were all a little bit – the adrenaline was going, and I Just want to put some songs back some we play here [at Monterrey Metal Fest in Monterrey, Mexico] Tonight, and I think I’m going to rest a little more and just kind of settle down. I mean, it was the first show, so that was expected. We are human beings. I don’t play with a click track. So tonight I think I’ll hold back a little more.”

Charlie He also talked about the chemistry of his music Rex“That’s the thing,” he said. “I didn’t know how we were going to get together and when we were going to have a relationship. But I have to be honest with you, when I went to New Orleans in September and that was it. just me, Rex and Philip. And after the first day, Rex And I, we had such a relationship, and he told me, he was like, ‘Man, when I close my eyes, I feel like this is it. Winnie up there.’ So it made me feel so Well when he said that. and Philip He also told him. So I was so Happy with that. Because, honestly, I really did my homework. We talk about these little things – things that maybe people wouldn’t hear – I put them in there because it’s important for me to present them. Winnie will.”

As for his drum arrangement Pantera show up Benant Said: “It’s a completely different setting [to what I play with ANTHRAX]. I like very much WinnieCut, way Winnie play the game I wanted to play a cut like this because it gave me a bit more of a challenge. And I couldn’t add any more drums to it, because I just wanted to have two toms in the front – the floor toms – so I’m totally sticking with the way he had it, and I want him on the Play exactly as he has. This and it sounds exactly how he had it too. So how do I get to that.”

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Charlie He added that he does not understand all the negative comments that have been directed at him and other members. Pantera To keep the band’s legacy alive.

“It was never a reunion,” he explained. “How can it be without reuniting Winnie and Dem over here? Sometimes people will send me something, and I see things online, and it’s very disrespectful to both of them. Daryl and Winnie, and it is completely disrespectful to us. And it’s just, like, ‘Man, if you don’t want to come, you don’t have to come.’

“One of the first things I told him Philip On the phone, I said, ‘This, for me, is more than an emotional level which Another level.’ It means a lot to me personally, to go out there and represent these guys and represent them Pantera Name, he continued. “And that’s all I’ll ever want for me. I don’t care about the finances and stuff like that; it’s, for me, I’ve got to do it. I don’t want to see anybody else play these songs but I’m getting up there.”

Reflecting on his early conversations with Anselmo Regarding participation in reforms Pantera, Charlie “I was very happy about that. I said, ‘Thank you for thinking of me,'” he said. And they were like, ‘No one else was.’ And that made me feel really good because they knew the relationship with me Daryl And they know my relationship Winnie. And I loved those boys, and I love those two boys so much.”

till death Winnie remained on non-negotiable terms Anselmowhich the drummer indirectly blamed Dimbigdeath

Winnie Paul and Dimbig Co-founded Pantera. when Pantera Separated in 2003, they made up Harmful plan. On December 8, 2004, with Harmful plan At Alrosa Villas in Columbus, Ohio, Dimbig Shot and killed on stage by a disturbed schizophrenic who believed his limbs Pantera Stealing his thoughts.

Winnie Died on June 22, 2018 at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 54. He died of an enlarged heart as well as congestive heart failure. His death was the result of chronic weakening of the heart muscle – basically meaning his heart couldn’t pump blood as well as a healthy heart.


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