The controversial Pantera reunion has met its first major roadblock since hitting the road last year, as two of Europe’s biggest rock festivals have announced that they are removing the band from their lineups.
Germany’s Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals – twin events that share lineups across two different sites across the same weekend in June – have announced that, following serious discussions with numerous festival partners, bands playing this year’s editions and ticket-buying fans, they have taken the decision to cancel Pantera’s appearance this year.
“Pantera will not be performing at Rock am Ring and Rock im Park 2023, as announced,” reads a translated version of a statement posted on both festivals’ Facebook pages. “In the last few weeks, we have had many intensive conversations with artists, our partners and you, the festival fans, we have continued to deal with the criticism together and decided to remove the band from the program.”
The festivals, which take place June 2-4 in Nürburgring and Nürnberg, will feature appearances from Rise Against, Limp Bizkit, Kings Of Leon, Tenacious D, Bring Me The Horizon, Machine Gun Kelly and many more.