Pantera Tour Stalled After Phil Anselmo Breaks Ribs

Pantera fans who’ve been waiting since March for the band to launch a headlining U.S. tour in support of Reinventing the Steel will have to wait a bit longer.

With less than one week to go until the kickoff of their tour with Kittie and Morbid Angel, Pantera have been forced to put tour plans on hold after frontman Phil Anselmo broke two ribs.

The group’s manager, Kimberly Zide, said Anselmo’s injury is the result of a simple slip. The trek, which had dates lined up through mid-December, will now be rescheduled for February.

“We all just spoke with Philip. He feels terrible, and it’s just humanly impossible to sing with two broken ribs,” Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul said in a statement. “All four of us just want him to heal quick so we can get the hell on the road. We know that all of our fans were eagerly awaiting the tour and will be very disappointed, as are all four of us. It was an accident, and it couldn’t be helped. We have every
intention of hitting all the cities that we were going to play on this tour.”

Up ’til now, Pantera had put together a road record that rivals Cal Ripken, going 14 years without having to postpone a show.

The group delivered Reinventing the Steel on March 14 and supported it with a co-headlining run on Ozzfest 2000.