Pantera Members, Tommy Lee + Moby Discussed Forming Band Together, Moby Says
At some point circa 1990s, a supergroup with Pantera's late Abbott brothers — Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul — plus Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and the techno music mainstay Moby was discussed between the four, as the electronic musician recently said.
What would their name have been? "The Sober Fucks," the teetotaling Moby laughingly reveals, seeing as how both Pantera and Motley Crue were known for their heavy alcohol consumption. Drinking was a prominent part of the two groups' public images and is mentioned frequently in biographies of the bands.
Moby's Proposed Pantera Supergroup
"I've been sober for a while now, but this was a late-night, alcohol-fuelled idea between Pantera's guitarist, Dimebag Darrell, drummer Vinnie Paul, Tommy Lee and I," Moby told NME in an interview.
Moby, best known for 1999's Play and who often dabbles in rock, adds, "I regret not starting this chaotic metal band with them, which would have sounded like a cross between Pantera and my old punk group Flipper."
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Likewise, Moby said he also tried to go metal with fellow electro icon Bjork.
"In the early '90s, I was having brunch with Bjork and said, 'We should start a heavy metal band together,'" Moby explains. "She was very polite. But she had no idea what I was talking about! It was so far outside her realm of consideration that it didn't even register!"
Pantera Are Back Together Now
Last summer, word emerged that Pantera would tour again with a reformulated lineup. Naturally, rock and metal fans responded. Get tickets for upcoming Pantera shows here.
Vinnie, later of Hellyeah, died in 2018. Dimebag was fatally shot onstage in 2004 during a show by his and Paul's Damageplan. Their joint gravesite is in their home state of Texas.
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Pantera 2023 Tour Dates
May 20 – Daytona, Fla. @ Welcome to Rockville
May 26 – Sofia, Bulgaria @ Armeets Arena
May 27 – Bucharest, Romania @ Metalhead Mtg
May 30 – Budapest, Hungary @ Barba Negra
June 5 – Lodz, Poland @ Atlas Arena
June 8-10 – Hyvinkaa, Finland @ RockFest
June 10 – Solvsborg, Sweden @ SwedenRock
June 12 – Prague, Czech Republic @ O2 Arena
June 13 – Berlin, Germany @ Verti Hall
June 15 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Copenhell
June 21 – Hamburg, Germany @ Edel Optics
June 22-24 – Oslo, Norway @ TonsOfRock
July 13 – Cadott, Wis. @ Rockfest
July 15 – Mansfield, Ohio @ Inkcarceration
July 28 – Burgettstown, Pa. @ The Pavilion
July 29 – Noblesville, Ind. @ Ruoff Music Ctr
July 31 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ American Fam. Amp.
Aug. 2 – Camden, N.J. @ Freedom Pavilion
Aug. 4 – New York, N.Y. @ MetLife Stadium
Aug. 5 – Hershey, Pa. @ Hersheypark
Aug. 6 – Scranton, Pa. @ Pavilion
Aug. 8 – Syracuse, N.Y. @ St. Joseph's Amp.
Aug. 9 – Darien Center, N.Y. @ Darien Lake Amp.
Aug. 11 – Montreal, Quebec @ Olympique
Aug. 12 – Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage
Aug. 15 – Rogers, Ark. @ Walmart Amp.
Aug. 17 – Woodlands, Texas @ Mitchell Pavilion
Aug. 18 – Arlington, Texas @ AT&T Stadium
Aug. 20 – Austin, Texas @ Germania Amp.
Aug. 23 – Denver, Colo. @ Ball Arena
Aug. 25 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ SoFi Stadium
Aug. 26 – Chula Vista, Calif. @ North Island Amp.
Aug. 29 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ USANA Amp.
Aug. 31 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amp.
Sept. 1 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ State Farm Stadium
Sept. 3 - Pryor, Okla. @ Rocklahoma
Sept. 7 – Bangor, Maine @ Maine Savings Amp.
Sept. 8 – Gilford, N.H. @ Bank of N.H. Pavilion
Sept. 10 – Alton, Va. @ Blue Ridge Rock Fest
Sept. 12 – Alpharetta, Ga. @ Ameris Amp.
Sept. 14 – Virginia Beach, Va. @ Veterans Utd
Sept. 15 – Bristow, Va. @ Jiffy Lube Live
Sept. 23 - Louisville, Ky. @ Louder Than Life
Oct. 7 - Sacramento, Calif. @ Aftershock
Nov. 3 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Dome
Nov. 10 – Detroit, Mich. @ Ford Field
Aug. 2, 2024 – Foxborough, Mass. @ Gillette Stadium
Aug. 9, 2024 – Chicago, Ill. @ Soldier Field
Aug. 16, 2024 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ US Bank Stadium
Aug. 23, 2024 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Commonwealth
Aug. 30, 2024 – Seattle, Wash. @ Lumen Field