Tim Keller, the mayor of Albuquerque, N.M., showed his support for one of his favorite music groups at a bill-signing ceremony last week. 

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While signing legislation to allow employees in the city be granted paid parental leave, the Democratic mayor sported a Pantera sweater.

Keller disclosed in a tweet celebrating the signing over the weekend that the sweater was gifted to him by Pantera bassist Rex Brown.

 

Brown, who also lives in Albuquerque, shared the news on his own verified Facebook account on Friday, while referring to Keller as his “buddy” and a “hella of a guy." 

 

Keller, a longtime fan of metal music, said in an interview with The New York Times last year that “Albuquerque has always been pretty strong on the heavy metal front.”

“What can I say, this is something I’ve been into for a long time,” he added.