*OH PHIL OH PHIL………TO ME ITS LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE GOT WAY TOO HAMMERED AND SLIPPED A “NOO NOO” INTO THE END OF THE NIGHT. IF THAT’S YOUR THING PHIL, GOOD LUCK AND GODSPEED!*
Metal musicians have condemned Pantera frontman Philip Anselmo after he was filmed last week giving a Nazi salute and shouting “white power”.
Anselmo was filmed by a fan at the Dimebash event on 22 January, a tribute to Pantera’s late guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. He claimed at first he had been making a joke about the white wine served to performers at the event, who included Dave Grohl and members of Metallica, and said: “I fucking love everyone, I fucking loathe everyone, and that’s that. No apologies from me.”
He backtracked on that on Saturday, when he issued a statement on Housecore Records’ YouTube channel, saying:
“Philip H Anselmo here, and I’m here to basically respond to all the heat I’ve been getting that I deserve completely.
“I was at the Dimebash, and it was extremely late at night. There was heavy-duty talk between myself and those who love Dime. And heavy emotions were flowing, jokes were made backstage that transpired upon the stage, and it was ugly. It was uncalled for. And anyone who knows me and my true nature knows that I don’t believe in any of that; I don’t want to be part of any group. I’m an individual, and I am a thousand percent apologetic to anyone that took offence to what I said because you should have taken offence to what I said. And I am so sorry, and I hope you just … man, give me another chance to … just give me another chance. I love all of you. And anyone who’s met me, anyone who knows me knows that I love all of you. Bless you.”
Anselmo has been widely condemned for his remarks in the metal community, not least because he has been linked with racism in the past. In 1994, questioned on MTV about allegations of racist elements in his lyrics, he refused to condemn fans shouting “white power” at Pantera gigs. The following year, after telling fans “Pantera are not a racist band”, he condemned rap artists for “pissing all over white culture” and concluded: “Tonight is a white thing.” In 2015 he expressed his regret for incorporating the Confederate flag into cover artwork for his band Superjoint Ritual.
This time, musicians have come forward to call out Anselmo.
“Seeing Phil’s actions and his cowardly justification is not only disgusting and inexcusable but antithetical to the punk, metal, underground ethos to which we subscribe,” said the metalcore band All Shall Perish. “Racism has no place in metal to me, metal/punk/hardcore/whateverthefuckyoucallit should be unifying,” said Darkest Hour’s Mike Schleibaum