Phil Anselmo Cut From Dutch Metal Festival Following Nazi Salute and ‘White Power’ Shout
"We want to make clear that there is no room for racism or fascism on FortaRock"
Turns out it’s not cool to throw up a Nazi salute and yell “white power”: Phil Anselmo, the former frontman of the heavy metal group Pantera, has had his other band, Down, cut from the lineup of an upcoming festival in the Netherlands following his unfortunate sieg heil last month.
Anselmo had been performing at Dimebash, a celebration of the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, last month when he decided to “jokingly” express racism and fascism. The organizers of the Dutch metal festival FortaRock, did not accept his apology or explanation that he was really just referring to white wine.
“After the recent outbursts by singer Phil Anselmo during the Dimebash event in the U.S., his band Down is no longer welcome at FortaRock,” a statement from the organizers reads, according to NME. “There has been close consultation between all parties recent days, since we wanted to make a well informed decision. On that basis, the decision is made to cancel the act. We want to make clear that there is no room for racism or fascism on FortaRock.”
FortaRock will take place on June 4 and 5 in Nijmegen, Holland.