Nazi salute and supremacist remarks: Phil Anselmo embarrasses Pantera

Nazi salute and supremacist remarks: Phil Anselmo embarrasses Pantera


Six months before their participation in the Metallica concert at the Olympic stadium, the Texas outfit Pantera find themselves in trouble. Gestures and remarks made by singer Phil Anselmo in 2016 have led three European festivals to eject them from their programming in recent days.

Anselmo was filmed, on stage, doing a Nazi salute and shouting “White Power”, during a 2016 Dimebash festival in Hollywood during a concert honoring guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who died in 2004. A gesture that had been criticized and for which the singer apologized at the time.

The organizers of the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals, which take place in Germany between June 2 and 4, have decided to dismiss the Pantera's new version of its events due to the outcry over the 54-year-old singer's actions and comments. 

The Bank Austria Halle Gasometer festival has also chosen to cancel the performance that Pantera was to give in May in Vienna. 

Pantera is due to open for Metallica on August 11 at the Olympic Stadium with Mammoth WHV, which features Eddie Van Halen's son.

The evenko group, which produces the visit of Metallica in Montreal was made aware of this controversy on Monday. He follows and assesses the situation with his partner Live Nation.

The apologies

The M72 World Tour, which features Metallica, is set to kick off on April 27 at the Johann Crujiff Arena in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Pantera is scheduled to join for the North American leg of this tour on August 4 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Texas quartet is scheduled to perform 12 concerts during this series of shows.

“Over the past few weeks, we have had many intensive conversations with artists, our partners and you, the fans of the festival. We continued to deal with the situation together and we decided to withdraw the group from the line-up,” the two German festivals said in a statement.

The Pantera band, which has resumed service, featuring Anselmo, original bassist Rex Brown, guitarist Zakk Wylde and drummer Charlie Benante, was replaced by Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters.

Phil Anselmo had spoken of a joke, according to the magazine New Musical Express, before apologizing for the gestures committed. He had posted an apology on January 31, 2016 on the YouTube portal.

“I am here to basically respond to all the warmth I have received and which I fully deserve. I was at the Dimebash event and it was extremely late at night. There were intense discussions between me and those who liked Dime. Strong emotions flowed, jokes were made behind the scenes. It was sweating on stage and it was ugly. It was misplaced and anyone who knows my true nature knows that I don't believe in any of that. I apologize one thousand percent to anyone who was offended by what I said, because, yes, you should have been offended for what I said. I'm so sorry. I hope you'll give me another chance… I love you all,” Phil Anselmo said. .