Phil Anselmo Apologizes & Asks For ‘Another Chance’
Former Pantera singer Philip Anselmo has apologized for the “white power” gesture he made onstage after his appearance at Dimebash last week.
Anselmo performed Pantera’s “Walk” at the Jan 22 event at the Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, California in honor of his late bandmate “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. As he left the stage, he made a Nazi-style salute. He shouted “white power” as he made the gesture, but he later claimed he was referring to drinking white wine as part of an “inside joke.”
Several musicians have since come out and criticized Anselmo — including Machine Head singer Robb Flynn, who uploaded an 11 minute video response (below) to the incident in which he called Anselmo a “big bully” and described Philip’s behavior as “fucking wrong.”
Now Anselmo has released a video message, admitting that he “deserves completely” the “heat” that he has been getting over his actions and saying that he is “thousand percent apologetic to anyone that took offense to what [he] said.”
“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 [and] 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 wanna be part of any group. I’m an individual and…
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