Machine Head frontman attacks ‘bully’ Phil Anselmo following Nazi salute scandal

Rob Flynn was on stage during controversial Dimebash incident

Rob Flynn of Machine Head has criticised Phil Anselmo after he was filmed performing a Nazi salute and shouting “white power” at a gig last week.

Anselmo has already dismissed the incident, saying he was joking, and addressed the controversy in a comment on the Youtube video, writing: “Ok folks, I’ll own this one, but dammit, I was joking, and the ‘inside joke of the night’ was because we were drinking fucking white wine”.

The incident took place at this year’s Dimebash, a festival held in Hollywood in tribute to deceased Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell.


Since then Flynn has taken time out to record a video blog in which he addresses Anselmo and his actions. In the video, which can be seen below, Flynn claims that he has heard the former Pantera member use racially insensitive language in the past and calls out sections of the metal community for allowing racism to exist within the scene.

Starting off by doubting Anselmo’s claims that he was drunk on white wine before the gig, Flynn says: “”I was there, and I could tell you for a fact that there wasn’t a chardonnay or a pinot grigio in sight backstage. In fact, the only thing you were drinking, Phil Anselmo, was Becks German beer. Maybe that’s where the joke came from.”


Recalling his memories of the night and Anselmo’s reputation among friends, Flynn adds: “I was only onstage when we were playing [Pantera’s] ‘A New Level’ and you were sieg heil-ing after the ‘and power’ like you’ve done forever now. And nobody calls you on it. No bands call you on it. I’ve talked to people on so many tours. ‘Yeah, Anselmo’s up there sieg heil-ing and mouthing the words ‘white power.’ ‘Why don’t you call him on it?’ ‘Oh, because I love Pantera, man, and who wants to start shit with him?’ Exactly. Who wants to start shit with you? You’re a big bully. A big, scary dude. But enough’s enough.”

Flynn goes on to applaud the “courageous” user who posted the footage of Anselmo. “Thankfully, you decided to do the right thing,” he said. “And you put it up, knowing full well that you were going to get the wrath of the metal community. Only in the metal community is something like this so, so brushed off. If this was Chad [Kroeger] from Nickelback, if this was Justin Bieber, if this was Tom Brady, if this was Lars fucking Ulrich, heads would roll. Holy shit. The goddamn shitstorm that would fly around if Lars Ulrich screamed ‘white power!’ from the stage.”

Speaking directly to the camera, Flynn then moves his ire onto those who have defended Anselmo and others who have been accused of racism. “If you weren’t offended by that, fuck you. There’s no place for that in metal, and if there is a place for that in metal, count me out. Goodbye, Phil Anselmo. I’ll never be playing another Pantera song again as long as I live.”


Anselmo served as Pantera frontman from 1986 to their split in 2003. He later formed supergroup Down.