Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian on Phil Anselmo: “Forgive him, but only if he deserves it”

Fellow metal musician comments further on Anselmo's anti-Semitic outburst

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has joined the backlash regarding Phil Anselmo’s anti-Semitic comments on stage at Dimebash.

Anselmo was caught on film making the salute at the end of his performance at Dimebash 2016, a festival held in Hollywood in tribute to the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell.

According to Sticks and Stones, Ian said: “Just asking to be forgiven doesn’t mean you should be forgiven. I’ve had a long running dialogue with Phil since this happened. I’ve known the dude almost 30 years. He’s like a brother – he’s family. And when someone in your family has a problem, you discuss it and you try to find a solution.”


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“It’s not okay in any world, let alone the metal world, to do these kind of things in any context. Words are too powerful. Especially Phil Anselmo’s words” the guitarist reiterated in an interview. “There’s too many impressionable people out there who listen to everything that dude says.” You can view the incident in the player below.

Anselmo was forced to apologise after being caught on film making a Nazi salute and shouting “white power” at the end of his performance at Dimebash 2016, a festival held in Hollywood in tribute to his late bandmate Dimebag Darrell. Below, you can view Anselmo’s formal apology.

Anselmo initially dismissed his actions as a “joke” and subsequently offered to quit his band Down after they were axed from a Dutch festival in the wake of the controversy.


Anselmo appeared at the Days Of The Dead horror convention in Atlanta, Georgia, where he took to the stage for a karaoke session.

During the karaoke set, Anselmo covered The Smiths‘ ‘How Soon Is Now’ and performed with The A League, an African-American vocal group. The group’s official website describe their aim “to be positive role models and prove that everyone can have fun together and succeed regardless of race, age, sex, or class.”


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