Phil Anselmo axed from metal festival following Nazi salute incident

Anselmo's band Down have been pulled from FortaRock line-up

Phil Anselmo’s band have been removed from the line-up of a Dutch music festival following an incident in which he was filmed carrying out a Nazi salute and shouting “White power”.

Former Pantera frontman Anselmo was forced to apologise after being 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 (pictured below).

Anselmo initialy dismissed his actions as a “joke”.


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Down, the band fronted by the former Pantera musician, were due to perform at Dutch festival FortaRock in June. However, in the wake of this week’s controversey, organisers have decided against welcoming the band to their event.


Festival organisers explained the decision in a statement: “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. Anselmo ended the show in the U.S. with a Nazi salute and shouted ‘white power.’

“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 takes place June 4-5 in Nijmegen, Holland.

In the days following the incident, Anselmo had been accused of racism by peers including Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn and Scott Ian of Anthrax.