Phil Anselmo

Down Pull Out Of European Festivals, Phil Anselmo Says: “My Embarrassment Is Tremendous” Following Racist Outburst


Earlier in the year ‘Hellfest Open Air‘ festival organizer Ben Barbaud had a €20,000 grant withdrawn by the French government after refusing to remove Down from the lineup of this year’s festival. The call for the band’s removal came following Down frontman Phil Anselmo‘s racist outbursts at the ‘Dimebash‘ event this past January. Barbaud refused to boot the band, reasoning that he believed Anselmo‘s apologies were genuine. Now Down themselves have now backed out of the festival—as well as all other European festival’s this year—at Anselmo‘s own request. Anselmo sent the following statement to Barbaud on that:

“Dearest Ben

Philip H. Anselmo
here Brother…
First, and foremost, there is NO WAY I can possibly thank you enough for “fighting the good fight” for me, and ALL of my bands, namely Down in this instance. Your love & backbone will never be forgotten, and from this point on through the rest of my fighting life, I owe you every ounce of praise!

My AWFUL mistake has taken a toll on my reputation, and justly so! However I must point out, you damned-well KNOW ME better than this drunken incident could ever describe.
Hellfest is my heart!!!

And my embarrassment is tremendous, because I only have LOVE for people all over this skirmishing earth.
So my brother, it fucking rips my heart into further pieces to let you know, I don’t think I should do ANY Euro festivals this year.
So PLEASE I BEG YOU, give me this time to get my brain clear, and to come back (if you will have me back) next year my brother, I implore you!

Plus, the re-emergence of the knee injuries have been plaguing me of late as well, so I must address this too, through physical rehabilitation & rest.

Knowing my character, when I put my mind to something THIS DIRE, I come back 100-times better, and THAT’S what the Mighty Hellfest deserves!!!

My love for you & the rest of the gang that makes Hellfest THE TOPS, goes on and on and on…
Much love & respect-

Philip H. Anselmo (and the H. stands for HEALING)”

As for the ‘Hellfest Open Air‘, Puscifer will now take their spot.

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