PanteraJoe Giron

Pantera’s Vienna Concert Cancelled, Seemingly Due To Controversy Over Phil Anselmo’s 2016 ‘Dimebash’ Incident


The past actions of Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo appear to have once again cost the reunited Texan groove metal outfit a European gig. Earlier this week it was revealed that Pantera had been removed from this year’s ‘Rock im Ring‘ and ‘Rock am Park‘ festivals in Germany amid public outcry and local political pressure.

Now comes word that the band’s headlining set at the Gasometer in Vienna, Austria that had been booked for May 31st has been pulled by the promoters. A brief statement issued on the matter read as follows:

PANTERA concert on the 31st May 2023 at the Vienna Gasometer will be canceled.
All tickets can be returned where they were purchased.
Thank you for your understanding.”

Though not expressly stated, Anselmo‘s past actions at the 2016 ‘Dimebash‘ were seemingly at the heart of the decision to have the band removed from the bill. During that set, Anselmo was filmed onstage doing a Nazi salute while uttering the phrase ‘white power’.

Anselmo would later apologize for his actions several times, opening up about it at length numerous months later. These latest cancellations and scrapped concerts aren’t the only time Anselmo has faced blowback for his actions that night.

His planned 2019 solo shows with The Illegals were cancelled in 2019. Likewise, his band Down were also forced to scrap numerous shows in the wake of the incident as well.

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