PANTHERThis spring’s concert in Austria has been canceled following an outcry over the singer Philippe Anselmeprevious racist remarks by.
The reformed group – with PANTHERsurviving members Anselm and Brown Rex (bass) with the guitarist Zak Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, THE BLACK BRAND SOCIETY) and drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) — were scheduled to perform at Gasometer in Vienna on May 31 as part of their Spring/Summer 2023 European tour. However, earlier today (Wednesday January 25), promoters Barracuda Music and Mind Over Matter Music released a statement on social media saying the show had been dropped. “All tickets can be returned to where purchased,” the promoters wrote. “Thank you for understanding.”
Music Barracuda and Mind Over Matter Music did not give an explanation for the cancellation, but the majority of fans commented on the comments of the promoters Facebook page assumed the move was made for the same reason PANTHERthe appearances of Rock Am ring and Rock Im Park festivals in Germany were canceled earlier this week.
Much of the backlash that led to German concert cancellations stemmed from the fact that Anselm gave a Nazi-style salute when performing in January 2016 “Dimebash” event at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood in honor of the late PANTHER guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. He also appeared to say “white power” while making the gesture, but later claimed he was joking about drinking white wine backstage and reacting to members of the public who he said made fun of him.
Other criticisms have been leveled at the fact that Rock Am ring takes place in Nürnberg (known in its English form as Nuremberg), where Hitler supporters held a series of mass Nazi Party rallies between 1933 and 1938.
By calling to Rock Am ring and Rock Im Park the organizers cancel PANTHERat festivals, the German Green Party told the Nuremberg City Council that Anselm “repeatedly and deliberately made Nazi gestures and shouted racist slogans.” Reka Lorincz, the spokeswoman for the Greens Against Racism and Right-wing Extremism, added that “the premises of the former Nazi party” were “deliberately misused for the staging and reproduction of a racist and inhumane ideology”. . The Green Party representative told German magazine Stern that AnselmThe apology for his outburst of white power was “not credible enough” and that the group’s accommodation at the former Nazi Party rally grounds “clearly crosses the line of what is bearable”.
“We are relieved by the organizer’s decision not to offer the group PANTHER a step. their singer Phil Anselmo had repeatedly drawn attention with anti-Semitic and racist incidents,” Lorincz wrote in a statement on the Green Party website. “Therefore, a performance was unimaginable for us – especially on the former Nazi Party rally grounds.”
In the days leading up to the cancellation of the concert in Vienna, Vienna’s Green Party demanded that this performance be canceled as well.
“Because of its National Socialist past, Vienna in particular has a special historical responsibility to oppose any form of right-wing extremism. The emergence of PANTHER is totally incompatible with this responsibility,” they said in a statement. “Therefore, this cannot mean for Vienna: no stage for a Hitler hello, no scene for PANTHER!” At the request of the WHAT, Music Barracuda explained in a statement Tuesday, January 24: “We are currently studying the possibility of canceling the show.”
In May 2019, Anselm has been requested by the UK Once again! magazine if he feels the “Dimebash” the debate is something he has gone beyond. He replied: “I feel like it’s ridiculous. I made a quirky joke and ‘Boom!’ – it’s as if I was literally Hitler! I’m not. I take each individual one at a time, as any logical individual would. I have love in my heart. Over the years, I have learned to take the first step with love and to prioritize good faith. I get along with everyone. If there’s any doubt about my political leanings, people should get it out of their heads. I was raised among a dazzling [cast of characters] from the theater, from the mental hospital, from all walks of life – of all colors, creeds and genders. It’s absurd to me that anyone these days can judge someone on the color of their skin, their heritage or their religion. I’m a harmless guy. I am a reactionary, not a troublemaker.”
In the days following the “Dimebash” incident, MACHINE HEADit is Robb Flynn – who played PANTHER songs with Anselm at the event – posted an eleven-minute response video in which he denounced Anselm as a “big bully” and a racist. He concluded by saying that he would never play another PANTHER song again. ANTHRAXit is Ian Scottwho is Jewish, released a statement on his official website saying, “Philipthe actions of were despicable” and invited Anselm make a donation to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Old PANTHER drummer Vinnie Paul Abbottwho had not spoken to Anselm since the group split in 2003, has been dismissive when asked for comment on the singer’s salute to white power. “I can’t speak for him” Vinnie said in a 2016 interview. “He’s done a lot of things that tarnish the image of this PANTHER was at the time and what it stood for and what it was about. And that’s sad.”
In 2017, Anselm lambasted “fake journalism in the metal community” for suggesting he was racist due to his actions at “Dimebash”.
In the weeks following the “Dimebash” incident, Anselmit is LOW project has canceled a number of shows, including at France Hellfestdutch party FortaRock and UK Download. The singer wrote an open letter to the Hellfest organizers in which he said it was not the right time to LOW to travel. He also revealed that he suffered from a recurring knee injury and needed rehabilitation.
The PANTERA concert on May 31, 2023 at the Vienna Gasometer is cancelled.
All tickets can be returned to where purchased.
Thank you for understanding.
Posted by Mind Over Matter Music on Wednesday January 25th, 2023