Following DOWN‘s show cancellation at the annual Dutch festival FortaRock due to Phil Anselmo’s ‘white power’ gesture, singer has apologized to his bandmates with a message on his official website, saying he doesn’t want to drag them down with him.
“To all this will concern
Every citizen in this entire world has the unalienable right to live with dignity and respect without hate or oppression. And I mean this, with all of my crushed, yet, guilty heart.
It’s common knowledge that we can choose to either learn from our mistakes, or continue on a path of insensitivity and destruction.
I am utterly responsible for the mistakes I have made, and can only give you my word to no longer do them in the present, through ACTION, not just mere words.
My band mates are now experiencing the consequences of my behavior, and I now publicly apologize to them as well. Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me, and I’ve privately suggested to them that they move on without me.
My biggest obstacle(s) are the over-indulging in the booze and blurting out spiteful, ignorant reductions of the human spirit itself. I will address these issues, head-on.
I’m repulsed by my own actions, and the self-loathing I’m going through right now is justified by the hurt I’ve caused.
I realize we live in a society where apologies are NOT accepted easily, yet long for a day when they can be, but I also understand if I’m shunned till I hit the dirt.
From the bottom of my heart, and with all sincerity, I once again am truly sorry for the pain I have caused.
With truth, love, hope & respect-
Philip H. Anselmo”
The incident happened on January 22 at the fifth annual Dimebash event at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood. The event featured iconic musicians like former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown, FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl, METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo and many others.