Late PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott‘s longtime girlfriend Rita Haney said that she miss apology from MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn for taking “hideous opportunity to hop up on a soap box”.
Former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo has come under fire after a video surfaced of him throwing a nazi salute to the crowd before screaming “white power!”.
This happened last Friday 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.
Several notable musicians have come out and criticized Anselmo for his actions, including Robb Flynn, who described Anselmo’s behavior as “fucking wrong” in an eleven-minute video response to the incident.
Rita posted following message on her Instagram page:
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So to answer all of you that have asked.. and for those who didn’t.. read if you like, but if not, don’t… I think there is really only one thing to say when a man apologizes.. “Thank you for acknowledging you were wrong” The one apology I am missing is the one from Mr. Flynn.. you took a “hideous” opportunity to hop up on a soap box because you were butt hurt about your personal encounters with Philip that night.. you sent me a text message about it in the wee hours of the morning.. and it did not have anything to do with racism.. I support the message you were trying to put out there but not the method behind your message… you masked your real problem with something very important and very serious.. You said to me, “what would Darrell do” ..He would have done exactly what was right… Speak to Philip man to man (like you described you witnessed at one time)… Not jump up in the press and hurt their music, our whole family and organization.. The last time I checked Pantera was not one man.. Rex, Vinnie, and Darrell brought us that music too… Now Philip has owned his mistake.. things ARE different today with racism and racism in reverse.. And you were not just dropping “bombs” in your 20s.. You weren’t calling the kettle “black” not too long ago.. just as I have been guilty of myself!!! There was wine along with many other bottles.. There was lots of joking around about Dave Chapelle with one of our best friends, Dug Pinnick.. and there were emotions that no one could understand, or experience about Darrell, that only his brother, Philip and Rex understand..It is a very heavy situation when any of us come together… Indulging happens.. None of these things can excuse that behavior tho.. but what happened on the stage was regretfully felt by one man… all jokes aside and on a serious note .. As far as the two words and gestures are concerned, on such an amazing and beautiful night… NO!!! I do NOT condone these actions.. I believe their origins are barbarically hideous and embarrassing.. I have accepted Philip’s apology as I want a better world to live in.. The message is a "true" message Robb but sadly your method was not.. 💔