Phil Anselmo has issued another apology for ending a show with a Nazi salute and a shout of “white power.” The move has been heavily criticized by the metal community, and the former Pantera frontman’s current band, Down, was pulled from the FortaRock festival bill earlier this week due to his actions.
Anselmo previously posted a video message apologizing for the stunt, but in a new message on his website, the singer goes more in-depth, and apologizes to his current band mates for the move.
Read the full apology below:
"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 bandmates 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"
A ton of metal musicians—including members of Anthrax, Darkest Hour and All Shall Perish—have publicly ripped Anselmo for his actions. Click here to read their responses.