March 10, 2016


Phil Anselmo Asks For 'Time To Get My Brain Clear' in Open Letter

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Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic

Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has been receiving a lot of hate recently after ending a gig with a Nazi salute and "White Power!" chant. The metal community has started to condemn him and the guy was forced to apologize.

Anselmo's other band, Down, pulled out of Hellfest because of the incident. The metal star has posted a new open letter on Facebook in which he apologizes to a Ben (most likely promoter Ben Barbaud), and promises to be back at Hellfest next year, if they'll have him. Read the full note below:

“Dearest Ben-

Philip H. Anselmo here Brother…

First, and foremost, there is NO WAY I can possibly thank you enough for “fighting the good fight” for me, and ALL of my bands, namely Down in this instance. Your love & backbone will never be forgotten, and from this point on through the rest of my fighting life, I owe you every ounce of praise! My AWFUL mistake has taken a toll on my reputation, and justly so! However I must point out, you damned-well KNOW ME better than this drunken incident could ever describe. Hellfest is my heart!!! And my embarrassment is tremendous, because I only have LOVE for people all over this skirmishing earth. So my brother, it fucking rips my heart into further pieces to let you know, I don’t think I should do ANY Euro festivals this year. So PLEASE I BEG YOU, give me this time to get my brain clear, and to come back (if you will have me back) next year my brother, I implore you! Plus, the re-emergence of the knee injuries have been plaguing me of late as well, so I must address this too, through physical rehabilitation & rest. Knowing my character, when I put my mind to something THIS DIRE, I come back 100-times better, and THAT’S what the Mighty Hellfest deserves!!! My love for you & the rest of the gang that makes Hellfest THE TOPS, goes on and on and on…

Much love & respect-

Philip H. Anselmo (and the H. stands for HEALING)”