After Phil Anselmo said he was just “joking” when he did a Nazi salute and yelled “white power” at a concert over the weekend, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn is calling out the former Pantera frontman in a lengthy video posted by Metal Injection.
As reported by Loudwire, Anselmo addressed his critics in the comments section of a YouTube video posted from last Friday’s Dimebash all-star concert, which celebrates his late Pantera bandmate “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. “Ok folks, I’ll own this one, but dammit, I was joking, and the ‘inside joke of the night’ was because we were drinking f—ing white wine,” he writes. “Of all f—ing things. Some of y’all need to thicken up your skin. There’s plenty of f—ers to pick on with a more realistic agenda. I f—ing love everyone, I f—ing loathe everyone, and that’s that. No apologies from me.”
However, as Flynn states in the video, “I was there, and I could tell you for a fact that there wasn’t a chardonnay or a pinot grigio in sight backstage. In fact, the only thing you were drinking, Phil Anselmo, was Becks German beer. Maybe that’s where the joke came from.”
Flynn continues by saying he applauds the “courageous” poster of the video for putting it up intact after originally editing out Anselmo’s behavior, because “really, it was almost too much to believe, wasn’t it? That this shouldn’t somehow be seen? Thankfully, you decided to do the right thing. And you put it up, knowing full well that you were going to get the wrath of the metal community.” Noting how Anselmo supporters on the metal sites Blabbermouth and Metalsucks have made comments saying people are getting worked up over nothing, Flynn says, “Only in the metal community is something like this so, so brushed off. If this was Chad [Kroeger] from Nickelback, if this was Justin Bieber, if this was Tom Brady, if this was Lars f—ing Ulrich, heads would roll. Holy shit. The goddamn shitstorm that would fly around if Lars Ulrich screamed ‘white power!’ from the stage.”
Flynn also claims that earlier that night, when he was chatting with Anselmo, he used the N-word to describe how much he hated a particular era of Machine Head and how the band sounded. “The thing that’s amazing about this is that we’re all scared to say anything,” Flynn says. “[YouTube user] Chris R was scared to put that video up. I am scared to put this video out because we all sit there and look at ourselves, and it reminds us of every time we’ve ever said the word ‘n—er.’ And I have said the word ‘n—er’ before. I was jumped by 15 black guys. I was angry for a while. But you know, that was in my 20s, and at some point along this journey of life, you change.”
Flynn says his band has been having a “huge” discussion about whether he should comment about the situation, but he decided to do so because “I had to stand on f—ing stage with you — and granted, I wasn’t onstage anymore when you said all that stupid shit. No, I was only onstage when we were playing [Pantera’s] ‘A New Level’ and you were sieg heil-ing after the ‘and power’ like you’ve done forever now. And nobody calls you on it. No bands call you on it. I’ve talked to people on so many tours. ‘Yeah, Anselmo’s up there sieg heil-ing and mouthing the words ‘white power.’ ‘Why don’t you call him on it?’ ‘Oh, because I love Pantera, man, and who wants to start shit with him?’ Exactly. Who wants to start shit with you? You’re a big bully. A big, scary dude. But enough’s enough.”
Flynn’s closing comments included telling online posters who said Anselmo’s actions weren’t offensive, “If you weren’t offended by that, f— you. F— you. F— you. There’s no place for that in metal, and if there is a place for that in metal, count me out. Goodbye, Phil Anselmo. I’ll never be playing another Pantera song again as long as I live.”
This is not the first time Anselmo has had to deny he’s a racist. The MetalSucks hard-rock news site has taken him to task for the latest incident with an editorial, under the headline “The Metal Community Must Stop Letting Phil Anselmo Off the Hook for His Racist Remarks.”
Anselmo, who served as Pantera frontman from 1987 until their split in 2003, continues to front the group Down.
The Dimebash at Hollywood’s Lucky Strike Bowling benefited the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund and paid tribute to Abbott, who was shot dead onstage at an Ohio concert in December 2004. The concert also featured performances from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, Slayer’s Dave Lombardo and Machine Head.