Down have cancelled their European tour, including their appearance at Graspop Metal Meeting. Borknagar will also not be joining us this summer.
Phil Anselmo’s recent performance at Dimebash, a tribute festival in the USA, has stirred up a lot of controversy. Seemingly intoxicated, Down frontman Anselmo raised his right arm in a Hitler salute while screaming ‘white power’. The organizers of Graspop Metal Meeting completely dissociate themselves from such extremist views and wish to emphasize they fully condemn this racist and fascist message of hate. Meanwhile, apparently realizing the error of his ways, Anselmo had uploaded an emotional video apologizing for the incident. In the video, he says that “anyone who knows him and his true nature knows he doesn’t believe in any of that”, claiming the outburst was caused by an unfortunate combination of too much alcohol, adrenalin and thoughtlessness.
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