Pantera has scheduled two exhibits in Germany – on June 2 at Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart and on June 3 at Messe Dresden in Dresden – after their appearances on the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals have been cancelled.
Based on a press release from the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park organizers on the time, the cancellations got here after conversations with artists and followers about accusations of previous racism from Pantera.
“Pantera will not be performing at Rock in the Park and Rock in the Ring 2023, as announced,” reads the assertion. “In the last few weeks, we have had many intensive conversations with artists, our partners and you, the festival fans, we have continued to deal with the criticism together and decided to remove the band from the program.”
Accusations of racism no less than partially stem from an incident on the 2016 Dimebash present the place Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo did a “Sieg Heil” gesture and yelled “white power.” Anselmo has since claimed it was a joke because of consuming white wine again stage and issued an apology, although Machine Head vocalist Robb Flynn had claimed on the time there was no white wine backstage.
The criticism additionally comes from the truth that each Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring are being held in Nürnberg the place Nazi social gathering rallies have been famously held between 1933 and 1938.
The German Inexperienced Get together stated throughout a latest metropolis council assembly that Anselmo had “repeatedly and deliberately made Nazi gestures and yelled racist slogans.” Spokeswoman for the Greens towards racism and right-wing extremism Réka Lörincz added “the former Nazi party premises” have been “being deliberately misused for the staging and reproduction of racist and inhuman ideology.”
Pantera‘s present in Vienna, Austria for Might 31 was additionally cancelled for a similar purpose and has since been changed by a second present at Barba Negra in Budapest.
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