Pantera is not having an amazing week. The band’s appearances at each the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals in Germany this summer season have been cancelled, and now their Might 31 present in Vienna, Austria has been cancelled as nicely. Competition promoters Thoughts Over Matter Music did not give a motive for the cancellation aside from issuing the next assertion:
“Pantera live performance on the 31st Might 2023 on the Vienna Gasometer can be canceled. All tickets may be returned the place they have been bought. Thanks on your understanding.”
Nevertheless, the cancellations for each the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals have been explicitly as a consequence of accusations of previous racism. “Pantera won’t be acting at Rock within the Park and Rock within the Ring 2023, as introduced,” learn the organizer’s assertion earlier this week. “In the previous couple of weeks, we have now had many intensive conversations with artists, our companions and also you, the pageant followers, we have now continued to take care of the criticism collectively and determined to take away the band from this system.”
The accusations at the very least partially stem from an incident on the 2016 Dimebash present the place Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo did a “Sieg Heil” gesture and yelled “white energy.” Anselmo has since claimed it was a joke as a consequence of ingesting 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.
In response to Blabbermouth, the criticism additionally comes from the truth that each Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring are being held in Nürnberg the place Nazi occasion rallies have been famously held between 1933 and 1938.
The German Inexperienced Occasion mentioned throughout a latest metropolis council assembly that Anselmo had “repeatedly and intentionally made Nazi gestures and yelled racist slogans.” Spokeswoman for the Greens in opposition to racism and right-wing extremism Réka Lörincz added “the previous Nazi occasion premises” have been “being intentionally misused for the staging and copy of racist and inhuman ideology.”
The cancelled present are actually as follows:
5/31 – Vienna Gasometer – Vienna, Austria
6/2-4 – Rock Am Ring & Rock Im Park – Nürnberg, Germany
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