Pantera is not having an important week. The band’s appearances at each the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals in Germany this summer time have been cancelled, and now their Could 31 present in Vienna, Austria has been cancelled as properly. Competition promoters Thoughts Over Matter Music did not give a purpose for the cancellation apart from issuing the next assertion:
“Pantera live performance on the 31st Could 2023 on the Vienna Gasometer can be canceled. All tickets will be returned the place they have been bought. Thanks to your understanding.”
Nonetheless, the cancellations for each the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals have been explicitly on account of accusations of previous racism. “Pantera is not going to 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 competition followers, we have now continued to take care of the criticism collectively and determined to take away the band from this system.”
The accusations 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 energy.” Anselmo has since claimed it was a joke on account 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.
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 get together rallies have been famously held between 1933 and 1938.
The German Inexperienced Get together stated throughout a current metropolis council assembly that Anselmo had “repeatedly and intentionally made Nazi gestures and yelled racist slogans.” Spokeswoman for the Greens towards racism and right-wing extremism Réka Lörincz added “the previous Nazi get together premises” have been “being intentionally misused for the staging and replica of racist and inhuman ideology.”
The cancelled present at the moment are as follows:
5/31 – Vienna Gasometer – Vienna, Austria
6/2-4 – Rock Am Ring & Rock Im Park – Nürnberg, Germany
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