Down pulled from Dutch festival bill
FortaRock organisers say Phil Anselmo is “no longer welcome” after his “white power” outburst
Organisers of Dutch festival FortaRock have pulled Phil Anselmo's Down from this year’s bill.
The band were due to appear at the event on June 4 and 5 at Nijmegen, Netherlands. But following frontman Anselmo’s “white power” outburst last week, the vocalist has been told he and his band are “no longer welcome” at the gathering.
FortaRock organisers say in a statement: “After the recent outbursts by singer Phil Anselmo during the Dimebash event in the US, his band Down is no longer welcome at FortaRock.
“There has been close consultation between all parties in recent days since we wanted to make a well-informed decision. On that basis, the decision is made to cancel the act.
"We want to make clear that there is no room for racism or fascism at FortaRock.”
Anselmo initially refused to say sorry and insisted he was making an in-joke about drinking white wine backstage.