Pantera, Suicidal Tendencies, Fear Factory, Etc. Members Set For 2018 Dimebash

The 2018 Dimebash, a celebration of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, is set to take place on January 25 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. The event will feature an all-star jam band composed of members of Pantera, Suicidal Tendencies, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Fear Factory, Armored Saint, King’s X, Ace Frehley, Kyng, Cypress Hill, Biohazard, Powerflo, Fireball Ministry, Prong, and Act Of Defiance. Pumpjack will open the show and SiriusXM‘s Jose Mangin will serve as the host. All proceeds will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, Kitten Rescue LA, and Kyng‘s GoFundMe Campaign for their stolen gear. An official afterparty will also take place at the Affliction Soundstage in Seal Beach, CA after the concert, and it will feature performances from Whiskeydick, Pantera tribute band Cowgirls From Hell, and Kyng.


Phil Anselmo Discusses Infamous Dimebash Incident On Eddie Trunk’s “Trunk Nation”, Calls Out Robb Flynn & Scott Ian

In a new interview with Eddie Trunk, Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.) once again commented on his racist outburst at Dimebash, which he has issued multiple apologies about. During the chat, he also called out Robb Flynn (Machine Head) and Scott Ian (Anthrax), who were both very vocal about the whole situation.


Anselmo said the following (transcribed by The PRP):

“Everybody in my camp, everybody around us, everyone of us. Anybody who has ever watched Robert over the years knows that he watches me and watches me and watches me. And sits in a corner, watches me. And then we get onstage together… You know what, it all comes down to and straight up, he wants to ride the coattails, he wants to ride the coattails.

He started off a song and I told him to stop—and I told him to stop, I hadn’t even announced the song, so he took that as a slight… And I said something like ‘you don’t know me’ which once again is my sense of humor and I know it hurt it his little ego or whatever, which you know, sorry for you brother, but I’m not sorry.

So he made an eleven minute video; some dude who knows nothing about me except Pantera and this and that. And I’m a believer in freedom of speech whether you are joking around or not, whatever. This whole I’m a racist thing is… it’s infuriating because it’s false, absolutely false. And I’d like to turn around and say ‘hey what have you done to better your community Robert? If you’re going to call me out on this supposed heinous act. What have you done? What have you done?’

I know what I’ve done, I know what I’ve done for the inner city kids in Detroit when the Kronk Boxing Gym was getting closed down. I forked over thousands of dollars that I most certainly did not have to make sure those kids got fed, clothed and a place to sleep. Because it was run by the last father figure I had in my goddamn life: a black man named Emanuel Steward, rest in peace. Who used to call me before every fight that he would call on HBO and say ‘whatchu think Phil?’ And he would ask me my opinion of what I thought the outcome would be…”

He also added:

“‘Look at how virtuous I am’, and that’s where little Robert comes in. Look at me, what, living in California? You’re going to compare that shit, compate [it] to living in the south? You’re out of your fucking mind.”

“He had ulterior motives and then you’ve got Scott Ian, who, the day after it happened, he wrote me some e-mail and ‘Phil, what I saw was ugly and this that and the other,’ so says the guy who wrote a record called ‘Speak English Or Die.’ If that record were to come out this year or last year, fuckin’ forget it. Think he’d get pounced on? You’re damn right he would and he knows it.

‘Virtue! Virtue! Virtue signal…’ or if you’re really sorry, donate to this Nazi hunter Jewish cause [Simon Wiesenthal Center] or whatever. I did it in an hour. Did you ever hear about that story? Of course you didn’t. You know why? It doesn’t make good headlines. I donated that hour if not that goddamn second.”

Check out the full interview for more:

Phil Anselmo On Infamous Dimebash Incident: “I Owned That Moment”

Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.) was previously interviewed by Decibel about his infamous “white power” chant and Nazi salute at Dimebash, but now he has talked about it further in a recent interview with The Classic Metal Show. You listen to the chat and see what he had to say below:

“I would say to any critic out there that has terrible things to say about me, look, I owned that moment—I owned the moment. And it was a dumb, dumb move on my part, because I’ve dealt with hecklers before. Basically, I was showing the ugly, I was playing a part; it was an ugly gesture. And I’ve said this before: look, if that joke is not funny anymore and it’s worn its welcome out, then so be it. I can grow as well.

And look, if I truly, truly upset anyone with that gesture and those two words, then you know, my apology is sincere. But then there’s the flipside where I get the feeling that if you look through a certain lens long enough and you’re desperately trying to spot something, you’re gonna eventually find it, no matter what is; no matter how vague it may be, you’re gonna find something. Me? I was blatant. I was blatant and doing what I did on purpose, but with a sense of humor behind it.

And anyone with a logical mind knows—knows for a damn fact—that my love extends to every person in this crazy world of all colors, creeds, kinds, shapes, sizes, sexual preference… you name it, I’m for you , baby; I’m on your side… I just think that sometimes these certain people that do look through these lenses, perhaps—and maybe this is just speculation, but perhaps—like they used to say on the schoolyard, ‘It takes one to know one,’ or maybe the fact that you’re looking through this lens is kind of showing who you are as well. Enough of this you know? Enough of that. I own it, I apologized, my apology was sincere, you can look it up.”

Phil Anselmo Discusses Infamous Dimebash Incident In Latest Issue Of Decibel

Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.) has given his first official interview since his infamous “white power” chant and Nazi salute at Dimebash. You can read what he had to say in the latest issue of Decibel below.


“First and foremost, I do take full accountability. I’m not deflecting at all. What I did was insulting, absolutely, and abhorrent, because it did truly upset people, and it hurts my heart that anyone would think that I’m the dreaded ‘R’ word — a racist. Anyone who truly knows me knows that it’s utterly ridiculous. But if I did offend my Jewish friends, people I work with, my associates, other people in bands . .. if I were to upset people in that particular way — that’s why I apologized. That apology is there — and no, you won’t get another one ever again.”

Anselmo then added:

“It’s kinda funny, considering I’ve got a Mexican drummer [Jose “Blue” Gonzalez] and a half-black guitar player. [Kevin Bond]”

He continued:

“First and foremost, I was absolutely smashed drunk,” he said. “No excuse, but I was. It was late and my mood was mixed because of the situation in general. We were honoring my dead, murdered guitar player and it’s still something that a piece of me has not come to grips with. I know people are reading this in black and white, but it makes my heart ache as I say it. Now, [from] the second I stepped on that stage until the bitter end of that night, there were a couple of kids with an absolute agenda constantly, all night long, calling me the dreaded ‘R’ word. ‘Racist, racist, racist,’ over and over and over-in between songs, during songs, during my stage banter. And I marked it: At 4:35 in the video, you can see my attention slowly beginning to get irked and agitated. By 5:10, you can see me actually eyeballing these people and engaging. They were 70 feet away from me screaming this shit. I even invited them up onstage and dared them to call me that to my fuckin’ face, and I said I would knock them out cold. You can check the video for yourself. Can you hear the kids? No, you can’t. But I most certainly did. And I’ve talked with people who were there who can corroborate because they were standing right next to them.”

He also added:

“Should I have done it? Hell fucking no. Would I take it back? Absolutely. But my sense of humor is dark and my temper is and always has been volatile, so I reacted. I reacted in an ignorant way. I own it. But do I believe in it? That’s ridiculous.”

Anselmo said the whole incident started as a joke about white wine, which apparently started after he kissed Doug Pinnick (KING’S X). Anselmo said the following about that:

“The white wine thing was a running joke backstage after — get this — kissing Doug Pinnick [of KING’S X] on the lips, and he says to me, ‘Whoa — you taste good!’ Because I was drinking a bottle of white wine. I even joked about it with him — ‘white power,’ hahaha. The funny thing about that is that particular room was for certain artists only. Other certain people who were part of the Dimebash were not allowed back there. I guess they felt slighted or in quotation marks — ‘offended.’ So, there was a running gag there, and it carried on even after the incident. What went down onstage was an extension of that, but also a firm reaction to these motherfuckers [up front], who, that’s exactly what they wanted.”

To read the whole interview, head to Decibel.

Jimmy Bower (Superjoint, Down) On Phil Anselmo’s Dimebash Incident: “He Did Something Wrong And He Apologized For It”

Phil Anselmo‘s Superjoint and Down bandmate Jimmy Bower was recently interviewed by, and was asked about Anselmo‘s nazi salute and white power chant at Dimebash. Anselmo faced tons of backlash for the incident, and you can see Bower’s thoughts on it below.


Bower said the following:

“When it happened, knowing Phil and our extremely dark sense of humor, I blew it off as him being stupid. Then Robb Flynn put the video up saying how his feelings were hurt, and the people things were starting to say made me understand that what he said was not cool and not funny, even in a joking sense, and it did hurt people’s feelings. It was really weird because it honestly wasn’t a big deal to me, just because I know how Phil is.

Dude, we joke about stupid shit. The bullshit that we come up with and talk about among friends … I guess the lesson learned is that you can’t do that around other people. I mean, we were friends with [Anal Cunt’s] Seth Putnam. He was a freak, dude, as far as his sense of humor. He liked to fuck with people. But behind the scenes he was the biggest sweetheart who would give you the shirt off his back. So, I just wish people could take things with a grain of salt nowadays instead of everyone being so serious.”

He also added:

“People hit Phil pretty hard over it, but knowing him as he really is, part of me thought it was unfair. Part of me wanted to try to explain to people that Phil’s not like this. You can’t be racist if you’re from New Orleans. There’s so many different cultures here; you just can’t do it. And you’re raised to understand that. I think [the Dimebash incident] was getting linked to other times in his life, when he was younger, and it was just really unfortunate. I think he did the right thing by apologizing sincerely.”

He also commented when asked if Down faced backlash when they returned to the stage:

“Not at all. Like I said, Phil did something wrong and he apologized for it, but he got dragged through the wringer a lot more than your average person would’ve. That being said, people still love Phil for his talents. It’s just really weird, dude. Back to that humor thing — you can’t write anything sarcastic on social media without getting attacked. Either the world is really changing or we’re getting really old. To me, we’re just a bunch old dudes sitting around making stupid jokes. It kinda comes with old age, like gray hair.”

Head to to read the full interview.

Anthrax & The Bloodline Members Comment On Phil Anselmo’s (Pantera) “White Power” Salute At Dimebash

Despite his recent apology video, Phil Anselmo (Pantera) is still being blasted for doing a nazi salute, and yelling “white power” while onstage at Dimebash. The latest people to speak out include Anthrax’s Scott Ian, and Travis Neal (The Bloodline/Divine Heresy).

Ian issued the following statement:


Hate speech. Racism. Inflammatory rhetoric.

All dangerous no matter what the context. I have ZERO TOLERANCE for any of this and to not speak out against them is as dangerous as the acts themselves.

Philip‘s actions were vile and that should be the focus here, anything else is just noise.

Philip has apologized and I would like to offer him the opportunity to really show how much he loves everyone by making a donation to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.


The Simon Wiesenthal Center donation page

Neal posted the following:

“Fuck this guy! Damn shame when someone that has paved the way for so many and so many looked up to and still look up to would do this and shit on Dime and a tribute to him by so many great musicians that respected and loved him and his band. It is ok to be proud of who you are and where you come from but not the way that this asshole did on stage. Fuck you Phil and fuck your apology! We live in 2016, there is no room for racism or hate. If we as a human race want to remain then we all need to unite. One world, one blood, we are all one!”

Phil Anselmo (Pantera) Apologizes For “White Power” Salute At Dimebash In New Video/Rita Haney & Members Of Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die, Butcher Babies, Etc. Comment On The Situation

Phil Anselmo (Pantera) has posted a new video apologizing for doing a nazi salute, and yelling “white power” while onstage at Dimebash. You can watch that below:

Here’s what he had to say:

“Philip H. Anselmo here, and I’m here to basically respond to all the heat I’ve been getting that I deserve completely. I was at the Dimebash and it was extremely late at night. There was heavy duty talk between myself and those who love Dime. Heavy emotions were flowing, jokes were made backstage, that transpired upon the stage, and it was ugly, it was uncalled for, and anyone who knows me and my true nature knows that I don’t believe in any of that, I don’t wanna be part of any group.

I’m an individual and I am 1000% apologetic to anyone who took offense to what I said. You really should have taken offense to what I said. And I am so sorry. And I hope, man, just give me another chance. Just give me another chance. I love all of you, and anyone who’s met me, or who knows me, knows that I love all of you. Bless you.”

Many people have been commenting on the issue as well, including the late Dimebag Darrell’s girlfriend Rita Haney, who stuck up for Anselmo:

So to answer all of you that have asked.. and for those who didn’t.. read if you like, but if not, don’t… I think there is really only one thing to say when a man apologizes.. “Thank you for acknowledging you were wrong” The one apology I am missing is the one from Mr. Flynn.. you took a “hideous” opportunity to hop up on a soap box because you were butt hurt about your personal encounters with Philip that night.. you sent me a text message about it in the wee hours of the morning.. and it did not have anything to do with racism.. I support the message you were trying to put out there but not the method behind your message… you masked your real problem with something very important and very serious.. You said to me, “what would Darrell do” ..He would have done exactly what was right… Speak to Philip man to man (like you described you witnessed at one time)… Not jump up in the press and hurt their music, our whole family and organization.. The last time I checked Pantera was not one man.. Rex, Vinnie, and Darrell brought us that music too… Now Philip has owned his mistake.. things ARE different today with racism and racism in reverse.. And you were not just dropping “bombs” in your 20s.. You weren’t calling the kettle “black” not too long ago.. just as I have been guilty of myself!!! There was wine along with many other bottles.. There was lots of joking around about Dave Chapelle with one of our best friends, Dug Pinnick.. and there were emotions that no one could understand, or experience about Darrell, that only his brother, Philip and Rex understand..It is a very heavy situation when any of us come together… Indulging happens.. None of these things can excuse that behavior tho.. but what happened on the stage was regretfully felt by one man… all jokes aside and on a serious note .. As far as the two words and gestures are concerned, on such an amazing and beautiful night… NO!!! I do NOT condone these actions.. I believe their origins are barbarically hideous and embarrassing.. I have accepted Philip’s apology as I want a better world to live in.. The message is a "true" message Robb but sadly your method was not.. 💔

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Many artists have also commented, and have condemned Anselmo’s actions through their own words, and through praising Robb Flynn (Machine Head) for his powerful video on the issue:

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage):

Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die):

Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies):

Telle Smith (The Word Alive):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

The Ocean: