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Philip Anselmo, of Pantera fame, has had his upcoming shows in New Zealand cancelled following the Christchurch terrorist attack due to his previous “white power” comments.
Back in 2016, Anselmo made a Nazi salute and yelled “white power” at a charity concert in Hollywood. He later apologised, and said he was “smashed drunk”.
Anselmo and his band The Illegals were set to play a show in Christchurch and a show in Auckland, but now both venues have made the decision to cancel these concerts.
Christchurch’s Club Tavern made a pretty blunt post on their Facebook page, saying “The Philip Anselmo gig has been cancelled !!!!”
“We are not interested in the whys so please don’t ask. We do not and will not support white supremacy or racism!!!”
Auckland’s Galatos club echoed these sentiments, saying “Galatos will NOT be hosting this show in our venue on the above date.”
“Just today, information has come to hand which has made us uncomfortable about proceeding with this show.”
On top of that, Slayer’s concert in Christchurch has also been cancelled due to “safety and wellbeing of the public after the tragic events.”