Phil Anselmo advises Down bandmates to ‘move on’ without him

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Phil Anselmo’s time as a member of Down may be coming to an end after the vocalist revealed that he has suggested to his bandmates that they “…move on without me.”

Anselmo came under fire last week after making racist gestures on stage at January’s Dimebash event.

After insisting that his actions had been an “in-joke” referencing the fact that other Dimebash performers were drinking white wine back stage, Anselmo later apologised after an enormous backlash from the rock and metal community.

But Down were removed from the bill of this year’s FortaRock event in the Netherlands this week, with organisers insisting that Anselmo was “not welcome.”

The former Pantera vocalist has now posted another apology on his website, indicating that he doesn’t want to drag his bandmates down with him.

Says Anselmo: “I am utterly responsible for the mistakes I have made, and can only give you my word to no longer do them in the present, through action, not just mere words.

“My bandmates are now experiencing the consequences of my behaviour, and I now publicly apologise to them as well. Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me, and I’ve privately suggested to them that they move on without me.”

He adds: “My biggest obstacles are the over-indulging in the booze and blurting out spiteful, ignorant reductions of the human spirit itself. I will address these issues, head-on.

“I’m repulsed by my own actions, and the self-loathing I’m going through right now is justified by the hurt I’ve caused. I realise we live in a society where apologies are not accepted easily, yet long for a day when they can be, but I also understand if I’m shunned till I hit the dirt.

“From the bottom of my heart, and with all sincerity, I once again am truly sorry for the pain I have caused.”

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