Pues ha pasado lo que era mas que previsible: Down cancelan todos sus conciertos europeos de 2016, incluyendo su aparición en el Hellfest Open Air de este año. La organización confirma que su reemplazo será la banda Puscifer, de Maynar Keenan (Tool).

Phil Anselmo achaca la cancelación, además de la polémica por su ya famoso saludo nazi, a un problema de rodilla reincidente. De todas maneras agradece a la organización del Hellfest por apoyarlo en todo este escándalo, y solicita poder volver otro año al festival. Aquí la carta íntegra de Phil Anselmo:

“Dearest Ben-
Philip H. Anselmo here Brother…

First, and foremost, there is NO WAY I can possibly thank you enough for “fighting the good fight” for me, and ALL of my bands, namely Down in this instance. Your love & backbone will never be forgotten, and from this point on through the rest of my fighting life, I owe you every ounce of praise!

My AWFUL mistake has taken a toll on my reputation, and justly so! However I must point out, you damned-well KNOW ME better than this drunken incident could ever describe.

Hellfest is my heart!!!

And my embarrassment is tremendous, because I only have LOVE for people all over this skirmishing earth.

So my brother, it fucking rips my heart into further pieces to let you know, I don’t think I should do ANY Euro festivals this year.

So PLEASE I BEG YOU, give me this time to get my brain clear, and to come back (if you will have me back) next year my brother, I implore you!

Plus, the re-emergence of the knee injuries have been plaguing me of late as well, so I must address this too, through physical rehabilitation & rest.

Knowing my character, when I put my mind to something THIS DIRE, I come back 100-times better, and THAT’S what the Mighty Hellfest deserves!!!

My love for you & the rest of the gang that makes Hellfest THE TOPS, goes on and on and on…

Much love & respect-

Philip H. Anselmo (and the H. stands for HEALING)”

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