DOWN have cancelled all of their upcoming European festival appearances!
Following on from last month when frontman Phil Anselmo appeared to perform a Nazi salute on-stage, DOWN have cancelled all of their upcoming European festival performances.
Hellfest published the following apology letter received from Anselmo on their Facebook page:
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)”
It was later revealed that the band would be replaced by PUSCIFER.
Download Festival organisers also acknowledged the announcement, tweeting last night:
Down have cancelled all of their remaining European tour dates and therefore will no longer be playing Download Festival 2016
— Download Festival (@DownloadFest) March 10, 2016
A replacement act for this event has yet to be revealed.