So, I wish I could say I was surprised when video surfaced of Phil Anselmo (of Down and Pantera fame) doing a Nazi salute and shouting, "White Power" at a recent concert. It's all too common these days for footage to surface of some well-respected musician behaving badly.
What I find rather more surprising is that Anselmo has apparently been doing crap like this for years, and nobody's really said much about it. I've probably read a million pages of forum and blog posts dissecting the political and racial beliefs of various metal artists, and I don't recall reading a word about Anselmo. That could be because I don't really follow his work all that closely, but I also suspect that he's benefited from the almost uniquely venerated status of Pantera in the American metal scene.
Anyway, the video below is kind of embarrassingly 101-level anti-racism, but apparently that is what the metal community needs to hear right now, so I applaud Robb Flynn for being willing to say it.