Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has chimed in on the debate surrounding last week’s incident when ex-PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo made a “white power” gesture onstage at a concert.
Anselmo performed the PANTERA classic “Walk” at the January 22 “Dimebash” event at the Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, California in honor of his former bandmate, late PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. As he left the stage, he made a Nazi-style salute. He appeared to say “white power” as he made the gesture, but he later claimed he was referring to drinking white wine as part of an “inside joke.” Anselmo has since released a video message, saying that he “deserves completely” the “heat” that he has been getting over his actions and claiming to be “a thousand percent apologetic to anyone that took offense to what [he] said.”
Several notable musicians have come out and criticized Anselmo for his actions, including MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, who uploaded an eleven-minute video response to the incident in which he called Anselmo a “big bully” and described Philip’s behavior as “fucking wrong.”
Now Bach has offered his two cents, tweeting: “Rock is supposed 2B fun. Perverting music N2 hate? NOT fun. People who say White Power are PUSSIES. As r those who agree. Or remain silent”
Back in 2004, Bach stated about his SKID ROW’s first North American headlining tour, which featured PANTERA as the support act: “As a metalhead first and foremost myself, it was an absolute dream to stand on the side of the stage every night witnessing PANTERA’s rise to fame, night after night, city after city. To have those crazy fuckers as my friends was something I will never forget.
“A month or so into the tour, PANTERA released ‘A Vulgar Display Of Power’. Prior to this, the band was touring with us without a new album to support. But when ‘Vulgar’ came out after touring the USA with us for a month or so, the album came straight into the Billboard charts in the Top 40 and remains to this day one of the greatest albums of all time. The day after it came into the charts, we were playing Vancouver and Phil walked straight into our dressing room [and said], ‘Hey, Bierk. I want a leather couch, full lights, full stage, sound check, blah blah blah.’ He was joking around with a list of demands due to the ‘new level’ that he was now on. It was hilarious and we were all laughing, but the point was made. PANTERA was now a big fucking band and from here on out, it was nothing but onward and upward for PANTERA.”
Rock is supposed 2B fun. Perverting music N2 hate? NOT fun. People who say White Power are PUSSIES. As r those who agree. Or remain silent🖕🏿
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) January 29, 2016