Down/CoC’s Pepper Keenan comments on Anselmo; another venue cancels a Down show
photo: Pepper Keenan with Down at Best Buy Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Any one who knows me is aware that I am not one to dabble much in social media, however due to what transpired last week at Dimebash I feel the need to respond and reach out to friends, family, music peers and fans worldwide.
I am saddened and confused by the behavior of Philip Anselmo last week. I do not condone what was gestured and said. This lapse in judgment of "making a joke" was in terribly poor taste and unacceptable.
That philosophy is the opposite of what I am about. My heart follows love and soul and my music has been inspired from people of all walks of life and musical styles. I view music as a gift that is universal and intended for all of humanity. As a proud New Orleanian, life is about celebrating diversity through music, it's about bringing people together, not tearing apart.
I won't speak for Phil but I've known him most of my life and I know there is not hate in his heart, however I hope at this moment in time Phil will focus his energy on self-reflection and begin the process of regaining perspective, healing himself and those lives he has touched through music
Through Down, Philip and I have written many beautiful and powerful songs in the past that have touched and inspired people from all walks of life positively and have helped pull many out of their own darkest hours. This is not something I take for granted and should always be at the forefront of one's conscience to keep you grounded, humbled and grateful.
One of the responsibilities and joys, in my opinion, of being an artist or musician is having the ability to help make the world a better place.
I accept Phil's apology, and I believe he can
Meanwhile, Down continues to take hits, as they've now been pulled off of a show at the New Orleans Civic Theater on February 8. The theater is also making a donation to the Jewish Federation of New Orleans. They write:
After recent actions by Phil Anselmo during the Dimebash event this past week, we have cancelled Down's performance at the Civic. We do not tolerate intolerant behavior, and there is no room for that in our venue or our city. Refunds are available at point of purchase. In addition to offering full refunds on all ticket purchases, the Civic has made a donation to the Jewish Federation of New Orleans, pledging our support for a united community. "Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all." - Bob Marley