The whole Phil Anselmo controversy has seemed pretty dormant for awhile, but now there's more. His band Down has elected to drop off of Hellfest after reports that the French government was threatening to pull funding from the festival if Down was still on the bill. Though the festival promoter Ben Barbaud has been refusing to pull Down out of loyalty to Anselmo, Anselmo has chosen to drop out anyway (and potentially drop off all European festivals for the foreseeable future), offering the following statement:

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)

So that's what the H stands for.

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