Future Of Down Is In Doubt Following Anselmo Controversy

(Classic Rock) The future of Down is in doubt after under-fire singer Phil Anselmo suggested the band "move on" without him. Following the former Pantera man's controversial outburst at last month's Dimebash event in Hollywood, California, he said he was making reference to drinking white wine backstage.

He later apologized in a video message after a backlash from the rock community, led by Machine Head's Robb Flynn. But this week Down were pulled from the lineup of this year's FortaRock event in the Netherlands, with organisers saying Anselmo was "not welcome." He's since posted a further apology on his website and says he doesn't want to drag his bandmates down with him.

Anselmo, 47, says: "I am utterly responsible for the mistakes I have made, and can only give you my word to no longer do them in the present, through action, not just mere words.

"My bandmates are now experiencing the consequences of my behavior, and I now publicly apologize to them as well. Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me, and I've privately suggested to them that they move on without me." Read more here.

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