Pantera has recently been dropped from several German festivals due to Philipp Anselmo’s controversial actions in the past and was replaced by Foo Fighters. Shinedown’s Brent Smith addressed the issue in a recent interview, stating that people should be allowed to learn from their mistakes and grow.
Smith touched on this topic in a new episode of Knotfest talk to me On the podcast, host Joshua Toomey pointed out that someone recently called him a “casual racist” for being a Pantera fan. He mentioned the German festival, then recalled the 2016 Dimebash incident, in which Anselmo threw a Nazi salute.
“The reality is that Phil… what happened, he dealt with it to the best of his ability. I think I believed it,” recalls Smith. “Trust me, I’ll be honest with you. I was a bad person when I saw the video the way it was presented. It’s not.”
“The question is, the way I look at these types of things is how you’re going to grow up. If you don’t give me a chance to say it,” the vocalist continued.
Smith brought up that Anselmo eventually dealt with the situation, denying he would ever support anything related to white supremacy, but many people called him “BS” for his apology. ” he added.
“There will be certain people. We don’t know how they were brought up, how they were raised, how they feel, and that’s why it’s called society,” he said.
Rocker emphasized that even though society has passed on certain things that happened, people do not forget what happened, so the same events and mistakes are not repeated.
“In many ways, I think music is medicine. , Pantera’s music has saved lives: born out of chaos, but with a message, built on strength and perseverance.
Listen to the full interview below.
Shinedown’s Brent Smith Talks Philip Anselmo Controversy – We Must Help People Grow From Our Mistakes
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