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FOO FIGHTERS Replaces PANTERA At German Festivals

Pantera has been pulled due to accusations of racism.

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Foo Fighters have replaced Pantera at both Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park happening this June in Nürnberg, Germany. Pantera was pulled from the festivals earlier this week due to accusations of racism.

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"Germany – we'll see you Friday, June 2nd at Rock Am Ring and Sunday, June 4th at Rock Im Park! Tickets on sale now!" said Foo Fighters of the addition.

Accusations of racism at least partially stem from an incident at the 2016 Dimebash show where Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo did a "Sieg Heil" gesture and yelled "white power." Anselmo has since claimed it was a joke due to drinking white wine back stage and issued an apology, though Machine Head vocalist Robb Flynn had claimed at the time there was no white wine backstage.

According to Blabbermouth, the criticism also comes from the fact that both Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring are being held in Nürnberg where Nazi party rallies were famously held between 1933 and 1938.

The German Green Party said during a recent city council meeting that Anselmo had "repeatedly and deliberately made Nazi gestures and yelled racist slogans." Spokeswoman for the Greens against racism and right-wing extremism Réka Lörincz added "the former Nazi party premises" were "being deliberately misused for the staging and reproduction of racist and inhuman ideology."

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