Guitarist says we are Down but not out

Pepper Keenan says his band are Down but far from out as they look to bounce back from the infamous Phil Anselmo incident.

The Down guitarist firmly stresses his belief in the future of the band in an interview with Metal Wani in which he refuses to defend Anselmo’ actions on the night in question but he insists it was out of character for a man he has known most of his life.

Keenan tells Metal Wani: “Well, I don't why there wouldn't be. You know, Down didn't do anything wrong. I mean, we were just guilty by association on that one. That was Phil's mistake.

“I've spoken to Phil and told him to get his shit together, and he is. He knows he made a mistake and was being stupid."

He goes on: "I've known the guy [most of my life]. He's not what that whole thing framed him to be at all. But, yeah, there's definitely a future for Down. I wouldn't throw all the shit we've done, beautiful music we've done on one stupid moment that was caught on camera, and he apologized for. [So we are] far from done.”

During a live performance of Pantera classic ‘Walk’ live on stage at a Dimebag event in Hollywood, Anselmo inexplicably bellowed ‘white Power’ from the stage at the same time as making a Nazi-style salute.

An apology followed eventually, but not before Anselmo claimed the statement was in reference to drinking white wine prior to the show.

The fall out from the incident has led to the band cancelling all their planned European festival appearances this summer including HellFest and the Download Festival.