Foo Fighters replace Pantera at two German music festivals

Shows are in June 2023

Foo Fighters have been tapped to replace Pantera at Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park, two Germany festivals taking place simulatenously this summer. Foo Fighters will headline Rock Am Ring on Friday, June 2nd and Rock Im Park on Sunday, June 4th.

“Germany – we’ll see you Friday, June 2nd at @rockamringofficial and Sunday, June 4th at @rockimparkofficial! Tickets are on sale now!” they write on Instagram.

Pantera was removed from both festivals earlier this week after public outcry over singer Philip Anselmo making a Nazi-style salute and screaming “white power” during a 2016 Dimebash event in Hollywood. The singer claims he made an “off-color joke” about drinking white wine backstage and made the comment and gesture to audience members taunting him. He apologized later that month.

The German Green Party for the Nuremberg City Council, where one of the festivals takes place annually, released a statement earlier this month asking that organizers to remove the band for “stirring up anti-racist and anti-fascist circles.”

The reformed group featuring original members Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown joined by guitarist Zakk Wylde and drummer Charlie Benante paying homage to the late Abbott Brothers who founded the band in the 1980s, are still set to headline Tons of Rock 2023, Finland’s three day Rockfest and 2023 Sweden Rock Festival.

The Foo Fighters have regrouped following the unexpected passing of drummer Taylor Hawkin in March 2022. The band has announced headlining appearances at Boston Calling, Sonic Temple and the Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival.

The band has been on hiatus since Hawkins was found dead in his Bogota, Colombia hotel room, canceling the remainder of its tour dates.

In September, Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee hosted two Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts. The events took place at London’s Wembley Stadium and Los Angeles’ Forum with all-star lineups that included members of AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Metallica, Blink 182, Pretenders and more.

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