After a fan in the audience displayed a sign that included Confederate flag imagery during a Friday night Pantera concert in Sofia, Bulgaria, frontman Philip Anselmo publicly “disavowed” the Confederate flag… a symbol the band had used in stage production and merchandise design.
Years earlier, Anselmo explained, “I think we used the Confederate flag merely because of Lynyrd Skynyrd. We had learned from people before us.”
“There’s a person over here holding up this sign trying to ruin the fuckin’ show,” Anselmo told the Sofia audience. “I disavow, I disavow the fuckin’ flag.”
Anselmo was severely criticized in ’16 for giving a Nazi salute and shouting “white power” while onstage.