‘Stryper’ Frontman ‘Michael Sweet’ on ‘Phil Anselmo’: “I Forgive the Guy and Count it as a Mistake. Live and Learn and Don’t Make the Same Mistake Twice and Move On”


michael sweet (aug., 2015)‘Stryper’ frontman ‘Michael Sweet’ has commented on last month’s incident when ex-Pantera singer Philip Anselmo said “white power” and made the Nazi salute on stage. Anselmo later claimed he was referring to drinking white wine as part of an “inside joke” but has since released a video message, saying that he “deserves completely” the “heat” that he has been getting over his actions and claiming to be “a thousand percent apologetic to anyone that took offense to what [he] said.”

Sweet says: “So I’m sure everyone in the metal community has heard about the Phil Anselmo fiasco. Every metal artist practically (okay not every, but many) have chimed in and given their 2 cents. The way I look at it is Phil made a mistake (a very serious mistake mind you) with his racial gesture and comment. We all agree that there is NO place for racism in this day in age. We’re all created equal in God’s eyes and therefore should be treated equally. With respect, dignity and love. But, when someone starts drinking a little too much often enough things are done and or said that may be offensive and hurtful. It’s not an excuse but it happens.”

 “What’s bothering me is the fact that the guy has offered an open (public) apology and was man enough to step up and swallow his pride to ask for forgiveness. Seems simple enough to me. He legitimately seems sorrowful and regretful. I forgive the guy and count it as a mistake. Live and learn and don’t make the same mistake twice and move on.””Maybe my way of thinking is too simple for something like this. I know this much, God loves him and forgives not only Phil but all of us if we ask for forgiveness. Why can’t we?”

“I forgive you Phil and I love ya brother” ~ M

Stryper‘s “Fallen” World tour kicks off on April 15th. in Osaka, Japan. The first dates and locations are listed below.


Upcoming Shows:

04/15/16 Osaka, JAPAN
04/16/16 Kawasaki, JAPAN
04/17/16 Kawasaki, JAPAN 
04/23/16 Las Vegas, NV Cannery Casino w/Skid Row
04/24/16 Hollywood, CA Whiskey A Go Go w/ Worldview
06/10/16 Malden, MA Mixx 360
06/11/16 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance Theater
06/12/16 New York, NY Stage 48
06/14/16 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
06/16/16 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
06/17/16 Hazard, KY The Forum w/ Lynch Mob
06/18/16 Versaille, OH BMI Speedway w/ Lynch Mob
06/20/16 Columbus, OH, Skully’s Music Dinner NEW 
06/21/16 Glasgow, KY, Plaza Theatre NEW
06/24/16 Westland, MI, The Token Lounge NEW
06/25/16 Battle Creek, MI, The Music Factory
06/30/16 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
07/02/16 San Antonio, TX NEW 
07/30/16 Biloxi, MS NEW
08/13/16 Laughlin, NV Avi Casino w/Skid Row
09/23/16 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theater 
10/30/16 Joliet, IL Rock N’ Skull 2016

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