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Down

Formed: 1992
From: New Orleans, LA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Down News

Below is our complete Down news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Def Leppard To Headline Download 2011

British hard rock legends Def Leppard have been confirmed as the headlining act for the first day of the United Kingdom's Download Festival, which will take place at Donington Park from June 10th- 12th.

This will be the second time the group has headlined the event, after closing the festival in 2009. Several more bands have also been added to the bill, including Down, Twisted Sister, Duff McKagen's Loaded, and Trash Talk.

In other news, Def Leppard will be releasing a live album this summer entitled, "Mirrorball," which will feature a mix of the band's classics performed live, three brand new songs recorded in the studio, and a bonus DVD which will feature live performances and backstage footage. More information on this release will be revealed once it has been made available.

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Down Announces More Tour Dates

New Orleans based supergroup Down, featuring members of Pantera, Crowbar and Eyehategod, has announced that the band will be performing a handful of shows in the United States as of next month. VIP Ticket Packages will be available, which include a General Admission ticket, sound check (where applicable), meet n greet (you get one personal item autographed), T-shirt from the merch booth (day of show), laminate and a $5 gift card to the Down-Nola.com online store. VIP ticket Packages will be sold through Down-Nola.com for the two New Orleans dates and Houston. Maxwell is still being determined as to whether or not VIP Ticket Packages will be available for this date (as it's a festival). VIP Ticket Packages for New York, Philly and Sayreville are all scheduled to be sold through Ticketmaster.com. Tickets go on sale this week - stay tuned for presale information.

The initial tour dates are as follows:

March 4 - New Orleans, LA - The Hangar
March 5 - Maxwell, TX - The Cotton Gin
March 6 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
March 11 - New Orleans, LA - The Hangar #2
April 28 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre
April 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
April 30 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom

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Down Announces New Tour Dates

Down has announced the following batch of tour dates for the United States. Additional concert dates are expected to be announced in the following days:

03/04 New Orleans, LA – The Hangar
03/05 Maxwell, TX – The Cotton Gin
03/06 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04/28 New York, NY – Best Buy Theatre
04/29 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
04/30 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

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Clip Available Of Phil Anselmo On That Metal Show

The complete appearance of Phil Anselmo on "That Metal Show" has been posted online, and can be seen in the video clip below.

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Phil Anselmo Video Interview Available

Revolver TV recently conducted a video interview with Phil Anselmo regarding Pantera. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Metal Bits

Sometimes there are interesting bits in the metal world that aren’t exactly newsworthy on their own, might not qualify as “just for fun,” or might even be too old to warrant a new post of its own. So here’s a round-up of some interesting metal bits around the ‘net this week:

Episode 3 of "Shit Phil Says” is now up on Metal Injection.

Abigail Williams members lob a dildo at IWrestledABearOnce via Metal Sucks.

An acoustic "Radio Disney Version" of Slayer's "Raining Blood" has been making rounds online:

And from the same video author I discovered a fake Rammstein cover of "99 Luftballons" (Nena Cover):

Don't miss our own Top Ten Halloween Metal Songs list from Dan of Autumns Eyes.

And worth re-linking here, is "Another 'Hardcore Dancing How-To' Video" that Metal Injection uncovered.

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Metal Bits

Sometimes there are interesting bits in the metal world that aren’t exactly newsworthy on their own, might not qualify as “just for fun,” or might even be too old to warrant a new post of its own. So here’s a round-up of some interesting metal bits around the ‘net of late:

The Term "Death To False Metal" Has Officially Jumped The Shark (thanks Weezer!)
via Metal Injection.

“Shit Phil Says” is a new series of videos to be uploaded exclusively to Metal Injection, featuring Shit Phil Says. These clips are excerpts from DOWN's new 2CD+DVD release, “Diary of A Mad Band,” which is in stores now. Check out clips one and two.

Tunecore releases free Halloween compilation (not metal).

The awesomely named "Heavy Metal" animated film that is more known for its name and soundtrack than story line and animation, is now streaming online in full. “Watch this sex fueled animated movie where Aliens get naked, a green orb spreads destruction, and Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick and Devo set one hella'va tone.”

Joey Belladonna celebrated his his birthday last week and this video from “Bowling of the Titans” surfaced:

Finally, here’s an old video making rounds on the social networks - this guy makes Dani Filth sound like an opera singer:

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Kirk Windstein Talks Crowbar, Down DVD, And More

MetalSucks recently conducted an interview with guitarist Kirk Windstein of Crowbar, Down, and Kingdom of Sorrow. Windstein addressed the recent news surrounding his decision to drop off Kingdom of Sorrow's Ozzfest stint in favor of treating his alcohol problem. He also explained the myriad delays that affected the upcoming Down DVD "Diary of a Madband," updated fans about the forthcoming new Crowbar album, and commented on Crowbar's legacy as a band that influences today's young crop of metal bands. Excerpts from the interview follow.

On leaning on his bandmates for support and advice during the recovery process:

Kirk: Yeah, totally. I’ve talked to Rex [Brown, Down bassist] about it because he’s dealt with a lot of problems himself. There’s not a person in any of my bands that hasn’t experienced it from time to time with the exception of Nicky and Charlie from Kingdom of Sorrow (the drummer and guitar player); they’ve never had a drink or tried a drug in their life. Everyone else in my bands, in Down and Jamey from Kingdom and the guys in Crowbar, have all at times had issues with stuff. Every person is different, and it’s a matter of keeping yourself healthy and not letting it get out of control. For me, it got out of control. Would I be a fool and a liar to sit here and say that I don’t think about it? It’s a normal thing to always think that you can control it. That’s what the battle of it is. It’s like “okay, I’m home. I’m detoxed. I get it. I’m in the right headspace. I’m physically and mentally in the right place and headed in the right direction.” It’s a matter of you realizing that you doing what you need to do is basically what it comes down to.

On a new Down album:

Kirk: 2011 I would say. Yeah. Something for sure. We’re not even there yet, so I think that’s totally feasible. Obviously not this year because it would have to be signed, sealed, delivered and done already. It’s not there by any means. It’s always going to happen and Down is always going to be there. So that’s a good thing.
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Down Posts "Diary Of A Mad Band" Teaser

Down has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming live CD/DVD release "Diary of a Mad Band." The clip can be viewed below.

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Down Members Comment On Forthcoming Live Album

Members of New Orleans metal supergroup Down have commented on the release of their forthcoming live album "Diary Of A Mad Band." "Diary Of A Mad Band" is set for release in the U.S. on October 5th, 2010 through Down Records. The album also contains a bonus DVD featuring a different setlist than the one featured on the CD.

Philip Anselmo commented by saying:

"This is a semi-ugly glimpse into what would end up the perfect building blocks to a much more prosperous future! Raw, distorted, unpredictable, and with a freshly mended spine in tow, these shows were desperately important to us as a cohesive unit. Take this trip through the old days with us at your own risk, and don’t forget to bring some aspirin!"

Pepper Keenan had this to say:

"The DVD is an in-depth look at what five boys from the wrong side of the tracks can achieve when motivated by the will to escape hard times, fueled by an unexplainable quest to destroy live and be embraced by the love of fans whom we had not had the pleasure of meeting yet. This is how it’s supposed to be: rock solid." More...

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Down Reveals Live Album Tracklisting

New Orleans metal supergroup Down have revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming live album "Diary Of A Mad Band." "Diary Of A Mad Band" is set for release in the U.S. on October 5th, 2010 through Down Records. The album also contains a bonus DVD featuring a different setlist than the one featured on the CD.

"Diary Of A Mad Band" tracklisting:
Disc 1 - CD
1. Losing All
2. Lifer
3. Lysergic Funeral Procession
04. Rehab
5. Temptation's Wings
6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi
7. Learn From This Mistake
8. Hail The Leaf
9. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
10. Lies, I Don't Know What They Say But...
11. Underneath Everything
12. The Seed
13. Eyes Of The South
14. Jail
15. Stone The Crows
16. Bury Me In Smoke

Disc 2 - DVD
1. Lysergic Funeral Procession
2. Lifer
3. Losing All
4. Rehab
5. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
6. Ghosts Along The Mississippi
7. Learn From This Mistake
8. Underneath Everything
9. Temptation's Wings
10. There's Something On My Side
11. Hail The Leaf
12. Lies
13. The Seed
14. Eyes Of The South
15. Jail
16. Stone The Crows
17. Bury Me In Smoke

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Down To Release Live Album On Vinyl

Down has announced the new live album "Diary of a Mad Band" is to also see a vinyl release. The artwork and pre-order for the vinyl edition of "Diary of a Mad Band" can be found at this location. You can also check out Down's music via the band's official MySpace page.

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Footage Of Phil Anselmo With haarp Available

Down has posted a video clip online of Phil Anselmo performing with haarp at Nodferatu's Lair on August 14th, 2010. The footage can be viewed below.

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Kirk Windstein To Miss Kingdom Of Sorrow Tour

Kingdom Of Sorrow has announced that founding member Kirk Windstein, who is also a founding member of Crowbar and Down, will not be taking part in the band's upcoming tour dates due to health issues. In his place will be Type O Negative guitarist Kenny Kickey.

Kirk Windstein states: "Hey all, Kirk here. Just wanted to let everyone know that I will be taking a much needed break and will not be joining my bros in KOS for Ozzfest. I have entered the AA program and am turning over a new leaf. 25 years of gigging and touring has taken its toll and my drinking is now preventing me from being the healthiest, best player that I can be. It’s been a fun ride, but I’m ready to tackle this sober and look forward to being at the top of my game with all of my projects! I am happy to say that Kenny Hickey will once again be filling my spot for these 8 shows. Thanks Kenny, I love you bro!!! Thanks to everyone for their support. All my best, Kirk Windstein."

Jamey Jasta adds: "The road is no place for Kirk right now. He has begun to address his problems so he can lead a happy and healthy life and continue to rock with Down, CROWBAR and Kingdom Of Sorrow. I only want the best for him and I feel like sitting this tour out is a step in the right path."

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Arson Anthem Announces Debut Release Date

Arson Anthem, the band featuring former Pantera, Superjoint Ritual and current Down frontman Phil Anselmo, along with Hank Williams III (also formerly of Superjoint Ritual), Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod, Outlaw Order) and Colin Yeo of Ponykiller fame, has announced that they will be releasing their debut full length album, "Insecurity Notoriety" on October 12th through Anselmo's Housecore Records.

Anselmo comments: "I'm not sure what it is... but when Hank III, Colin, Mike and I get into "Arson" mode, time stops. We know the mission is to write unforgiving hardcore inspired by a slew of '80's bands... but the result is its own animal, yet not too terrible removed from the genuine article.

"With that said, Insecurity Notoriety is like listening to an old favorite blast from the skanking past... vicious, snotty, grating and anthemic! I know it's typical to call a modern-day hardcore band 'fresh' or 'different', especially when it's your band, but... it is! This effort makes our first EP sound like child's play, as it should. Play it over and over! Piss everyone off!"

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Crowbar Signs with E1 Music, Plans New Album

Sludge metal legends CROWBAR have signed a worldwide deal with E1 Music. The band will be releasing a new full-length album later this fall. "CROWBAR is very excited to have landed this deal with E1 Music! We have always been very proud of what we do and the new record will not disappoint and of our die hard fans." says front man and guitar player Kirk Windstein.

The forthcoming album will be the follow up to the band’s last album, "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden," which was released out in 2005. Windstein continues. "Big thanks to Jamey Jasta, Steve Ross and the legal team at E1 Music. Get ready, with a real label behind us we will crush!"

E1 Music Vice President of Metal Scott Givens adds, "CROWBAR have influenced a generation of great bands and E1 is fully committed to making this the band’s biggest selling record of its long and storied career."

Kirk Windstein formed CROWBAR in 1991. Since that time, the band's sound has profoundly influenced a new generation of metal acts the world over. Weinstein is also a key member of KINGDOM OF SORROW (with HATEBREED front man Jamey Jasta) and DOWN.

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Update Issued On Phil Anselmo Autobiography

MetalSucks contributor Corey Mitchell recently announced he'd be helping Pantera/Down front man Philip Anselmo write his autobiography. Mitchell revealed some details about the writing process in a recent review of a Warbeast show in Dallas, at which Anslemo made a guest appearance. An excerpt follows:

"Anselmo has also given me carte blanche to talk to anyone from his past to either fill in the blanks on some stories he may have forgotten, confirm what he remembers, and also to shoot down any stories he may not have a complete grasp on. He also told his buddies from the early days of Pantera to be brutally honest with me, because he wants nothing but the truth to go out to the readers – the good, the bad, and the downright fuckin’ ugly."

You can also catch the full article at this location.

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Down Posts Romanian Performance Footage

Down has posted footage online of the band's performance in Romania on May 16th, 2010 opening for AC/DC. The first clip can be viewed below and the rest are available after the jump.

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More Bands Confirmed For High Voltage Festival

The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced three more bands for this year's edition of the event. British heavy metal legends Saxon will be performing on the Metal Hammer stage, along with the other two new confirmations, British doom metal veterans Cathedral and Swedish power metal outfit Hammerfall. The festival is scheduled for July 24th - 25th at Victoria Park in London.

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Down Checks In With New "Fan Appreciation" Update

Down has posted two new live video clips online, which can be viewed below. The band has also checked in with the following update:

"Down fan appreciation April 2010! Well, not much to say about the DVD not reaching the shelves on March 23. We'll be sure to keep you updated on the situation. In the meantime, we thought it would be fun to let some more stuff leak out seeing how much everybody enjoyed the first 'Fan appreciation' post we put up. We want to do the same thing all over again! More videos, music, pics, and slashed prices at the store.

"First the videos. On the youtube page you will now find raw footage of Down doing Stone The Crow and Mourn in Houston from the Metallica tour in 2008. The audio is a little rough. It's hard to hear Philip but that's the fault of the camcorder microphone, not Philip, the venue, or the sound guys. This is just as raw as footage gets. The video is actually not bad and is available in HD. This stuff is NOT on the dvd. The dvd has stuff from the 2006 Euro tour only. Nothing from the 2006 New Orleans show at Tipitina's as it's been rumored.

"For music: 2 songs have been uploaded to the facebook and myspace players. They are Hail The Leaf and Ghosts along the Mississippi from the 2002 tour. Down recorded Stone The Crow acoustic that day in the XM Radio studio, then went and played these songs live that night in Washington DC at the 9:30 club. ...and that's what we have for everybody! Thanks again to everybody for keeping their chin up and being patient for the dvd. It will be worth the wait! More...

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