"some music was meant to stay underground..."


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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Down Reveals DVD Release Date

New Orleans based supergroup Down has announced that they will be releasing their new live DVD/CD set "Diary Of A Mad Band" on March 23rd through E1 Music. The DVD features over two hours of footage including a full live concert and a documentary. Stay tuned for further details.

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Down Bassist Starts New Band Arms Of The Sun

Down has issued the following update about bassist Rex Brown starting a new project titled Arms of the Sun:

"Arms of the Sun, a project featuring Rex Brown on bass, John Luke Hebert on drums, Lance Harvill on vocals and guitar, and Ben Bunker on guitar, has completed work on thirteen tracks that were produced and mixed by Terry Date. The material is set for a late February release through Extreme Music, which provides class-A production music to all major networks and studios, ad agencies and production companies.

"Arms of the Sun recorded the music, written by Lance Harvill, late last year at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Recording Studio in Austin. The project is executive produced by Sir George Martin and Mark Ross for the Grandmaster Series, which celebrates four of the world's top producers spanning from the '60s through the '90s, including Sir George himself, Terry Date, Jack Douglas, and Hugh Padgham."

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More Bands Confirmed For High Voltage Festival

The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced five more bands for the lineup. New Orleans supergroup Down will now be performing at the event, as will Gary Moore, Magnum, Joe Bonamassa and Northern Irish rockers The Answer. This will be the first edition of the festival and is scheduled to take place at London's Victoria Park on the 24th and 25th of July.

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Down Issues Band Update

Down has issued the following update about their upcoming activities:

"Hey everybody, it's about time a quick rundown was put out about the status of Down and it's individual members. First, the good news is Down has tentative plans to meet in New Orleans shortly after the Super Bowl to map out 2010. This includes solidifying plans to record and release a 4th full length album! In the meantime, 4 of the 5 guys are celebrating the Saints' first Super Bowl berth. The 5th guy has to settle for celebrating the Cowboy's first playoff win in a looong time. We'll keep you up to date.

"In alphabetical order: Philip Anselmo: Hard at work with his record label; Housecore records, developing bands such as Warbeast and Evil Army. There are also plans to re-release the Crowbar albums through Housecore! More...

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Down Frontman Comments On Upcoming Superbowl

Phil Anselmo, the lead vocalist of heavy metal supergroup Down and former frontman of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual, has posted a message online expressing his delight that the New Orleans Saints will be playing at the Superbowl for the first time. Down has also made their song, "On March The Saints" available as a free download from their official website. Anselmo's message reads as follows:

"Unbelievable! We shocked the world! Congrats to our New Orleans Saints, the coaches, the staff, the general manager and the owners!!! Even before this season started, just looking at the roster, I had an insane feeling this year could be THE year! Everyone knows how powerful our offense is, but the defensive side of the ball is underrated!!! Look at the post-season stats!!!

"This has been, and will continue to be a season of destiny... there's just too many parallels to count here, but it all adds up: we have arrived! The Mighty NO Saints have cut the heads off two legends (Warner and Farve), now it's time to decapitate the third; one of our own hometown kids, Payton Manning. BRING IT BROTHER!!!!! WE'RE GOING TO THE F-ING SUPER BOWL!!!!!!!!!!!

"As for perfection in parallels, I can't think of any other words more suitable than...


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Down Posts Footage From Voodoo Fest

Down has posted footage online from their performance at the Halloween Voodoo Fest in New Orleans on October 31st. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Down Part Of Zombie World Record Attempt

Down has issued the following statement about playing a show in New Orleans as part of an attempt to break the "Largest Gathering of Zombies" world record:

"Zombie record attempt at next Down show, new shirts! The New Orleans Bingo! Show is spearheading an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records Record for 'Largest Gathering Of Zombies' at the 2009 Voodoo Experience music festival in New Orleans, LA on Halloween Day October 31, 2009 The day Down and Kiss plays! Get your zombie on, go to Voodoo on Halloween day, sign in at the Zombie table, rock out, then lurch your way over to the Bingo! Parlour stage to become a part of this record-..breaking night! For even fancier zombie makeup tutorials, search youtube! There's plenty out there. For more on Voodoo Experience, visit this location."

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Video Footage Of Anvil Performance Posted Online

A video clip has been posted online of Anvil performing the song "Winged Assassins" at the Download Festival 2009. The video, which also features Phil Anselmo of Down appearing on the stage, can be viewed below.

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Down Comments On Boston Herald Interview

Down has issued the following statement about a recent interview with the Boston Herald:

"This past week Philip Anselmo did an interview with the Boston Herald to promote Down's show at the House of Blues in Boston. We wanted to clear up some things before the rumor mill starts turning. First off, the band will be writing and recording an album for release in 2010.

"Secondly, re the statement, 'Rex Brown, who also played in Pantera, has left the band for personal reasons' - Rex did not join this tour due to imminent health concerns, the sabbatical is not permanent. As Philip states on stage every night, Rex is the bass player in Down and will continue to be. Lastly, the band haarp, currently touring with Down and signed to Philip's Housecore Records label, hail from New Orleans not North Carolina.

"We hope this clears up the questions that have been flooding in."

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Down Posts New York Show Live Videos Online

Down has posted two videos online from their show on September 11th at the Nokia Theater in New York. The video clips can be viewed below. More...

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Down To Preview New DVD At Kronk Fest 2009

Down has issued the following statement about showing a sneak preview of their upcoming live DVD at the Kronk Fest 2009:

"Philip Anselmo will make a special guest appearance at Kronk Fest 2009, which will benefit the Kronk Gym Foundation in its efforts to provide new equipment for the Kronk boxing gym, plus tournament funding for the Kronk amateur boxing team.

"Playing live at the Kronk Fest will be two Michigan heavy-metal sluggers: DEADHOUSE rocking out of Detroit and CAVALCADE from Lansing. As an extra-special bonus, there will be an exclusive sneak preview of the long-awaited rockumentary 'Down – Diary of a Mad Band', which is scheduled for release in 2010. Watch the members of DOWN as they tear up Europe — literally and figuratively — on their first European tour.

"Doors for this special evening open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. A $50 VIP ticket earns you the right to party with Anselmo in the VIP section and a limited-edition autographed photo.

"To make a donation or purchase tickets for Kronk Fest 2009, visit here or call (248) 917-1793."

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Down Posts Live Footage Online

Down has posted a series of videos online from their show at the CW Center Stage in Atlanta, GA on September 1st. The video clips can be viewed below. More...

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Down Bassist To Miss The Rest Of The Tour

According to a posting at the Down message board from the band's webmaster, bassist Rex Brown will now be sitting out the remainder of the band's North American tour. He previously missed out on the first leg of the bands tour due to personal problems. He was replaced by Danny Theriot, who used to play in a band called Victorian Blitz along with Down/Crowbar guitarist Kirk Windstein.

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Down Bassist To Return For Remaining Tour Dates

Down has announced that their bassist Rex Brown, who had previously stated he would be sitting out several tour dates due to "personal issues," will be returning to perform live on August 24th. Down's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

8/16 House of Blues - San Diego San Diego, CA
8/18 House of Blues - Anaheim Anaheim, CA
8/19 House of Blues - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
8/21 In The Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
8/22 Gothic Theatre Denver, CO
8/24 Dirty Dog Bar, Austin TX
9/1 CW Center Stage Atlanta, GA
9/2 House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista FL
9/4 House of Blues - Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC
9/5 The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC
9/6 The Valarium Knoxville, TN
9/8 Sonar Baltimore Baltimore, MD
9/9 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
9/11 Nokia Theatre Times Square New York, NY
9/12 The Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
9/13 House of Blues - Boston Boston, MA
9/15 The Webster Theater Hartford, CT
9/16 Main Street Armory Rochester, NY
9/18 Koolhaus Toronto, ONT
9/19 Emerald Theatre Detroit, MI
9/21 The Vogue Theatre Indianapolis, IN
9/22 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
9/24 Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE
9/25 Pop's Nightclub Sauget, IL
9/26 The Pearl Room Mokena, IL
9/28 Expo Five Louisville KY

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Down Finishing Work On New DVD

In a recent interview with Ffwdweekly, Down drummer Jimmy Bower revealed that the band are coming very close to finishing and releasing their new DVD.

"We’re about to release a live DVD of a tour we did in Europe back when we had absolutely no promotion and no label to speak of, yet we sold out every show. Now that’s gotta tell you something. We’ve worked really hard. We edited it down and filled in some footage; I think it came out really, really well. Looking back at those shows, it’s surreal to see how we’ve gotten better over time."

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Down Bassist Rex Brown To Miss Tour Dates

Rex Brown, the bass player for the supergroup Down and former bassist of metal legends Pantera, has announced that he will be unable to take part in the first leg of Down's North American tour. A replacement for him is expected to be announced shortly.

A message from Brown reads as follows:

"It is with my deepest apologies to let you know that I will not be joining the band on the first leg of the forthcoming US/Canada tour. It has been mutually agreed upon between myself and the guys that I take this time to address some personal issues. Make no mistake I will be joining my brothers on the second leg of the tour and in the studio in the very near future. This is of utmost importance at this time. Thank you all for your support and understanding. I will see y'all really soon!

"With much respect,
Rex Brown"

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Weedeater To Support Down On N. American Tour

North Carolina's sludge metal band WEEDEATER has been confirmed as support for a full-on North American DOWN tour. The lineup changes throughout the routing; The Canadian dates feature secondary support from VOIVOD, while the bulk of the American dates feature THE MELVINS. Other opening support for the tour will be DANAVA for the first half and EVIL ARMY for the latter half of the dates.

If you'll remember, Evil Army and Weedeater also supported Down on their North American dates earlier this year.

WEEDEATER will play several shows in North Carolina and Tennessee on the way to the opening and after the closing of the tour, and will headline sporadically in chunks throughout the main tour.

WEEDEATER's latest album, "God Luck And Good Speed," was released in 2007 on Southern Lord Recordings; a deluxe double LP version just released in 2009.

Here are the latest WEEDEATER tour dates: More...

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Down Announces More Tour Dates

New Orleans based metal supergroup Down has announced some more shows for their forthcoming North American tour.

The tour dates are as follows:

August 3 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO
August 6 - Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB (with VOIVOD)
August 7 - Edmonton Event Centre – Edmonton, AB (with Voivod)
August 8 - MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB (with Voivod)
August 10 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC (with Voivod)
August 11 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA
August 14 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
August 15 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
August 16 - House Of Blues - San Diego, CA (with THE MELVINS)
August 18 - House Of Blues - Anaheim, CA
August 19 - House Of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
August 22 - Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO
September 2 - House Of Blues - Orlando, FL (with The Melvins)
September 5 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC
September 7 - House Of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC (with The Melvins)
September 13 - House Of Blues - Boston, MA (with The Melvins)
September 18 - Kool Haus - Toronto, ON
September 22 - House Of Blues - Clevevland, OH (with The Melvins)

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Down Posts Live Sonisphere Video Clips Online

Down performed at the Sonisphere Festival on June 20th in Nijmegen. Three video clips from their performance at the festival can be viewed below. More...

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Arsames Confirmed For Metal Camp 2009

Iranian thrash/death metal act ARSAMES has been confirmed for Metal Camp 2009 - talents stage (DARK DOG STAGE BANDS) set to take place July 2-8, 2009 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The Metal Camp festival billing is shaping up as follows:


For more info, check the Metal Camp website at metalcamp.com.

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