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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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Down To Headline Roadburn Festival "Pre-Heat"

Organizers of the 13th annual Roadburn Festival, taking place April 18th - 19th, at the 013 Club in Tilburg, The Netherlands, have issued the following update:

"Hello Burners! Some exciting new updates on the 13th Annual Roadburn Festival 2008, including the confirmation of New Orleans metal heavyweights DOWN as headliner for the Pre-Heat on Thursday, April 17, plus Rise Above Records' 20th anniversary evening.

You'll be wanting to stick around after the main festival for David Tibet's special day-long event on Sunday, April 20th.

David Tibet: "I am delighted and ecstatic to announce the full line-up of the artists playing at the day I was invited to curate at the Roadburn Festival. Appearing at the show will be: ÆTHENOR, BABY DEE, CURRENT 93, OM and RICKIE LEE JONES."

Read the full article at this location.

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Down Announce European Tour Dates

New Orleans based supergroup Down have released more tour dates which include a European tour. The dates are as follows: More...

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Kingdom Of Sorrow Announce More Tour Dates

KINGDOM OF SORROW, the new band featuring HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta and DOWN/CROWBAR’s Kirk Windstein, have scheduled the following upcoming tour dates:

February 27 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
February 28 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
March 1 - Albany, NY @ Valentines
March 2 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
March 4 - Toronto, ON @ El Macombo
March 6 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
March 7 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

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Phil Anselmo Speaks On Guitar Part Contributions

Rick Florino of ARTISTdirect recently conducted an interview with Philip Anselmo (ARSON ANTHEM, DOWN, PANTERA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

ARTISTdirect: ARSON ANTHEM is extremely brutal, raw and honest. The songs bear an intensity missing from modern hardcore and punk. What's the creative process like for this band? How do you compose these songs?

Anselmo: I'd mail cassette tapes of riffs I'd come up with to III [Hank Williams III] and Collin, and just give Mike a copy as well. A month or two went by and III drove his truck down to my place with his recording equipment and drums all packed-up in his truck. We wrote the majority of the songs (musically) during that first night. Everybody already knew all the parts from those tapes! The next day, we wrote the rest of the songs, and fucked with some different ideas. The next day we recorded. Mike sang the next night. III stuck around for the following day in order for he and I to mix a little. Then he split. All in all, "physically," it took three days to put together and record.

ARTISTdirect: The album feels unbridled and really free. Was this an especially fun record to make?

Anselmo: Yes. It was a very intense atmosphere, but extremely at ease as well. We knew that we expected the music to capture a specific sound, but until that happened, and it did, it was gratifying. We knew then, that the music that was being written was both flexible and tangible, and that's all we could hope for. We were going to be critical of ourselves, especially Mike and I. We were the oldest, and had followed the hardcore scene almost from its inception and watched it grow and die. Aside from a handful of current hardcore bands, we felt the need to express our interpretation of this type of music, because, to us, it's a sorely missing element within today's generic crop of two-chord bands that basically mimic the image of THE EXPLOITED, but fail completely to impress "true" purists with their music.

ARTISTdirect: Growing up in New Orleans, was there a strong hardcore scene when you were a kid? Or did you find more inspiration from the other East Coast scenes?

Anselmo: Both. In the early '80s, the N.O. underground scene was an incredible thing. There were numerous bands that played every week and weekend. It was a phenomenon that was slowly growing across the U.S. — especially when I moved to Texas, and the scene there was thriving as well. But to be completely honest, the N.O. scene was much more interesting and influential. The bands from N.O. were admittedly influenced by the East Coast sound. Out of all the bands from or around the NYC area that I could namedrop as probably the biggest influence to the N.O. sound would be CARNIVORE. If you take a peek into Pete Steele's resume, you'll find that within the NYC hardcore scene his name is legendary. He's penned many a great song for many a great band. SHEER TERROR was great too. They were like CARNIVORE meets THE RIGHTEOUS PIGS, who were an insanely great band from Las Vegas.

ARTISTdirect: The guitar playing has an almost black metal speed, and it's super-tight. Do you enjoy the chance to focus on playing rather than singing?

Anselmo: I love to play guitar. I've been writing my own songs on the axe since I was nine-years-old. I suck at leads. But I have my own style, although I haven't gotten any better at them for over two decades. My playing style on AA must be tight a la AGNOSTIC FRONT, and loose when necessary. On fast songs like "Hammer Them Out", I down-pick. Which is the correct way to play it. The lead guitar work is a bit repetitious, but when a song is under two minutes long, I don't have much room anyway. Thank goodness. But I've always contributed guitar parts to every band I've ever been in, so I'll always play the axe. Singing and playing have always gone hand-in-hand with me. I love 'em both equally.

Read the entire interview at www.artistdirect.com.

ARSON ANTHEM will release its self-titled debut EP on February 19 via Housecore Records; a label created by Anselmo focusing on Phil's side projects and other artists he believes in. The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Year Of The Fork
02. Doomed Morale
03. Bunker Life
04. Hammer Them Out
05. Wrecked Like Clockwork
06. Cops Shoot Coke
07. The Avoider
08. Sri Lankan Medication

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Kingdom Of Sorrow Announce Worcester Show

KINGDOM OF SORROW, featuring Jamey Jasta of HATEBREED and Kirk Windstein of DOWN/CROWBAR, have updated their tour itinerary to announce a gig at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 27th.

The band's upcoming live dates include:

February
27 - Palladium - Worcester, Massachusetts
28 - Ottobar - Baltimore, Maryland

March
1 - Valentines - Albany, New York
2 - Knitting Factory - New York, New York
4 - El Macombo - Toronto, Ontario
6 - Reggie’s Rock Club - Chicago, Illinois
7 - Magic Stick - Detroit, Michigan

February 19th is the North American release date for the self-titled debut from Kingdom Of Sorrow. It will be availble in Europe on February 25th. The CD will contain the following 11 songs: 'Hear This Prayer', 'Grieve', 'Piece It All Back', 'Led Into Demise', 'Demon Eyes', 'With Unspoken Words', 'Free The Fall', 'World', 'Ghosts', 'Begging', 'Buried In Black'.

Kingdom Of Sorrow's complete lineup is as follows:

Kirk Windstein of Down/Crowbar - vocals and guitars
Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed/Icepick - vocals
Steve Gibb of Crowbar/ex-Black Label Society - guitar
Derek Kerswill of Seemless/Unearth - drums
Matthew Brunson (local Nola freak) - bass

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Arson Anthem Reveal Debut EP Details

ARSON ANTHEM — the new project featuring Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA) on guitar, Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD) on vocals, Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ASSJACK) on drums and Collin Yeo on bass — will release its self-titled debut EP on February 19 via Housecore Records; a label created by Anselmo focusing on Phil's side projects and other artists he believes in. The track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Year Of The Fork
02. Doomed Morale
03. Bunker Life
04. Hammer Them Out
05. Wrecked Like Clockwork
06. Cops Shoot Coke
07. The Avoider
08. Sri Lankan Medication

After losing everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mike Williams moved into Philip's spare apartment. The two spent countless hours listening to Philip's collection of early hardcore bands; the timing was perfect to remedy this cabin fever. They began jamming with III and Collin Yeo, and this proved to be the crowning accession to complete this exploit.

ARSON ANTHEM's mission is to re-introduce the roots of painful amplification, raw production, and a TRUE "fuck-all" attitude to a movement within a new generation that's lost the meaning of less complicated ventures. The byway is to be similar to the original brutality of bands like NEGATIVE APPROACH, POISON IDEA, HELLHAMMER, DISCHARGE and VOID, amongst others. ARSON ANTHEM will never give way to what the societal masses want them to conform to, as by example their previous musical incarnations.

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Watch Philip Anselmo Perform With Rigor Mortis

Fan-filmed video footage of Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA) joining reactivated Texas thrashers RIGOR MORTIS for the song "Re-Animator" on December 14, 2007 at Vino's in Little Rock, Arkansas can be viewed here.

RIGOR MORTIS performed with its original lineup consisting of Bruce Corbitt (TEXAS METAL ALLIANCE), Mike Scaccia (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS), Casey Orr (MITRA, GWAR, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), and Harden Harrison (MITRA, PERVIS, SPEEDEALER).

ARSON ANTHEM — the new project featuring Anselmo on guitar, Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD) on vocals, Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ASSJACK) on drums and Collin Yeo on bass — supported RIGOR MORTIS for three shows (including the Little Rock concert) earlier in the month. More...

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Kingdom of Sorrow Announce New Album Release Dates

KINGDOM OF SORROW, featuring Jamey Jasta from HATEBREED and Kirk Windstein from DOWN/CROWBAR will release their self-titled debut on February 19th in North America via Relapse Records. The album will be available worldwide on February 25th.

Click here to pre-order an exclusive CD/t-shirt combo.

Live shows will be announced in January.

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Down Reveal More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for DOWN’s U.S. tour next year:

January 18 - Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
January 19 - Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theatre
January 20 - Lafayette, LA @ Grant St. Dance Hall
January 22 - Little Rock, AR @ The Village
January 23 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
January 25 - Springfield, MO @ Reminton’s
January 26 - Champaign, IL @ Canopy Club
January 27 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
January 29 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
January 30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
February 2 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
February 4 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
February 5 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe
February 7 - Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy’s
February 8 - Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
February 9 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
February 11 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
February 12 - New Haven, CT @ Toad’s
February 14 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
February 16 - Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
February 18 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
February 19 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
February 21 - New Orleans, LA @ Southport Music Hall

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Down Announce More U.S. Dates

DOWN has lined up the following dates in January/February:

Jan. 18 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
Jan. 19 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay Theatre
Jan. 20 - Lafayette, LA - Grant St. Dance Hall
Jan. 22 - Little Rock, AR - The Village
Jan. 23 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
Jan. 25 - Springfield, MO - Reminton's
Jan. 26 - Champaign, IL - Canopy Club
Jan. 27 - Grand Rapids - Orbit Room
Jan. 29 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
Jan. 30 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
Feb. 02 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
Feb. 04 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Feb. 05 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Feb. 07 - Long Island - Mulcahy's
Feb. 08 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
Feb. 09 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Feb. 11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Feb. 12 - New Haven, CT - Toad's
Feb. 14 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
Feb. 16 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
Feb. 18 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
Feb. 19 - Nashville, TN - The Cannery
Feb. 21 -New Orleans, LA - Southport Music Hall More...

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Down To Release Latest Album On Vinyl In The U.K.

Roadrunner in the UK will be issuing DOWN's latest album, III - Over The Under, as a limited edition double vinyl on December 24th.

After successful runs on the HEAVEN AND HELL Tour in Australia and An Evening With Down Tour in the US, Down is currently preparing to embark on the second leg of their US tour beginning on January 19 in Birmingham, AL and continuing through February 19 in Nashville, TN in support of their third album, Down III-Over The Under.

Dates include:

January
19 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay Theatre
22 - Little Rock, AR - The Village
23 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
25 - Springfield, MO - Reminton’s
26 - Champaign, IL - Canopy Club
27 - Grand Rapids - Orbit Room
29 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
30 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater

February
2 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
4 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
5 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
7 - Long Island - Mulcahy’s
8 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s
9 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
12 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s
14 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
16 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
18 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
19 - Nashville, TN - The Cannery

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Down Announce More U.S. Tour Dates

DOWN has lined up the following dates in January/February:

Jan. 19 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay Theatre
Jan. 22 - Little Rock, AR - The Village
Jan. 23 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
Jan. 25 - Springfield, MO - Reminton’s
Jan. 26 - Champaign, IL - Canopy Club
Jan. 27 - Grand Rapids - Orbit Room
Jan. 29 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
Jan. 30 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
Feb. 02 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
Feb. 04 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Feb. 05 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Feb. 07 - Long Island - Mulcahy’s
Feb. 08 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s
Feb. 09 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Feb. 11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Feb. 12 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s
Feb. 14 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
Feb. 16 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
Feb. 18 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
Feb. 19 - Nashville, TN - The Cannery More...

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Phil Anselmo Talks About Arson Anthem

DOWN/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo recently spoke to MTV.com about his new label, Housecore Records, which will launch with an EP by ARSON ANTHEM, a group that features Anselmo on guitar, EYEHATEGOD singer Mike Williams, bassist Collin Yeo and SUPERJOINT RITUAL bassist Hank Williams III on drums. The group formed after Williams, who lost everything he owned in Hurricane Katrina, moved into Anselmo's spare apartment. They spent hours listening to Anselmo's extensive collection of early hardcore, and before long, they started jamming.

"Obviously Mike and I have a history, from high school, to touring together with EYEHATEGOD opening for PANTERA," Anselmo told MTV.com. "After Hurricane Katrina, I bailed him out of jail and put him up at Nodferatu's Lair [a space on Anselmo's property]. His apartment and everything he owned burned down in the post-Katrina riots. We always wanted to start a hardcore band. III and I were in SUPERJOINT RITUAL together, but I knew he was a drummer from when I first met him when he was in his teens. ... Collin was a young musician, he was in town at the right time, and it all fit perfectly."

Read more at MTV.com.

ARSON ANTHEM will team up with RIGOR MORTIS for three shows in December:

Dec. 13 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
Dec. 14 - Vino's - Little Rock, AR
Dec. 15 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA

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Kingdom of Sorrow Reveal New Album Cover

You can check out the cover art and pre-order the upcoming new self-titled album from KINGDOM OF SORROW online here. The album is set to be released on February 19th via Relapse Records, and the band features Jamey Jasta of HATEBREED and Kirk Windstein of DOWN and CROWBAR.

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Arson Anthem Prepare To Release Debut

With the current roster of supposed "extreme" or "underground" bands repetitively dishing out modern metal regurgitation, something had to give; enter ARSON ANTHEM, the new project featuring ARSON ANTHEM — the new band featuring Philip Anselmo (DOWN, ex-PANTERA) on guitar, Mike Williams (EYEHATEGOD) on vocals, Hank Williams III (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ASSJACK) on drums and Collin Yeo on bass. Basking in the telepathic glow of filthy, vicious '80s-era punk and hardcore, and yearning for a spark, this improper outfit has finally ignited said spark. Fueled by stale vodka and non-filters, they've finally wrecked into a bare-bones, distorted, bastard vacuum.

After losing everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mike Williams moved into Philip's spare apartment. The two spent countless hours listening to Philip's collection of early hardcore bands; the timing was perfect to remedy this cabin fever. They began jamming with III and Collin Yeo, and this proved to be the crowning accession to complete this exploit.

ARSON ANTHEM's mission is to re-introduce the roots of painful amplification, raw production, and a TRUE "fuck-all" attitude to a movement within a new generation that's lost the meaning of less complicated ventures. The byway is to be similar to the original brutality of bands like NEGATIVE APPROACH, POISON IDEA, HELLHAMMER, DISCHARGE and VOID, amongst others. ARSON ANTHEM will never give way to what the societal masses want them to conform to, as by example their previous musical incarnations.

ARSON ANTHEM's debut EP — due on February 19 — will be the first release via Housecore Records; a label created by Anselmo focusing on Phil's side projects and other artists he believes in.

ARSON ANTHEM will team up with RIGOR MORTIS for three shows in December:

Dec. 13 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
Dec. 14 - Vino's - Little Rock, AR
Dec. 15 - One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA

Coming in 2008 on Housecore: THE MANSON FAMILY SOUNDTRACK, CHRIST INVERSION, EYEHATEGOD's "Live at CBGB", and much more.

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Dimebag's Former Girlfriend Slams Phil Anselmo

Metal Monthly conducted an interview last month (November 2007) with Rita Haney, the longtime girlfriend of late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Metal Monthly: Your thoughts on Phil [Anselmo, ex-PANTERA singer]. Is he a part of the problem or part of the solution?

Rita: [Laughs] He's not our problem anymore. But seriously, I think people have the right to choose what they like or dislike. My issues with Anselmo are my own and they shouldn't have to be anyone else's. If I asked people to choose, then I wouldn't be any better than him. He has been the king of lies and manipulation in our camp for a long time. I know now that that started with the heroin use, but he can never go back to being the person he once was, and when he was that person — man, he was on! A great frontman, and I would never try and say different. But I just don't believe, or believe in him, anymore... I can't! When that Metal Hammer interview came out with Philip saying Dimebag Darrell needs to be beaten severely... and no matter how he tries to explain that one away, he said it. Plus a few other things. Metal Hammer sent the audios of his interview to Vinnie [Paul, Dimebag's brother and former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer] and yes! That's Phil Anselmo's voice. I heard it myself. But after it was posted on Blabbermouth, Dime asked me — and I could hear the lump in his throat — "What did I ever do to him?" And you know, I had to fight the lump in my own throat, I hated seeing him hurt, and he asked me again, "What did I ever do to him?" And I told him, "Nothin', baby. All you ever did was love him in his heart you are the one person on this earth that he truly respects and he can't face you... so in his drug-induced mind he's made you his enemy... for no reason at all... all because he's a junkie and you're not, which makes you not part of his world." And ya know, he said, "Maybe you're right, but I can't do this anymore." I know the last thing Dime told me that day about him was he was done! He would never stand on stage with him again! Philip had humiliated and embarrassed him for the last time! Dime told me then, "I'm writing him off. No longer will he trample through my peaceful mind!" And when that tour bus came home and there was no one to get off of it... that was one of the hardest things I had to do was go on there and pack up his bunk, but while I was doing it I found a two-page letter that Dime had written about Philip and in his own handwriting. It says what he had told me that day and a few other things about Mr. Anselmo, so in my heart I just can't believe in him anymore... It's tired. When Dime forgives him then I will... I have to stand by Dime and his brother; it's what I know is right.

Metal Monthly: Many people do not know that Eddie Van Halen buried one of his guitars with Darrell. This is true, right? And like 20 bottles of Crown Royal?

Rita: [Laughs] There's a few bottles of 7 up in there too! My boy loooves Seagram's! But yeah, Vinnie and I were trying to figure out which guitar, and about that time Ed called... he asked me on the phone if there was anything he could do, and I said, "Yes, as a matter of fact there is... Can you stripe him a yellow-and-black guitar?" He said, "Are you sure you don't want the red-black-and-white?" I said, "No... Dime told me the yellow-and-black is the shit! It's the toughest lookin'!" He always thought that. We had just seen VAN HALEN in Midland, TX a few weeks earlier and that was the first time Dime ever got to meet Eddie Van Halen. They hung out before and after the show. Dime even got to play on his rig at soundcheck. He was like a kid in a candy store... the way his eyes were lit up. He told me later in the limo — which Van Halen provided — "How cool is that?" Anyway he leaned over and looked me right in the eyes and said, "If I died tonight, it wouldn't matter, 'cause I've done everything now, I've met Eddie Van Halen!" and he had the biggest smile on his face... he was so happy! But, shit, I strayed! I'm the world's worst about telling 10 stories at once! [Laughs] Back to Ed... He said, "OK," that he would be down in a couple of days. When Ed came in at the viewing, he had the guitar, but it wasn't the guitar we expected... he told Vinnie and I that "Dime was an original and only an original deserves the original!" He popped open the case and there it was... his original '79 still with the rusted set of strings on it! It was so amazing!!! I took it in to Dime and I said, "See, baby, you didn't get a replica! You got THE one," and I gave him a kiss on the forehead and place it in there with him... Ed was awesome and I thank him still!

Metal Monthly: I saw you recently got one of the coolest tattoos ever, and you were filmed [for the "LA Ink" show] while doing it. What was that experience like?

Rita: Ya know, I hadn't had a tat in over seven years. I was kinda nervous. I didn't know how it was going to feel in that area and on the hand, but believe it or not, it was really smooth... Kat's an amazing artist, we all know that, but she has an awesome touch when it comes to layin' ink! Now I ain't gonna lie, it did sting when it came around the elbow and the knuckles, especially that joint on top of the wrist! [Laughs] But it rocked! I'm so proud of this tat! The portrait she did is very sentimental to me 'cause he was actually handing me down a shot on the headstock of his guitar in Chicago and the House of Blues. I was in the photo pit filming and Chad Lee, the photographer, was right next to me and he snapped the photo. When I look at the portrait in the mirror and see the look in his eyes and the smile on his face, I know he was looking at me... that look was for me and it makes me smile.

Metal Monthly: Rita, I know how TV works and they edit things down... On the ["LA Ink"] interview you probably said a lot that was cut out. Is there anything you would like to say to the families of the other guys who lost their lives that most tragic night?

Rita: Yeah, we interviewed for two or three hours and they took segments out of place. I've only seen the show once, but for instance, when I'm talking about how the events of the night unfold... They had asked me a question of how I knew, and they took those clips from me describing mine and Vinnie's phone call and what he was telling me at that particular time… before we knew everything and before I read the autopsy, so unless you hear the whole thing then, yeah, I guess there are people out there that are going to try and turn it into something else. One thing that I want to make clear, I was not there that night and I have never once claimed to be. When I say "we," I'm referring to our family and organization, I did not mean for people to misinterpret that, and yes, in those interviews I named everyone's names who were there on that awful night... Eric, Nathan and Mayhem [DAMAGEPLAN's head of security] — and his name is Mayhem when it comes to our camp, just like Kat [DAMAGEPLAN drum tech] is Kat, not John Brooks. But I was not in control over how that show was edited, and I feel for those families and their losses. I hate that the thing we share in life is that fuckin' night. But I will not represent Dime in a bitter way. Yeah, I could sit around and be angry and shitty and point fingers at everybody else that didn't save him. I mean, come on... it happened how it happened, and there's nothing we can do to change that now. But yeah, inside sometimes that tries to bubble to the surface, but he wasn't that kind of person, and I will not let myself represent him that way either. The only thing I know I can do is come away from this and share with other people what I learned from him. Dime gave me so much. Even though he was taken away, I can't complain. I'm just thankful for all the "Dime time" he gave me! If I can help put a smile on someone's face, then hell yeah, I will! When I grieve for him, it's on my own time, not someone else's. They shouldn't have to deal with my burdens and issues or what I keep inside. Dime was about puttin' that smile on their face and makin' people happy, and so am I. To quote him one more time, "You either roll with it, or you get rolled over." I heard about a post that someone put up on MySpace from one of the family members of the other victims, but I have not read it personally. I heard they took potshots at the fact that Dime and I weren't married and all kinds of other bullshit nitpicks. Not that I owe anybody an explanation, but I don't do the marriage/kid thing — that's my business and it should remain, unless I choose to share it, you know. It's like religion... no one wants someone else's beliefs shoved off on 'em, but I will not apologize for something that I had no control over or that was not my fault. I do not know the other people, with the exception of Mayhem, but from their actions and giving there lives to help, I would not think they would want to be represented with such bitterness either. And I can't claim to know how their family members feel about their loss. I only know how I feel and how my family feels! I'm all about helping out where I can. I take care of my own, I always have! I have not once ever been contacted by any of them... But, if there's something I can do to help raise money or charity stuff, whatever... then bring it! But I will not let someone try and make me feel like I owe them something, because I don't and I have not asked them for anything in return as well. So my question is this: I would just like to know how you come to the conclusion that it's my responsibility and no one else's that was affected by this tragedy? Why am I the person who has to try and make it right for you? Well, there is no right for this situation and there never will be, unless those people who lost there lives that night come walking through the door right now. I do wanna give a shout out to Nathan's [Bray] mom. She is the only other family member that I've had the privilege to meet and God bless her!

Read the full article at metalmonthly.

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Phil Anselmo Forces Beer-Throwing Fan On His Knees

After reportedly getting "nailed" twice with beers thrown from the crowd, DOWN frontman Philip Anselmo stopped the band's show Thursday night (November 15) in Corpus Christi, Texas to tell the crowd to send him the next "coward" that decided to throw something at him. The audience then ponied up one of the kids that allegedly had thrown one. Watch what happens next in the clip below.

DOWN's video for the song "On March The Saints" made its "Headbanger's Ball" debut last night (Saturday, November 17) on MTV2. This episode also featured a piece with Phil Anselmo in which he compared the world of boxing to playing music.

DOWN's new album, "Over the Under", was released on September 25 through ILG/Warner Music Group (one day earlier internationally via Roadrunner Records). The LP was issued in Europe as a limited-edition digipack CD featuring the bonus track "Invest in Fear". More...

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Phil Anselmo: "I'm The Best Frontman In The World"

In the second installment of Headbanger's Blog's week-long series with DOWN/ex-PANTERA vocalist Philip Anselmo, the pugnacious fighter steps into the ring and talks about why he's the undisputed heavyweight champion of heavy metal and how he’s working with the best band playing today. Watch the two clips below. (Note: Video stream is NOT available to non-U.S. residents.)

In the first clip, Anselmo says: "I just think I'm the best frontman in the world and I have the best band behind and I'm the best at what I fucking do. And I've known most of them since I was 13 years old. That's the magic there. That's longevity. That's a team. That's what got you there.

He continues: "We can't be categorized. We've taken the southern rock thing… We wrote about being southern on our first damn record. On our second record we touched upon the fact… We have transcended the entire thing. As a matter of fact, last night I think I saw a confederate flag for the first time the entire tour and it got yanked down into the crowd and I never saw it again. I stand on no damn flag."

DOWN's video for the song "On March The Saints" will make its "Headbanger's Ball" debut this Saturday, November 17 at 11:00 p.m. on MTV2 (re-air at 4:00 a.m.). This episode will also feature a piece with Phil Anselmo in which he compares the world of boxing to playing music.

The "On March The Saints" clip will make its online debut tomorrow (Thursday, November 15) on the Headbanger's Blog.

DOWN's new album, "Over the Under", was released on September 25 through ILG/Warner Music Group (one day earlier internationally via Roadrunner Records). The LP was issued in Europe as a limited-edition digipack CD featuring the bonus track "Invest in Fear". More...

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Down Debuts "On March The Saints" Video On HBB

It has been a busy year for Phil Anselmo, Pepper Keenan, Rex Brown, Kirk Windstein and Jimmy Bower of DOWN. The band released DOWN III – OVER THE UNDER to critical acclaim, did some revealing interviews, went on tour and made a video that is now coming to light on MTV2’s HEADBANGERS BALL!

DOWN is set to release the first video from OVER THE UNDER. The clip, for “On March The Saints” makes its first showing on MTV2’s HEADBANGERS BALL this weekend – Saturday, November 17th at 11pm (re-airing Monday at 4am). You can catch a sneak preview on http://headbangersblog.mtv.com/ starting TODAY!

Fans should not miss the remainder of the band’s OVER THE UNDER US tour: More...

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Phil Anselmo Talks Boxing

Since he was young, former PANTERA and current DOWN frontman Phil Anselmo has been obsessed with boxing. A microcosm of the battles between mankind over the ages, a reflection of the principles of social Darwinism and a display of agility, stamina and strength, boxing is considered by some — including Anselmo — to be the ultimate sport.

As a warrior, a motivator and a victor, Anselmo can relate to many of the boxing greats. With PANTERA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL and DOWN, he has dealt with an abundance of adversity, surprises and ultimately, triumphs. These, he compares to the challenges a boxer faces in the ring. In the clip below, Anselmo discusses the similarities he sees between rocking with DOWN and swinging like current WBA Heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (clip courtesy of Headbanger's Blog; note: the video stream is NOT available to non-U.S. residents). More...

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