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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 Planning New Album And Documentary

New Orleans band Down has issued the following announcement about planning to release a documentary and record a new album:

"Hello all you killer lovers of the riff, it's been a while since we spoke.

"Down's been offered a great amount of festivals all over Europe this summer, so here we come! We also have a couple of dates on our own with the mighty St Vitus!!!

"We're in the final stages of the documentary and it should be out soon.

"After the European festivals, we're planning one more run of select markets in the states from August to September. Then we are headed back to the studio for October through December to record what will eventually become Down IV.

"Get ready here it comes!

"From: The Down camp"

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Eight More Bands Confirmed For Download 2009

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further eight bands for this years lineup. Two of Sweden's most acclaimed metal bands, Opeth and Meshuggah, have been added to the bill as well as Japanese rockers Dir En Grey. The underground British thrash metal jokers Lawnmower Deth have also been confirmed. American rock group Five Finger Death Punch will be appearing at the event as will Velvet Revolver/Ex-Guns N Roses bass player Duff McKagen with his new band Loaded. You Me At Six and Roadrunner Records latest signing, Steadlur.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Faith No More
Def Leppard
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Papa Roach
Five Finger Death Punch
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Karma To Burn

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Phil Anselmo To Attend Kronk Gym Fundraiser

Fightnews.com is reporting:

Where will Philip Anselmo of the platinum-selling world renowned, PANTERA and DOWN, be partying loud and proud? Where will Jim Lampley of HBO fame be the master emcee? Answer: The Kronk Foundation’s mega fundraiser. It will be Metro Detroit’s biggest bash, and it will pack quite a punch.

It will be a great, fun-filled event - loaded with celebrities, good food, even better wine and all sorts of goodies at a live and silent auction. But act quickly: The tickets are going fast.

If you want to assuage your guilt, remember this - it’s for fabulous cause: The Kronk Gym and the good work it does. More...

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Additional Bands Confirmed For Download 2009

Twelve more bands have been announced for this year's edition of Britain's Download Festival. New Orleans supergroup Down will be making their second appearance at the festival and they will be joined by Italian gothic metal group Lacuna Coil, legendary rockers Journey and former Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell. Also added to the bill are Tesla, Papa Roach, Clutch, Black Stone Cherry, Architects, Skin, Parkway Drive and Karma To Burn.

The lineup is now as follows (in no order) :

Faith No More
Def Leppard
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Papa Roach
Parkway Drive
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Karma To Burn

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Slipknot, Down And More Added To Graspop 2009

The organizers of this years Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium has announced some more bands for the festival in the form of Slipknot, Down, Exodus, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Motley Crue, Gojira, The Gathering, Buckcherry, Marilyn Manson, Jon Olivia's Pain, Pestilence and August Burns Red.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Motley Crue
Marilyn Manson
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
God Forbid
Sacred Reich
August Burns Red
Papa Roach
Jon Olivia's Pain
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Parkway Drive
Negura Bunget

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Nine Inch Nails Announces Bonnaroo 2009 Appearance

Nine Inch Nails has announced that they will be performing at the Bonnaroo Festival on June 13, 2009 in Manchester, TN. Tickets go on sale February 17th at noon EST.

Other than the previously announced Down, the only other relatively heavy (stress on "relatively") band that has been announced is Coheed and Cambria. More bands are to be announced, however. You can see the current lineup here.

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Down Confirmed For Bonnaroo Festival 2009

New Orleans based supergroup Down has been confirmed for this year's edition of the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennesee. They will be joining other huge names from Bruce Springsteen to the Beastie Boys. You can check out all the confirmed bands for this years event at this location.

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Phil Anselmo Writes Poem For BoxingInsider.com

Down/ex-Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has recently contributed a poem to BoxingInsider.com. You can check it out below:

A trained; composed; skilled fist
can strike out at an opponent for only so long
before it connects directly into the hearts of loved ones closest.
A pugilistic dementia reaction of habit
with a system in slow motion.
Done by thirty-three
and bitter about it.
What could have been!
Not a single promise kept.
No limelight.
Golden gloves trophies, colorless ribbons
and lost timelines…
gather dust
next to a stack of unopened mail;
forgotten for months.
Or years.
Bloodstains on a battle tested brain.
A warrior
fed back to the cruel streets unwanted and
left to cope alone
with predictable failure lying await in ambush
ticking like a time bomb inside of himself.
Whether it be nerve-damaged ticks
violent, abrupt outbursts
fists through framed family photos
or bottom shelf tequila—
this man is but a trapped, wounded hero
with torn pride inside.
A sad baggage to heave around
with nowhere to put it,
nor knowledge of how to.
The Retired Journeyman will be remembered
as the portrayal of a man that left his mark
as the loser of boxing matches
by those of us who lived through his losses
and have scorned his name because of them.
But let us take a moment to allot compassion for him
because to remember his name
is to know the unparalleled and oft-misguided courage it takes
to climb through the ropes, and into the ring
with nothing left.
For every champion, they must first meet The Journeyman…
who’s scarred face serves its purpose
and with every punch it receives, it
only serves as a detriment to this man’s health
and further distances him, from him.
Woe to The Journeyman—
a hollow young man
with only directionless; puzzled memories of combat
left on his head.
Bereft of family or friends
sitting quietly in his lonely squat—
uninvited, yet familiar company is kept
and can always be found seated in an opposing corner of the house
in a dimly lit smoker
waiting for the bell to ring
in The retired Journeyman’s

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Down Announces North American Tour Dates

New Orleans based supergroup Down will embark on a headlining tour next month across North America. Also on the bill will be Evil Army and Weedeater.

The tour dates are as follows:

February 15 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
February 17 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
February 18 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Centre
February 20 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theater
February 21 - Fargo, ND - The Venue
February 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave.
February 24 - Traverse City, MI - Streeter's
February 25 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
February 26 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
February 28 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
March 1 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
March 2 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland
March 4 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
March 5 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
March 6 - Nashville, TN - The Cannery
March 8 - New Orleans, LA - Southport Music Hall
March 9 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
March 11 - San Antonio, TX - The Scout Bar
March 12 - Dallas, TX - Palladium
March 13 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
March 15 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
March 17 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theater
March 18 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
March 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
March 20 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom

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Phil Anselmo Denies Drug Rumours, Talks Pantera

Phil Anselmo, former frontman of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual and current vocalist of Down and guitarist for Arson Anthem recently did an in depth interview with AntiQuiet, during which he spoke about his days in Pantera, feud with the Abbott brothers and the rumours that he is back on drugs. Some excerpts are as follows:

Antiquiet: I don’t mean to dredge up old bullshit, but I want to talk about something you’ve encountered firsthand. When you had that beef with Dime and Vin, us fans got the word through fuckin’ Metal Hammer and the music journalists, who of course tend to… you know, pull the juicy quotes out, to keep the circus going, to get attention, to sell magazines.

So let’s say things were different and the journalists minded other business, and you guys had space to work it out on your own. Do you think things might have turned out differently?

Phil Anselmo: Well… it’s kind of a moot point here. But if you’re talking in… imaginary terms, if you’re talking what ifs, theoretically, yeah. Rex and I actually talk about it a lot and we know… Pantera could have kept going.

The interview that sparked off everybody’s imagination… Little to everyone’s knowledge, the guy who asked me that- it was supposed to be off the record- he asked me straight out what would happen if [we] got into a fight- a physical thing. First of all, that never would have happened. Second of all, theoretically, once again- obviously, I would have the advantage over them. So I put it in a [certain] way, like a million motherfuckers do every day- boxers, et cetera- you know, they say they’re going to do terrible, horrible things to each other, and then after everything clears, they shake hands and hug each other and it’s done.

But if things are put as an absolute, and it’s just black and white, it’s just read and it’s taken that way, and it’s very unfortunate that it was. Because, as I’ve said before, Pantera was a mighty force man. More...

Read the full article at AntiQuiet.

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Down To Release Two DVDs Next Year

New Orleans based supergroup Down will apparantly be relesing two DVDs next year. The first will be a documentary on the bands reunion, new album and world tour and the second will be a live DVD filmed at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City (Tokyo) on October 18th - 19th. No release dates have been confirmed yet. The band are currently on tour but are building material to record a fourth studio album with.

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Down To Release Documentary, Writing New Music

Down/former Pantera bassist Rex Brown recently spoke to Billboard.com about the reunion of the band, new material and more. Some excerpts from the article are as follows:

"(Down) is gonna keep rolling," Brown says. "We're not getting any younger, and this is what we're kicking ass at. All that other stuff people were doing kind of cleansed itself out. There's no reason to take time off anymore. This is a band we can grow old in together, which is really cool."

Brown says there's "a lot of material left over" from last year's "Down III: Over the Under," which was recently released in a deluxe edition through Best Buy for Down's current live run. The outtakes will be considered for the fourth Down album, but Brown adds that the quintet is also "writing constantly on the road. We still have all these ideas, and we play a lot of new stuff at sound check, just to feel it out. Hopefully we can get back in the studio in the fall and work on something."

Before a new album, however -- and perhaps as soon as the first quarter of 2009 -- Down plans to release a documentary of its 2006 reunion after a nearly four-year hiatus, including both live and behind-the-scenes footage. "It's kind of about us learning how to walk together again," Brown says of the film, which is not yet finished and is so far untitled. "It just chronicles the life on the road of us starting to play again. We're right in the middle of it now."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Down Posts Behind The Scenes Footage Online

A video featuring a behind the scenes look at the recent Metallica/Down show in Glendale, Arizona has been posted online. You can check it out below.

Down frontman Phil Anselmo revealed recently that the band has at least six new songs ready for a new album and are hoping to get to work on it soon. More...

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Down Posts New "Bury Me In Smoke" Live Clip Online

New Orleans, Louisiana based supergroup Down has posted a new live video of the band performing their staple track, "Bury Me In Smoke" online. You can check it out below. The video was filmed in Glendale, Arizona on October 21st. More...

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Down Goes Down Under and Rocks Perth's Metropolis

A good turnout for a small city like Perth is unfortunately about the size of a bad turnout somewhere larger, however, the streets of Fremantle were buzzing with anticipation on this particular Tuesday night (October 10th) as black-clad metal fans clogged pub doorways along the main drag. Inside Metropolis, the venue for the last date of Down's Australian tour, the feeling was even more intense despite the ridiculous $10 beers. More...

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Down Posts "N.O.D." Video Online

New Orleans natives Down has posted a brand new music video online for "N.O.D." which comes from the bands latest album, "Down III:Over The Under" which was re-issued earlier this month via BestBuy and comes with a bonus DVD. You can check out the video below. More...

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Down Posts Trailer For New Album Re-Issue Online

New Orleans rockers Down has uploaded a new trailer for the upcoming re-issue of their latest album, "Down III:Over The Under" online. You can check it out below.

The re-issue is an exclusive to BestBuy and contains a bonus DVD which features over half an hour of live and backstage footage of the bands touring cycle.

Down frontman Phil Anselmo has confirmed that the band has been writing for a new studio album and currently have six songs penned. More...

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Christ Inversion Announces Release

The official release of Christ Inversion's self-titled recording is set for October 28, 2008 on Housecore Records

Christ Inversion features:
Philip H. Anselmo (DOWN, Pantera, SJR, Etc..) - Guitar & Backing Vocals
Wayne Fabra (Graveyard Rodeo, Necrophagia) - Vocals
Jay Gracianette (Sinkhole, House of Shock) - Bass
Gary Herbert -(Graveyard Rodeo) - Drums

You can check out some of Christ Inversion's material on their MySpace page.

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Type O Guitarist Joins Kingdom Of Sorrow On Tour

KINGDOM OF SORROW will be joined by Kenny Hickey of TYPE O NEGATIVE for a portion of dates on their upcoming North American tour with GWAR and label-mates TOXIC HOLOCAUST. Hickey will fill-in for Kirk Windstein, who will be on tour with DOWN in late October and November. Statements from Windstein, Hickey, and KOS's Jamey Jasta are below.

Kirk Windstein: "What's up everyone!? I just wanted to let you all know that we've found a GREAT fill in guitarist for yours truly, raging rocker and good friend Kenny Hickey of TYPE-O-NEGATIVE, and I couldn't be happier with the choice. He will be jamming with the young Jasta and crew during the first half of the GWAR tour so please go out and support KINGDOM OF SORROW while I am fulfilling my duties with DOWN. I wish I could rock in two places at once but my 1 priority is DOWN right now, we are touring with METALLICA and there's no way in hell I would miss that.

"I will however be playing the first couple of shows and the last leg of the tour with KINGDOM OF SORROW though, so don't fret! Come out and rock with us and buy the old one a cold one!!!"

Kenny Hickey: "About 2 weeks ago I was bitching to my daughter about how I needed to get back on the road - been home long enough and needed to break out. At that moment I received a text message from my friend Jamey Jasta. To my amazement he was asking me to hit the road with him with his new band KINGDOM OF SORROW! I would be filling in for Kirk whom I've known for years - way back to the beginning of the CROWBAR, TYPE O, PANTERA days. On top of that, TYPE O and HATEBREED had just finished tearing a hole through the states on a 7 week co-headlining tour which was over the top insanity and fun. I went out that next day and bought the Kingdom of Sorrow record and was sold immediately. I'm in boys.
We're gonna kick a hole in the universe!"

Jamey Jasta: "When DOWN was first confirmed on the METALLICA tour I really thought we would just have to cancel the GWAR run but Kirk INSISTED that I push on without him and do what's right for the fans and for KINGDOM OF SORROW. When faced with finding a suitable replacement for Kirk, Kenny Hickey instantly came to mind and I could not be happier that he is available and stoked to tour with us. I must say that Kenny is one of the most talented and underrated players out there in the rock / metal world and I had the time of my life touring with TYPE O this past summer.
We're pumped to be able to perform with KINGDOM OF SORROW in so many cities across the USA and Canada! Thanks for the support and we'll see you at the shows!"

Additionally, KINGDOM OF SORROW has announced a number of headlining dates leading up to the GWAR tour. The band will headline shows on their way to Florida to meet up with GWAR and TOXIC HOLOCAUST for the massive 12-week North American tour, hitting over 70 cities all across Canada and the U.S. A complete listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.

Here are the latest KINGDOM OF SORROW tour dates: More...

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Metallica Announces North American Tour Dates

Having just completed their new album, Metallica has announced upcoming North American tour dates with The Sword as well as bands such as Machine Head, Lamb of God and Down on various legs of the tour.

Here's the update from the band:

"Time for a different sort of vacation ... one right here on our home turf!! Now that 'Death Magnetic' is complete, we're ready to start a proper indoor arena tour of the States and Canada and we can't wait to visit all of our 'Talli-fans here . . . it really has been too long (hey, what's four years amongst friends?).

Here's the complete list of cities and venues up through January 31, 2009: More...

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