Lengthy-running heavy steel supergroup DOWN, that includes vocalist Philip H. Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower and bassist Pat Bruders, will make a handful of uncommon reside appearances this spring and summer season.
The band will launch a three-date U.S. run of reveals on Could 19 on the Welcome To Rockville pageant in Daytona Seaside, Florida. After taking part in in Atlanta and Dallas instantly after Rockville, DOWN will take a three-week break earlier than regrouping for 3 European pageant appearances — Copenhell, Graspop Metallic Assembly and Hellfest — in June. An look at this yr’s Blue Ridge Rock Competition will comply with in September in Alton, Virginia.
Commented Anselmo: “It is gonna be good to be out taking part in reveals with the DOWN boys once more!”
On Tuesday (Could 17),DOWN shared a brief Instagram video of the band rehearsing the tune “Lifer” for the upcoming reveals. Test it out beneath.
Earlier within the month, Windstein spoke to Pierre Gutiérrez of Rock Talks in regards to the standing of DOWN‘s long-discussed EP of “obscure” cowl songs. He mentioned: “We now have been speaking about this for a very long time. What’s been taking place is DOWN is sort of now because it began, which was a facet undertaking. We love doing it and it is a ton of enjoyable and we like it — we love the band; it is an incredible band — however everyone’s again to doing their different bands. Pepper‘s [Keenan, guitar] doing C.O.C. full-time, Jimmy‘s [Bower, drums] doing EYEHATEGOD, I am doing CROWBAR, Phil‘s [Anselmo, vocals] acquired quite a bit on his fingers and plenty of initiatives, as he at all times did and at all times will.
“I might like to knock out this cover-song EP,” he continued. “We actually have not, to my information, agreed upon the songs one hundred percent but. Proper now we’re extra involved with simply being correctly rehearsed for the reveals that we have now arising on the finish of Could. And we have now three festivals in Europe on the finish of June that we should be ready for as effectively. So we’re sort of concentrating on that, and possibly after that we’ll see the place we’re at with the cover-song EP.”
Requested by Gutiérrez if the members of DOWN have already picked just a few songs to cowl on the upcoming EP, Windstein mentioned: “We now have just a few that I feel all of us agree on, however ultimately it is actually Phil‘s alternative. The opposite guys, and Phil as effectively, have texted one another forwards and backwards and e-mailed one another one million totally different songs that we predict can be good. To me, we have to simply sit down and have an precise assembly and say, ‘All proper, guys. What songs are we gonna do? And let’s be taught ’em. And make ’em sound like DOWN.’ We do not wanna be a cover-song band like you might have on a cruise ship or one thing; we need to redo these songs in a DOWN model. And no disrespect to cover-song bands on a cruise ship or anyplace else… However significantly, we simply must agree on the songs and get all the way down to work with it.
“Life begins to take over as you become older,” Kirk added, explaining the delay in recording the brand new DOWN EP. “We now have youngsters, and a few of us are married… Life begins to take over the place it is tough with everybody’s schedule, like, ‘Okay, when can all of us get collectively?’ As a result of this one’s acquired this household operate happening and this one’s acquired this household operate happening. As you become older, it does make it a little bit tougher. However we simply must get in a room and discuss and determine it out. And I can not wait to do this; I feel it is gonna be nice.”
Pressed about which tracks have already been agreed upon for inclusion on the DOWN covers EP, Kirk mentioned: “I might quite not [discuss that in interviews yet] as a result of there’s solely possibly one or two which are actually set in stone. A few of it is some obscure stuff, so I might quite… When we have now 100% settlement on all the fellows as to what we’re gonna do, then possibly in interviews we’ll discuss it.”
When Gutiérrez talked about that it might be cool to listen to DOWN cowl a KISS tune, Windstein mentioned: “Pepper threw one out that I really like, so that you by no means know. As soon as once more, it is actually as much as Phil ultimately, what he feels is nice for his voice and what KISS tune, if we did, would we do. I imply, we have now one in thoughts, however can we make it sound like DOWN? Perhaps so. It is gotta sound like we wrote it; it is gotta sound like us.”
As for the opportunity of a brand new full-length album of authentic materials from DOWN, Kirk mentioned: “That is one other factor that must be mentioned sooner or later. To me, it might virtually be simpler to only everyone write riffs and get collectively than attempt to resolve on which cowl songs to do. I am positive that we’ll get round to it sooner or later. We’re not getting any youthful and it is one thing that we get pleasure from and I feel that the followers would like it as effectively. So I am positive sooner or later we’ll get round to it.”
Final August, DOWN took half in a really particular in-person reside and digital expertise. “NOLA City Throwdown” was held on the Fillmore in New Orleans, Louisiana and featured followers attending the present in particular person in addition to watching it in actual time from the consolation of their front room.
In August 2020, DOWN celebrated the twenty fifth anniversary of “NOLA” with a particular livestreamed occasion. Dubbed “The Quarter Century Throwdown”, the high-production, multi-camera occasion came about utilizing cutting-edge streaming expertise to create a one-of-a-kind digital live performance expertise.
A founding member of DOWN, Windstein left the band in 2013 in an effort to deal with CROWBAR and his household life. He was changed by Bobby Landgraf, DOWN‘s former guitar tech who was beforehand in GAHDZILLA MOTOR COMPANY, a Nineties outfit additionally that includes Jason McMaster (DANGEROUS TOYS, WATCHTOWER),and HONKY.
Windstein introduced his return to DOWN in 2019, with the band confirming quite a lot of pageant appearances for 2020 to have fun the twenty fifth anniversary of “NOLA”, all of which have since been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe.
Previous to the August 2020 livestream, DOWN‘s final reside look came about in August 2016 on the Psycho Las Vegas pageant in Las Vegas.