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METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo joined DOWN on stage Thursday (June 16) on the finish of the Philip Anselmo-fronted band’s set on the Copenhell pageant in Denmark. British musician Paul Bond, who is outwardly touring with DOWN as a part of the band’s highway crew, shared video of Trujillo‘s look and wrote in an accompanying message: “OK … so this DID occur final night time! Rob Trujillo received invited to jam with DOWN, however Kirk [Windstein, DOWN guitarist] handed his guitar to ME! I received to share the stage with DOWN and Rob… as James Hetfield, Lars [Ulrich] and a few of KORN watched from the facet! If there weren’t documentary proof, I most likely would have handed it off as a bizarre dream!!!”

METALLICA headlined the primary night time (Wednesday, June 15) of Copenhell, which is happening over 4 days at Refshaleøen in Copenhagen. Different bands who have been scheduled to carry out on the sold-out occasion are IRON MAIDEN, KISS and JUDAS PRIEST.

Final month, Windstein spoke to Pierre Gutiérrez of Rock Talks concerning the standing of DOWN‘s long-discussed EP of “obscure” cowl songs. He mentioned: “We’ve got been speaking about this for a very long time. What’s been occurring is DOWN is form of now because it began, which was a facet mission. We love doing it and it is a ton of enjoyable and we like it — we love the band; it is a tremendous band — however all people’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 received so much on his fingers and a variety 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 data, agreed upon the songs 100% but. Proper now we’re extra involved with simply being correctly rehearsed for the exhibits that we now have developing on the finish of Might. And we now have three festivals in Europe on the finish of June that we should be ready for as properly. So we’re form of concentrating on that, and perhaps 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 a number of songs to cowl on the upcoming EP, Windstein mentioned: “We’ve got a number of that I feel all of us agree on, however ultimately it is actually Phil‘s selection. The opposite guys, and Phil as properly, have texted one another backwards and forwards and e-mailed one another 1,000,000 totally different songs that we expect 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 have got on a cruise ship or one thing; we wish to redo these songs in a DOWN type. And no disrespect to cover-song bands on a cruise ship or anyplace else… However critically, we simply must agree on the songs and get right down to work with it.

“Life begins to take over as you become old,” Kirk added, explaining the delay in recording the brand new DOWN EP. “We’ve got 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 received this household operate occurring and this one’s received this household operate occurring. As you become old, it does make it a bit of harder. However we simply must get in a room and discuss and determine it out. And I can not wait to try 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 would slightly not [discuss that in interviews yet] as a result of there’s solely perhaps one or two which can be actually set in stone. A few of it is some obscure stuff, so I might slightly… When we now have a hundred percent settlement on all the blokes as to what we’re gonna do, then perhaps in interviews we’ll discuss it.”

When Gutiérrez talked about that it could be cool to listen to DOWN cowl a KISS track, Windstein mentioned: “Pepper threw one out that I 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 track, if we did, would we do. I imply, we now have 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 potential of a brand new full-length album of unique materials from DOWN, Kirk mentioned: “That is one other factor that must be mentioned in some unspecified time in the future. To me, it could nearly be simpler to only all people 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 in some unspecified time in the future. We’re not getting any youthful and it is one thing that we take pleasure in and I feel that the followers would like it as properly. So I am positive in some unspecified time in the future we’ll get round to it.”

Becoming a member of Windstein in DOWN‘s present lineup are Anselmo, Keenan, Bower and bassist Pat Bruders.

Final August, DOWN took half in a really particular in-person stay 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 to be able to concentrate on 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 as a result of coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the globe.

Previous to the August 2020 livestream, DOWN‘s final stay look came about in August 2016 on the Psycho Las Vegas pageant in Las Vegas.

OK … so this DID occur final night time!
Rob Trujillo received invited to jam with Down, however Kirk handed his guitar to ME! I received to share the stage with Down and Rob… as James Hetfield, Lars and a few of Korn watched from the facet!
If there weren’t documentary proof, I most likely would have handed it off as a bizarre dream!!!

#down #copenhell #robtrujillo #philanselmo

Posted by Paul Bond on Friday, June 17, 2022

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