Down have shared some footage from the rehearsals for their “NOLA” 25th anniversary livestream concert. That virtual event will take place on August 29. Tickets can be found HERE.
Down will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of “NOLA” by performing it in full during a livestream concert on August 29. Tickets for the virtual event can be found HERE. 10% of the proceeds will go towards United Houma Nation. The band commented:
“Down was a simple band started by friends with a love of heavy music and the songs on the ‘NOLA‘ album were magic from the first rehearsal. We’re extremely grateful to be celebrating the ‘NOLA‘ record with a live stream that the world can see. Watch the show and plug in through your loudest stereo! We love y’all!”
It looks like Down will be playing a livestream concert on August 22. The band’s manager, Skid Row guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo, confirmed the news during a recent episode of “Tribute Wars,” the online show co-hosted by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson:
“I’ve been managing since 2006, which seems like a lifetime ago, and it kind of is. I’ve been managing the band DOWN since then — Philip Anselmo and Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein — and that, for a long time, took up a lot of our time. But they’ve taken a bit of a hiatus. They’re actually gonna be doing one of those streaming live shows August 22nd. So we’ll have more information out online as that progresses, as we get closer.”
Down were supposed to return to the stage for some “NOLA” 25th anniversary shows this year, but their plans were derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. However, it looks like the band may still have something else planned. Kirk Windstein (also of Crowbar) told Revolver the following when asked about the possibility of new music:
“There’s actually been no talk of that. The main thing was trying to do the European festivals and Psycho Las Vegas [in Las Vegas]. Psycho Las Vegas was pushed back a year, and, obviously, the European festivals were all canceled. So I have no idea what’s in the future. We’re working on something really special here in the next few months that I’m excited about, and that’s all I can really say. I’m super excited to get together with all the guys again.”
During an interview with Revolver, Down’s Kirk Windstein (also of Crowbar) talked a bit about the band’s upcoming “NOLA” 25th anniversary shows. He also confirmed that the band will perform at this year’s Psycho Las Vegas and that they are planning a show in New Orleans.
Windstein said the following:
“We’re gonna do some festivals in Europe and Psycho Las Vegas and of course a New Orleans show.”
He also added that the band will strictly remain a side project:
“…Down is back to what it started out as, which is a 100 percent complete side project. Everyone’s other bands are the priority and that’s that. I had a great talk with Phil the other day — he doesn’t even have a cell phone — but I talked with him for about 45 minutes or an hour, and we both agree that it’s a side band. But as far as I know, anything Down does, I’m included.”
Here’s Down’s current dates:
06/17-20 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
06/20 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/19-21 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
08/14-16 Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas
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Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) has officially confirmed his return to Down. The band are planning to hit the road next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album “NOLA.”
Windstein told Revolver the following about his return:
“I’m in, 100 percent. The quote from Pepper [Keenan] was, ‘If you ain’t doing it, I ain’t doing it.’ Phil [Anselmo], Pepper and Jimmy [Bower] are my three of my oldest, closest friends, so this is a no-brainer for me.”
He also added the following when asked if this reunion is permanent:
“As far as I know, I’m back in the band. Bobby Landgraf did a fantastic job, and he’s a very good friend of mine. But once again, Down is back to what it started out as, which is a 100 percent complete side project. Everyone’s other bands are the priority and that’s that. But it’s been six and a half years since I jammed with those guys, so I’m excited. It’s gonna be fun.”
So far, Down have the following dates booked:
06/20 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/17-20 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
Down will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of “NOLA” at the 2020 Copenhell festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. That event will take place on June 17-20. This news comes after the band were recently booked for the June 20 date of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium. Notably, these will be the group’s first shows since going on hiatus in 2016 due to Phil Anselmo‘s infamous “white power” chant and Nazi salute at the 2016 Dimebash. The singer has since apologized for the incident numerous times and more recently called it an “off-color joke.”
If you saw the Graspop Metal Meeting announcement earlier today (November 12), you may have noticed that Down are on the lineup. This news is notable considering the band have been inactive since 2016 due to Phil Anselmo‘s infamous “white power” chant and Nazi salute at the 2016 Dimebash. The singer has since apologized for the incident numerous times and more recently called it an “off-color joke.” Down will perform on the June 20 date of the festival, which is set to take place in Dessel, Belgium. This news comes after Anselmo previously hinted at the possibility of the group playing some shows to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album “NOLA.“
During a recent interview with Metal Underground, Phil Anselmo offered some updates on Superjoint and Down. The singer says he doesn’t feel like doing Superjoint anymore and that Down may do some “NOLA” 25th anniversary shows next year.
Anselmo said the following:
“I don’t really feel like doing Superjoint anymore. With Down, we’ve got the 25th anniversary coming up of ‘NOLA‘ [in 2020], so I would expect to do some gigs there. But also it needs to be respected that Pepper is doing C.O.C.; Jimmy‘s really been doing a lot of Eyehategod as well; and Kirk is doing Crowbar. And that’s one thing: if we do anything for the 25th anniversary of the ‘NOLA‘ album, I want Kirk in the band. I don’t wanna interrupt anybody’s life. If we do something, it’ll be a couple of shows here and there, maybe a special thing.”
Down have been inactive for several years due to Anselmo‘s infamous “white power” chant and Nazi salute at the 2016 Dimebash. The frontman has since apologized for the incident numerous times and more recently called it an “off-color joke.”
During a new interview with Kerrang!, Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.) once again commented on his infamous “white power” chant and Nazi salute at the 2016 Dimebash. The singer is still facing some backlash from the racist outburst, which recently resulted in the cancellation of Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals’ New Zealand shows earlier this year.
Anselmo said the following about the incident:
“I feel like it’s ridiculous. I made an off-color joke and ‘Boom!’ – it’s like I’m literally Hitler! I’m not. I take each individual one at a time, in the way that any logical individual will. I have love in my heart. Over the years I’ve learned to take the first step with love and to put good faith first. I get along with everybody. If there’s any doubt about my political leanings, people should get it out of their heads.
I was raised amongst a dazzling [cast of characters] from the theatre, from the mental hospital, from all walks of life – all colors, creeds and kinds. It’s absurd to me that anyone in this day and age would judge anyone by the color of their skin, their heritage or their religion. I’m a harmless guy. I’m a reactionary, not a troublemaker.”
He also added the following when asked if he would trade success for anonymity:
“I’m a realist. What has happened has happened. What is going to happen is going to happen. What am I supposed to do about it? Am I supposed to re-live shit, or rewind time? Erase people’s memories? If you stack what I’ve done up against all the horrible things that have been done on this earth, I’d hope that I’d come pretty low on the list. I don’t have a racist bone in my body. My heroes are everybody.”