Pepper Keenan Says Down Will Be “On The Backburner For A Year Or Two” While Phil Anselmo Focuses On Pantera

During a recent appearance on the “Brewtally Speaking Podcast,” Pepper Keenan confirmed that Down will be “on the backburner” while Phil Anselmo focuses on Pantera. He said the following about that:

“I know the Pantera crew, I know everybody like the back of my hand, and Phil sings in Down. On a selfish note, is it going to put Down on the backburner for a year or two? Yeah. Sure. Did they need to get this off their chests and get it out there? Yes. The kids need to hear this? Yes.”

[via The PRP]

Pantera’s Phil Anselmo Pays Tribute To Dimebag Darrell And Vinnie Paul During Down’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival Set

During Down’s September 9 set at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival in Alton, VA, Phil Anselmo dedicated “Lifer” to his late Pantera bandmates, Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. The frontman said the following:

“This next song goes out to Dimebag and Vince. I want you all to throw down. If you know these motherfucking lyrics, sing this shit with me. This is one called ‘Lifer.'”

This news comes as Pantera are preparing to return with a new lineup consisting of Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), and Charlie Benante (Anthrax).

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Joins Down Onstage At Copenhell Festival In Denmark

During Down’s June 16 set at the Copenhell festival in Denmark, the band were joined onstage by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and British musician Paul Bond. You can see footage of that below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Kirk Windstein Offers Update On Down’s Covers EP, Says The Band May Do A New Album “At Some Point”

During a recent interview with Pierre Gutiérrez of Rock Talks, Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) offered an update on Down’s upcoming covers EP. Notably, he also mentioned that the band may end up doing a new album “at some point.”

Windstein said the following about the upcoming EP:

“We have been talking about this for a long time. What’s been happening is DOWN is kind of now as it started, which was a side project. We love doing it and it’s a ton of fun and we love it — we love the band; it’s an amazing band — but everybody’s back to doing their other bands. Pepper’s [Keenan, guitar] doing C.O.C. full-time, Jimmy’s [Bower, drums] doing EYEHATEGOD, I’m doing CROWBAR, Phil’s [Anselmo, vocals] got a lot on his hands and a lot of projects, as he always did and always will.

I would love to knock out this cover-song EP. We really haven’t, to my knowledge, agreed upon the songs a hundred percent yet. Right now we’re more concerned with just being properly rehearsed for the shows that we have coming up at the end of May. And we have three festivals in Europe at the end of June that we need to be prepared for as well. So we’re kind of concentrating on that, and maybe after that we’ll see where we’re at with the cover-song EP.”

He continued when asked if they have agreed on any songs:

“We have a few that I think we all agree on, but in the end it’s really Phil’s choice. The other guys, and Phil as well, have texted each other back and forth and e-mailed each other a million different songs that we think would be good. To me, we need to just sit down and have an actual meeting and say, ‘All right, guys. What songs are we gonna do? And let’s learn ’em. And make ’em sound like DOWN.’ We don’t wanna be a cover-song band like you have on a cruise ship or something; we want to redo these songs in a DOWN style. And no disrespect to cover-song bands on a cruise ship or anywhere else… But seriously, we just need to agree on the songs and get down to work with it.

Life starts to take over as you get older. We have children, and some of us are married… Life starts to take over where it’s difficult with everyone’s schedule, like, ‘Okay, when can we all get together?’ Because this one’s got this family function going on and this one’s got this family function going on. As you get older, it does make it a little more difficult. But we just need to get in a room and talk and figure it out. And I can’t wait to do that; I think it’s gonna be great.”

He also added the following when asked if he can reveal any of the song choices:

“I’d rather not [discuss that in interviews yet] because there’s only maybe one or two that are really set in stone. Some of it’s some obscure stuff, so I would rather… When we have one hundred percent agreement on all the guys as to what we’re gonna do, then maybe in interviews we’ll talk about it.”

He went on to say one track might be a KISS cover:

“Pepper threw one out that I love, so you never know. Once again, it’s really up to Phil in the end, what he feels is great for his voice and what KISS song, if we did, would we do. I mean, we have one in mind, but can we make it sound like DOWN? Maybe so. It’s gotta sound like we wrote it; it’s gotta sound like us.”

Windstein also had the following to say about a possible new album:

“That’s another thing that needs to be discussed at some point. To me, it would almost be easier to just everybody write riffs and get together than try to decide on which cover songs to do. I’m sure that we’ll get around to it at some point. We’re not getting any younger and it’s something that we enjoy and I think that the fans would love it as well. So I’m sure at some point we’ll get around to it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Down Confirm 2022 Touring Schedule

Down have confirmed their touring schedule for this year. The band will be playing the following shows:

05/19 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville
05/20 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
05/22 Dallas, TX – Amplified
06/16 Cophagen, DEN – Copenhell
06/18 Dessel, BEL – Graspop
06/19 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
09/09 Alton, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Fest

Kirk Windstein Offers Update On Down’s Upcoming Covers EP

During a recent interview with Ghost Cult, Kirk Windstein offered an update on Down’s new covers EP. According to him, the group “just need to get [their] butts in a room together and pick the shit out and Down it up a little bit.”

Windstein said the following:

“A lot of people have been asking about that yet; that’s true. We just need to get our butts in a room together and pick the shit out and DOWN it up a little bit, so to speak. But that’s the only thing in the future as of now. But it’s something.”

He also added the following when asked if Down are still planning to head out on their “NOLA” 25th anniversary tour, which was scrapped due to the pandemic:

“I sure hope so. I mean, we have [shows booked in] Dallas and I believe we have one in Atlanta, and we have [Welcome To] Rockville, we have a festival in Florida — as far as I know.

But yeah, I’m optimistic [that we will be able to do a short ‘NOLA’ anniversary tour], I get it that maybe DOWN is not in a position to do a lot of touring anymore or anything, but for god’s sake, we can at least do mainly Southeast of the United States, a bit of the Midwest — not to dick you over on the West Coast, but without going thousands of miles away — do something. But we’ll see. Right now, of course, everyone’s concern is just doing what we have booked already and hoping that that goes smoothly.”

Here’s the band’s current dates:

05/19 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville
05/20 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
05/22 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live

[via Blabbermouth]

Down To Livestream Upcoming New Orleans Show

Down will be performing at The Fillmore in New Orleans, LA on August 13 and fans that won’t be able to attend in person will be able to stream the show at home. Dave Hill will open the concert and tickets will be available on July 9 at 10:00am CT. Tickets for the livestream can be found HERE.

Down commented:

Phil Anselmo:

“It’s gonna be great to play our home town again! Always a blast!”

Pepper Keenan:

“NOLA Town Throwdown is a long time coming. Let’s do this and make it epic! Up the hammers!”

Pat Bruders:

“Through the hard times and now for the good times, this is gonna be a very special show for everyone! We’re ready to turn it up and slam it DOWN!”

Kirk Windstein:

“Playing on stage with my brothers in DOWN is always a special moment to me. We can’t wait to blow the roof off of The Fillmore! Being in NOLA takes this to a whole new level!”

Jimmy Bower:

“It’s been way too long, y’all! I can’t remember the last time we played NOLA. On Friday, August 13th we will play our hometown. A DOWN show y’all! Old friends, good times, and great tunes on a superstitious night! We’re ready to jam, are you?”

Down Planning To Record New Covers Album

It looks like Down are planning to record a new covers album. Drummer Jimmy Bower recently confirmed the news during an interview with BraveWords.

Bower said the following:

“We’re supposed to do a covers record pretty soon, that’s the next thing. We haven’t figured out exactly when we’re going to do it, or completely what songs yet… it’s just been an idea we’ve had forever. I know that’s in the works. Down was scheduled to play some festival shows last summer (2020) in Europe, and they got cancelled. I think we’re booked again this summer, but it just depends (on the COVID-19 pandemic) you know.”

He also added the following when asked which tracks the band are covering:

“There’s definitely been some weird ones that I was like, ‘Wow, that would be killer!’ It’s going to be fun to do, to put our own take on ‘em. They’re not going to sound exactly like… we’ll put the Down take on it.”

“There’s a couple we decided on doing that I would think everybody would know, but then again you never know. Some of ‘em to me, are kind of obvious, just because I’m in the band. If you’re a true Down fan, you really know what we’re influenced by; some of ‘em will be no brainers. I’m excited to get working on that, it’s going to be really fun!”

Down Share Footage From Rehearsals For “NOLA” 25th Anniversary Livestream Show

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.