Paul Hebert

Down coming to Southern California

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Supergroup Heavy Metal band DOWN, featuring vocalist/songwriter Phil Anselmo of Pantera, guitarist Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity, second guitarist Kirk Windstein of Crowbar, bassist Rex Brown of Pantera and drummer Jimmy Bower of Eyehategod, is set to perform two shows in Southern California. Joining them is grunge legends The Melvins. Tickets are on sale now.

DOWN formed in 1991 and made a three track demo for underground trading asking heavy metal fans if they have “heard of this band DOWN” without telling the person that they were in the band. Eventually, the tape was distributed throughout the United States and DOWN played a small concert in its hometown where a record executive from Elektra Records was present and signed them to a recording contract.

DOWN’s debut album NOLA was released in 1995 and debuted in the Billboard 200, the album has been certified platinum with Allmusic giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars, praising the songs “Temptations Wings”, “Stone the Crow”, and “Bury Me in Smoke”. In 2002, DOWN came back from hiatus with Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow which debuted Top 50 on the Billboard 200. They then toured with Ozzfest in 2002 and again entered an indefinite hiatus to focus on their respective bands.

Newly signed to Warner Bros. Records, DOWN reformed in 2006 and released Down III: Over the Under in 2007. Down III covered many subjects such as the breakup of Pantera, the murder of ex-Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell and Anselmo’s recovery from back surgery and drug addiction. Debuting at #26 on the Billboard 200, the album was released in September of 2007 to positive reviews. Decibel Magazine stated “For almost an hour, it’s like the metal world was set right again.”

In February DOWN announced it will tour the USA making a stop at The Wiltern on August 15th and in March DOWN posted a statement saying they will be back in the studio in October recording what will eventually become Down IV.

Joining the bill is the legendary Melvins (The). With over 25 years and over 25 albums, The Melvins are considered the godfathers of grunge and in July of 2008 released their new album Nude With Boots.

Catch both bands at one of two Southern California show. The tour will play at The Wiltern on Saturday Aug. 15 an the House of Blues in Anaheim on Tues. Aug 18. Tickets on sale now at www.livenation.com

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