DOWN — the acclaimed New Orleans band featuring CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan, drummer Jimmy Bower (EYEHATEGOD, SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist), bassist Rex Brown (ex-PANTERA), guitarist Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR), and vocalist Philip Anselmo (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA) — has confirmed rumors that it will tour North America in March as the opening act for HEAVEN AND HELL and MOTÖRHEAD. DOWN will play a total of 10 shows as part of the package and will also perform four headlining gigs on the East Coast.
The HEAVEN AND HELL / MOTÖRHEAD / DOWN tour will kick off in Vancouver, British Columbia, on March 3 and play at least seven shows across Canada, including Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. An exclusive New York City date is also planned. ***Unconfirmed*** tour dates so far are as follows:
Mar. 03 - [To Be Announced] - Vancouver, BC Mar. 22 - Air Canada Center - Toronto, ONT Mar. 25 - Bell Centre - Montreal, QUE Mar. 26 - Colisee - Quebec City, QUE
According to its official MySpace page, DOWN — the acclaimed New Orleans band featuring CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan, drummer Jimmy Bower (EYEHATEGOD, SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist), bassist Rex Brown (ex-PANTERA), guitarist Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR), and vocalist Philip Anselmo (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA) — will support HEAVEN AND HELL on the following dates:
Mar. 11 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum Mar. 13 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place Mar. 14 - Calgary, AB - Saddledome Mar. 16 - Regina, SK - Brandt Centre Mar. 18 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre Mar. 20 - Sault St. Marie, ON - Steelback Centre Mar. 22 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre Mar. 24 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre Mar. 26 - Montreal, PQ - Bell Centre Mar. 27 - Quebec City, PQ - Colisee Pepsi Arena Mar. 28 - Ottawa, ON - Civic Centre
DOWN is also expected to play four headlining gigs on the East Coast.
DOWN is currently working on the material for its third album, tentatively due later in the year. "We're doing this one the way we did our first album, when we were 19 or 20 years old," Keenan explained to Revolver magazine (web site). "So we're jamming in a room, recording on a jam box, and then throwing them on the ProTools rig and building things from there."
According to Pepper, fans should not expect to hear nu-metal or anything trendy from the forthcoming CD. "You will never hear that type of shit from us," he explained. "We're real focused on being timeless."
DOWN's new album will be the first since Anselmo underwent back surgery in November 2005. "Me and Kirk drink a little bit here and there, but Phil, Rex Brown and Jimmy are completely sober," said Keenan. "I'm running every day. Everyone's exercising. Phil had that back surgery, so he's doing a lot of core strengthening in and around his spine, and he's doing great."
DOWN's sophomore album, "Down II", was released in March 2002 on Elektra Records. The band headlined the second stage at the 2002 Ozzfest.