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 issued the following update:
"As you all are aware, DOWN was scheduled to release their movie 'Diary Of A Mad Band' [on Tuesday, March 23]. Due to recent legal issues, the release has been postponed to a later date as these issues get resolved.
"We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may have caused.
"Please be assured that a new release date will be forthcoming and will be posted immediately after it is confirmed.
"We thank you all for your loyalty and support."
Tentatively due this spring via E1 Music, "Diary of a Mad Band" will feature footage of DOWN members "tearing up Europe" — literally and figuratively — on their first European tour. This special DVD/CD collection contains over 130 minutes of live video material and a full, never-before-released concert. (Note: The CD is different from the DVD.)
Check out the cover artwork below.
DOWN bassist Rex Brown has nearly fully recuperated from his fight with pancreatitis, a sudden inflammation of the pancreas which can have severe complications and high mortality despite treatment. He said in a statement, "After two major surgeries to close out 2009, I have recovered from pancreatitis and I'm looking forward to getting back to work with DOWN."
Brown and his DOWN bandmates were scheduled to reconvene in New Orleans soon after the Saints won the Super Bowl to begin work on a new album. With a release date yet to be announced, the new CD will be the band's fourth studio offering.
Brown, who is currently looking forward to a healthy and productive 2010, said, "I'd like to thank everyone for their support and well wishes during my illness and recovery."
DOWN tapped Danny Theriot of Metairie, Louisiana to fill in on bass for the group's most recent North American trek.