unnamedThere are very few bands in the metal world that hold so much talent in one band like southern metal band Down. The band which is fronted by one of metal’s all time greats in Phil Anselmo (Pantera) and features other metal luminaries like Pepper Kennan (Corrosion Of Conformity), Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod), Patrick Bruders (Goatwhore), and newbie Bobby Landgraf have been touring lately on the Punk Rock But Kinda Not tour with their latest stop being at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, Washington. The band has been touring with the likes of King Parrot and Orange Goblin and to make things cooler they teamed up with Livenation and Yahoo Live to stream the concert at The Knitting Factory for the whole world to see. The question going into tonight was what kind of shape were the old timers going to be in and the answer is that the band was ready to rock and roll. The band kicked off their set with the classic Eyes Of The South and they never looked back as they blazed a trail through the crowd. Then the band started to roll through their catalog playing songs like We Knew Him Well, Lifer which Phil dedicated to Dimebag Darrell, and Hail The Leaf.

down 1One of my favorite moments of the night is one that plagues all rock and metal concerts worldwide. We hear all the time that bands complain about fans using their cell phones during concerts and while Down was a couple of chords into Ghosts Along The Mississippi. Phil halted the song to tell fans at the show to get off their cell phones. The show continued on and Phil used his gift of gander during the set several times to talk to the crowd like his famous, “Shut up, this ain’t no Skid Row” comment which still makes me laugh every he says it. The band played their ode to Black Sabbath in Conjure and the classic Temptation’s Wings before they headed to the back to get the crowd juiced for the encore. After the band was done playing their encores, it reminded me of how great of an experience it is to attend a concert and support your metal bands considering the times. Down is one of those shows that if you’ve never seen it, go see it at least once. I really enjoyed the show and the jam off at the end was awesome.

Set List

Eyes Of The South

We Knew Him Well



Hail To The Leaf

Pillars Of Eternity

Lysergik Funeral Procession

Ghosts Along The Mississippi

Temptations Wings


Stone The Crow

Bury Me In Smoke

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