We all know that Rex Brown is in the dog house with Phil Anselmo, and there is some speculation that Brown may in fact be out of Down. Nothing has been made official yet, but the band is carrying on without Rex.
Down has been rehearsing for its upcoming European tour, which kicks off next week. The band also “looks like they’re gonna lay down some new tracks at the end of the month when they return from the other side of the pond,” reads an online post.
Down have been rehearsing some of their new material at Anselmo’s studio, Nodferatu’s Lair, with Crowbar bassist Patrick Bruders taking over on bass.
During a recent interview with The Delaware County Daily Times, Pepper Keenan stated that Down’s next studio release will see the band “kinda goin’ backwards now. The first record came out a long time ago, so we’re feeling that vibe and heading that way; real simple: stripped down and to the point.”
Keenan added that “Rex is not gonna be with us [on the road for the upcoming shows]. He’s got things he needs to deal with, and we gave him an ultimatum and he’s trying to work things out. We’ve got Pat from Crowbar playing bass, and he’s ass-kickin’ in the same way. He plays with his fingers — which is really cool; he’s got the whole Geezer Butler thing going on.”