DOWN Meets Italian 'Heavy Metal Monk'; Video Available

Friar Cesare Bonizzi, the 62-year-old Italian self-described "preacher-singer" who has released a couple of albums with his heavy metal band FRATELLO METALLO (Metal Brother), joined DOWN on stage during the New Orleans group's June 28, 2009 performance at the Gods Of Metal festival in Monza, Italy. According to the Italian news blog Musica Metal, "While announcing the last song of their show, [DOWN] frontman Phil Anselmo spotted at the barriers Frate Cesare, an actual monk with a long white beard, who plays in a metal band in Italy shouting lyrics about alcohol, sex, tobacco and 'metal life' in general. Anselmo was amazed by the sight and requested him to get onstage, hugged him, and kept saying it was unreal — then made a wanking off sign behind [Bonizzi's] back, causing a huge laughter in the audience."

Video footage of Bonizzi's onstage appearance during DOWN's concert can be viewed below.

Photos of DOWN's concert at the festival are available at Musica Metal.

DOWN's setlist was as follows:

01. Hail The Leaf
02. The Path
03. Lysergik Funeral Procession
04. Lifer
05. New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
06. Losing All
07. N.O.D.
08. Eyes Of The South
09. Stone The Crow
10. Bury Me In Smoke

Friar Cesare Bonizzi meets DOWN:

Reuters report on the "heavy metal monk":

Photo courtesy of Musica Metal:

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