DOWN's Flames Of Wrath Caught On Tape

A fire that erupted from a stage monitor during DOWN's set in Mansfield, Massachusetts last week was filmed and audio recorded by Thom Panunzio and the Record Plant Mobile team, who were taping the July 16-17 Ozzfest 2002 shows for Ozzfest 2002: The Live Album, due out on CD via Columbia Records next month.

DOWN singer/guitarist Pepper Keenan (who also fronts CORROSION OF CONFORMITY), remembers the incident. "Technical crap. Shit blew up, everything blew up. It was on fire, but it doesn't matter. We shoot from the heart. We're about the music. If shit blows that just happens." Frontman Philip Anselmo added: "It just happened and that's the way that fuckin' goes."

The Ozzfest web site will reportedly post a video clip next week of all the crew and fire officials "scrambling for their lives" trying to douse the fire, which occurred on the second stage.

There is no word at this time as to when or if a full-length Ozzfest 2002 video collection will be made available.

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