DOWN guitarist Pepper Keenan accidentally hit the band's frontman, Philip Anselmo, in the head with his guitar during the group's headlining performance on April 28 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The incident took place in the middle of the third song of DOWN's set, "Lifer", which Anselmo dedicated to his late PANTERA bandmate "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.
More video footage of DOWN performing "Lifer" during the New York City show can be viewed below. (Note: Anselmo's injury occurs around the 3:00 mark.)
DOWN is 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).
Brown is unable to join DOWN for the band's current shows and is being temporarily replaced by CROWBAR bassist Patrick Bruders.
In a recent interview with The Delaware County Daily Times, Pepper stated about Brown, "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."
When asked if Rex was still considered a part of DOWN, Pepper replied, "I don't know what to really say on that; he's not out of the band, but he's not playing with us live."
DOWN's three-disc (2 CD/1 DVD) release, "Diary Of A Mad Band", came out last October. It features a two-CD full concert recorded in London. The 130-minute DVD features footage documenting the 2006 return of DOWN from the practice room through the band's first European tour, and a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette entitled "Tyrades and Shananigans".
Note: The incident in question occurs around the 3:00 mark in video below
Photo below courtesy of Elliot Levin of NY Hard Rock Music Examiner
Photo below by Bryan Bardes of Bards Eye Photography