DOWN Confirmed For Italy's GODS OF METAL Festival?

According to a posting at the Metal Italia web site, DOWN — the acclaimed 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) — have been confirmed for the tenth edition of Gods Of Metal festival, set to take place June 1-4 at Idroscalo in Milan, Italy. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

Thursday, June 1:

VENOM
DIMMU BORGIR
OPETH
DOWN
TESTAMENT
NEVERMORE
SATYRICON

TBA
TBA
TBA

Friday, June 2 (Italian Gods of Metal):

STRANA OFFICINA
FIRE TRAILS
EXTREMA
VISION DIVINE
NECRODEATH
DOMINE
NOVEMBRE
STORMLORD
INFERNAL POETRY
WHITE SKULL
MELLOW TOY

Saturday, June 3:

DEF LEPPARD
WHITESNAKE
MOTÖRHEAD

TBA
STRATOVARIUS
TBA
GAMMA RAY
ANGRA
SONATA ARCTICA
CRUCIFIED BARBARA

Sunday, June 4:

GUNS N' ROSES
KORN
DEFTONES
ALICE IN CHAINS
STONE SOUR

TBA
BLOODSIMPLE
TBA
TBA
BENEDICTUM

In a on January 29, 2006 interview with France's HeavyMusic.free.fr webzine, Keenan stated that DOWN have been in talks about regrouping to write and record the band's much-anticipated third full-length album. "We haven't done anything yet, but we're talking a lot about coming together again, all of us, and starting to work on stuff," Keenan is quoted as saying. "DOWN needs to come back and Phil is totally eager to sing again." Asked how Anselmo is doing after he underwent back surgery in late November, Pepper said, "He's doing very well. He has stopped taking painkillers and other fucking drugs. His eyes are clear and full of life again. You'd say he was 19 again. He's really ready to set it off. It's gonna be a great thing. We're gonna take it step by step and we'll see. We are planning to go to Europe and do a tour before even making the new album. We are planning to [go there], return to form and have some fun far away from the States. And after that, we will start writing [the new album]."

DOWN's sophomore album, "Down II", was released in March 2002 on Elektra Records. The band headlined the second stage at the 2002 Ozzfest.

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