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Headbanging All-Stars Make Down A Full Priority

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, November 14, 2008

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Hard rockers Down know that being on the road opening for Metallica is a good career move — or, as bassist Rex Brown put it, “a way to get some new fans on board.”

But headline shows during the off days from the tour are just as necessary, he says.

“A 45-minute show, that just really gets the sweat going,” says Brown, 42. “We like playing an hour and 45 (minutes), up to two hours, anywhere up to 20 songs or so. If we can do those and do these Metallica dates at the same time, it keeps a good balance for us.”

Down has released three albums, including last year’s “Down III: Over the Under,” in the 14 years the group’s been together, but Brown says the long gaps between albums is a thing of the past. With a deluxe edition of “Down III” now at Best Buy and a documentary due out in 2009, the bassist says the quintet’s members have largely shed themselves of any other projects and plan to keep Down on the road until hitting the studio next fall.

“It’s one of our priorities now,” Brown explains. “There won’t be a bit wait again. It’s just so organic we can’t get away from the feel of the thing. This is a band we can grow old in together, which is really cool.”

Down performs Friday (Nov. 14) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit www.harposconcerttheatre.com.

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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