New Orleans supergroup Down has just been announced as the opening act for May's Black Label Society Revolver Golden Gods tour, in what will likely be the spring's absolute heaviest, most crushing tour when these two mega-metal bands combine their face-shredding powers.
Tickets for the BLS-headlined tour are already on sale, with local shows scheduled for Friday, May 9 at Starland Ballroom in New Jersey and Saturday, May 10 at Best Buy Theater in Manhattan. But the addition of Philip Anselmo and his NOLA cohorts in Down instantly rockets both shows from a great concert to an absolute can't-miss. (Read my last Black Label Society review here, and my last live Down review here and my summer interview with Philip here). The matchup is also sure to fuel the never-ending rumors (some would say fantasy) of Zakk Wylde and Philip paying tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell with a Pantera song or two.
Both bands are fully capable of packing these venues on their own, so it would be prudent for all metalheads to immediately grab tickets before they start selling out. With Mr. Anselmo also doing his own solo music and touring, this may be Down's only local shows of the year so be sure that you're front and center in the pit come the second weekend in May.
The entire month of May is quickly shaping up to be a metalhead's dream, with local shows from Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, Sevendust, Volbeat, Ghost and Alice In Chains all already on sale as well. The addition of both Down and BLS ensures a rock-solid anchor and a pair of shows that are probably worth catching twice. Tickets are available while they last on AXS.com, the Internet's newest event ticketing site.
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