Kirk Windstein, a founding member of heavy metal band Crowbar, has announced he will be rejoining heavy metal supergroup, Down, for the 25th anniversary tour of their debut album NOLA, according to Revolver. The current Down lineup consists of vocalist Phil Anselmo of Pantera, guitarist Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity, bassist Pat Bruders of Goatwhore, and drummer Jimmy Bower, who has worked with multiple different acts.
Windstein recently commented that, “Phil, Pepper and Jimmy are my three of my oldest, closest friends, so this is a no-brainer for me,” when asked about rejoining the band. Windstein will be replacing guitarist Bobby Landgraf of Honky, who took over for Windstein when he first broke off from Down in 2013 to concentrate fully on Crowbar, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014.
Crowbar was formed back in 1990 when Windstein and Bower teamed up to form a band in New Orleans. Although Windstein broke off to form Down in 2013 to focus solely on Crowbar in preparation for their 25th anniversary tour, Crowbar served an important purpose for advancing the style and sound for Windstein during his time with both bands. The band remains an important staple for modern American heavy metal, even with Windstein returning to Down.
Down will be celebrating their 25th anniversary of the release of their debut album, NOLA, this year. Read more about the band’s reunion here.