To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of their now-iconic debut album NOLA (Elektra Records), the band Down originally planned a tour at select venues worldwide before a global pandemic shut down the normal cadence of life as any of us ever knew it for the foreseeable future. Not to be silenced on such a momentous occasion, the guys took to the stage at a private location instead to stream The Quarter Century Throwdown as a global virtual concert. Featuring vocalist Phil Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower and Pat Bruders on bass, the event aired live with two encore performances in the days following the livestream for ticket holders.
With live in-person shows a distant memory here in 2020, many bands are turning to technology to satiate their fans’ insatiable appetite for live music. Streaming is how many are seeing their favourite bands or discovering new bands. From the comfort of your living room or TV room, in your jim-jams or favourite comfy clothes, next to the fully stocked kitchen (where water is free), and a clean bathroom, fans get to watch their favourite performers rock out.