Rex says he’s focusing on Kill Devil Hill and won’t return to supergroup – but has he told them that?

Rex Brown

Down and out: Rex Brown

Rex Brown says he won’t return to metal supergroup Down because he’s concentrating on new band Kill Devil Hill – but it’s not clear whether he’s told his former bandmates he won’t be back.

Down, featuring fellow ex-Pantera man Phil Anselmo, Corrosion of Conformity’s Pepper Keenan and Crowbar members Kirk Windstein and Jimmy Bower, are currently touring with Crowbar bass player Pat Bruders temporarily replacing Brown.

Keenan was recently asked if Brown was still a member of the band and replied: “I don’t know what to say – we’ve given him an ultimatum.”

But it seems the bassist has rejected their move – he tells Metal Assault: “Kill Devil Hill is it. I’m not doing any Down. This is my devotion right here – there’s no side gigs or anything else that’s going on. This is what it’s going to be about for the future.”

His new band, starring former Dio and Heaven and Hell drummer Vinny Appice, played their first gig at the weekend to positive reviews, and they’re working on their debut album. It was formed with former WASP and Ratt guitarist Mark Zavon and frontman Dewey Bragg.

The outfit rose from the ashes of a Brown side-project called Arms of the Sun – the bassist invited Appice to guest on a track and the pair appear to have got on so well they abandoned other plans to create Kill Devil Hill.

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