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Down

6 p.m. Friday, September 25. Pop's, 401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.

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Down is the kind of band that would own classic-rock radio if heritage stations hadn't stopped seriously updating their playlists after the first Black Crowes album. The supergroup features Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo and members of Crowbar, Eyehategod and COC. If COC's "Stare Too Long" isn't the greatest classic-rock song of the 21st century, then Down's metal-plated Southern-rock anthem "Stone the Crow" is. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Down guitarist Pepper Keenan had a hand in both. "It belongs on the radio," Keenan says of "Crow." "If one jackass would have taken a chance and put it on the radio, it would have taken off. To this day, we play this song, and kids know every damn word. It's like playing 'Freebird' or something."

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