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Drowning Pool Plan Second USO Tour

Drowning Pool will take part in their second USO tour with performances for troops stationed in the Persian Gulf and Germany. The band also played for troops in Kuwait in October 2005.

Drowning Pool have been in the studio demoing new material for its' upcoming album to be released on a to be determined label.

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Drowning Pool Set To Head Back Into Studio

Dallas, Texas-based band DROWNING POOL has posted the following message on its official web site:

"Well, our tour is over, and god was it amazing. We got an unreal response from the crowds. Thanks to everyone who came out and partied with us. We will see you again soon.

"So what's next for DROWNING POOL? Well, we have a lot of new material written so it's time to hammer out the kinks and head into the studio to finish this baby and get it on the shelves, so look forward to that as the next step from DROWNING POOL."

DROWNING POOL recently parted ways with Wind-Up Records after releasing two albums through the label, each featuring a different lead singer: 2001's "Sinner" and 2004's "Desensitized".

DROWNING POOL's original vocalist, Dave Williams, was found dead on the band's tour bus in August of 2002 while the group was on the road with that summer's Ozzfest. An autopsy revealed that Williams died from cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease for which he was never diagnosed. His successor, Jason "Gong" Jones, lasted less than two years before he left the band and was replaced by former SOIL frontman Ryan McCombs.

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SOAD, Korn, Others Don't Mind Music In Viral Video

MTV.com has written an interesting piece on Viral Videos and talked to a number of band members about their music's use in these indie videos:

Just as Vietnam was called the first TV war, the current conflict in Iraq could be remembered as the first viral-video war.

Viral video, the buzz word of the last few months (especially with marketers), is the term used to describe Internet videos like the "Star Wars" kid, "Brokeback to the Future" and "MySpace: The Movie" that have become phenomena thanks to e-mail and Web sites like YouTube.com and iFilm. But while those were clearly created to get a good laugh, there's a far different viral-video campaign blossoming that centers on American soldiers in the Middle East.

Essentially, troops are using affordable cameras and laptops to shoot and edit videos that chronicle their experience in and out of combat. And since most are set to modern rock music and feature the sort of quick cuts and stylistic shots often associated with MTV, the effect is like watching a music video.

"Wow this is cool — it's better than the real video," Staind singer Aaron Lewis said as he screened a video of "So Far Away" that juxtaposes frightening explosions with scenes of soldiers jokingly Saran-wrapping another troop to his bunk. "It's just crazy to see the footage of them right there in the middle of it, doing it all."

"I have seen ones where you can see people blowing up and all that kind of stuff," said Korn singer Jonathan Davis, whose music has been used by the video-makers. "But even the tame ones serve a purpose. They put faces on the people out there doing it, they're in the barracks and stuff, which is good."

"It is truly an indie media, from soldiers who are the ones who really know what's going on," said Tom Morello after screening a video that uses Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name." "It's not being filtered through some corporate-owned news service or whatever. So I think that their insights to what's happening there are important ones, being set to music that they like."

And not just music they like, but aggressive, political music that reflects the subject matter.

"The intense nature of the song really adds more emotion to the video," said Chris Wentzel, a civilian who used soldiers' footage he found online to make a clip for Drowning Pool's "Bodies." "If music wasn't used in the videos it would kind of take away from the video as far as emotion."

After Davis screened a clip that uses Korn's "Dead Bodies Everywhere," he knew exactly what the filmmaker was going for.

"It's a video of them killing people, so there's going to be dead bodies everywhere, which totally gives it a new meaning," Davis said of the song, which he wrote about working at a coroner's office before Korn formed. "I remember working at the funeral home, and you had to [inject humor] or you would have gone crazy from all the death being around you. And I think this is a way for them to do that, where they get their laptops and get their camera, 'Oh, check out my video.' It's like a way for them to deal with what they're doing. 'Cause they're killing people, man — I don't care who you are or what it is, it's still killing people and it's still got to be taxing on your mind."

And for that reason, Davis is supportive of the viral videos, even though they are made without permission from the bands and are therefore technically illegal.

"I don't know what the record company is going to say about that, but what's it hurting?" Davis said. "It's reality. People hear stuff from me all the time, they don't get to see that; they just see the powder-coated stuff. But if you really saw what's going on over there, you could see something different."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Drowning Pool To Play All New Material

On Friday, July 21st Drowning Pool is going to showcase ALL their new songs at the Curtain Club in Dallas. The Curtain Club is rather small and the sound can’t be beat and happens to be the club where Drowning Pool got their start and is an all time favorite. This show will be listed in the paper under the name "Drunken Fools."

Here are the details:

Drunken Fools (aka Drowning Pool)
Friday, July 21
Curtain Club in Deep Ellum
2800 Main St.
Doors at 8:30
Also performing: Downlo, In Vain, Suicide Hook

Tickets are only $16.66 for ages 17 and up (under 21 will be charged $3 extra at the door--club policy). You can get tickets via Frontgate Tickets here.

If you plan to travel for this show, here are some hotel suggestions in the area:

Holiday Inn Aristocrat (800)469-6130
Magnolia (214) 915-6500
La Quinta (214) 821-4220
Days Inn (214) 827-6080
Adam’s Mark (214) 922-8000

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Latest Silent Civilian, Drowning Pool Tour Dates

Silent Civilian, Drowning Pool, Twin Method, and Stereoside are touring the US this sumer. Here are the latest (remaining) tour dates:

6/16 - South Bend, IN - Club Fever
6/18 - Dallas, TX - Edgefest - (3:30 set time)
6/20 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
6/21 - Lubbock, TX - Jake's
6/22 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
6/23 - Denver, CO - Ecks Saloon
6/24 - Lincoln, NE - Knickerbocker's
6/25 - Topeka, KS - Static Bar
6/27 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
6/28 - Charlotte, NC - Amos
6/29 - Jacksonville, NC - Planet Rock
6/30 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
7/1 - Fayetville, NC - Jester's
7/3 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
7/6 - Boston, MA - Goodtime Emporium
7/7 - Manchester, NH - Mark's
7/8 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
7/9 - Orono, ME - Ushaia
7/11 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
7/12 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
7/13 - Baltimore, MD - Club Mate
7/14 - Rochester, NY - Water Street
7/15 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
7/16 - Pataskala, OH - Frontier Ranch (Juggalo Gathering)
7/22 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont

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Drowning Pool Part w/ Wind-Up, Announce Tour

DROWNING POOL have parted ways with their label, Wind-Up Records. Despite this move, ex-SOiL vocalist Ryan McCombs and co. will be touring next month with SILENT CIVILIAN, TWIN METHOD, and STEREOSIDE:

June 13 - Springfield, MO @ Remmington's
June 14 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre'sJune 15 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
June 16 - South Bend, IN @ Club Fever
June 18 - Dallas, TX @ Pizza Hut Park
June 28 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos
June 29 - Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
June 30 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
July 1 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jester's
July 3 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 6 - Boston, MA @ Goodtime Emporium
July 7 - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Showplace
July 8 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
July 13 - Baltimore, MD @ Club Mate
July 15 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop

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Drowning Pool Texas Tour Dates

Drowning Pool is heading back on the road for some upcoming shows throughout Texas. They start it up on Tuesday, April 4th in Beaumont. Here are the tour dates:

4/4 - Cactus Canyon - Beaumont, TX
4/5 - Club Alazan - Waco, TX
4/6 - Hero's - Killeen, TX
4/7 - Scout Bar - Clear Lake, TX
4/8 - Alamodome - San Antonio, TX
4/22 - Lonestar Amphitheatre - Lubbock, TX

As previously reported, DROWNING POOL recruited former SOIL frontman Ryan McCombs late last year to replace their previous (second) vocalist, Jason "Gong" Jones (now in A.M. CONSPIRACY), who left the band in June 2005. The group are expected to enter the studio this spring to begin recording their third album, tentatively due later in the year.

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Video of Drowning Pool Playing "Cowboys From Hell"

High-quality videos of DROWNING POOL performing a cover of PANTERA's "Cowboys from Hell" and their hit single "Bodies" on January 14 at the Camp Stanley Gym in Uijongbu, South Korea have been posted online. Check them out:

DROWNING POOL recently recruited former SOIL frontman Ryan McCombs to replace their last vocalist, Jason "Gong" Jones (now in A.M. CONSPIRACY), who left the band in June 2005. The group are expected to enter the studio this spring to begin recording their third album, tentatively due later in the year.

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Drowning Pool Tour Dates and New Photos

Drowning Pool have announced a few new tour dates. Here they are:

11/25/05 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
12/8/05 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
12/9/05 - Pierre's - Ft. Wayne, IN
12/10/05 - 3rd Street Live - Cedar Rapids, IA
12/11/05 - Machine Shop - Flint, MI
12/12/05 - Planet Rock - Battle Creek, MI
12/14/05 - Cell Block - Mobile, AL
12/15/05 - Heroes R&R Club - Harker Heights, TX
12/16/05 - Bayfront Park - Miami, FL w/ Korn
12/17/05 - Freeman Coliseum - San Antonio, TX w/ Korn, Mudvayne, Sevendust, 10 Years
12/18/05 - Nokia Live - Grand Prairie, TX w/ Korn, Mudvayne, Sevendust

Check out the tour section on Drowningpool.com for more info on the upcoming dates and new photos from the band's visit to The Persian Gulf and Alaska.

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Drowning Pool Recording, Issue Update

Drowning Pool drummer Mike Luce has issued the following update on the band's current activities: "As you may or may not know, Drowning Pool is hard at work here in Dallas putting together the 'demos' for the next record — THE RECORD!

"In case you're not privy to the process of 'demo-ing'... please, allow me. 'Demoing' is the process in which the band is rehearsing and putting together new music and recording said new material by a number of means. We hope you are understanding in that we want this to be our defining record! We, by no means, are dragging ass! But we are sure to take our time with each and every song! We enter a local Dallas/Denton studio, track new songs, then send copies of our new babies to the record label. By doing this you are able to keep all parties involved (in the album-making process) in the loop as to where the band/songs are musically. That being said, the band then is informed as to when they can expect to release a record."

"All this being equal... we are expecting to be knee-deep in 'the new sh**' by January 2006!! If that remains... I would hope to have the record on shelves anytime from early spring/mid-summer 2006! If all this seems like a long time... it is. But rest assured that if you grow too impatient to wait for the record, you can always come check out a show. We ARE playing new sh** at the shows. Playing the songs live and getting your reaction and input is another important part in the whole process of writing new songs and then demoing it for the record. Of course all views herein are strictly that of the drummer and all other parties hold no responsibility or involvement in my opinions or actions!"

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Drowning Pool To Rock The Persian Gulf

DROWNING POOL will be shipping off to the Persian Gulf at the end of October to rock for the troops. Immediately following their Persian Gulf excursion, they will be doing a couple of one-off shows. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Nov. 05 - National Orange Show - San Bernardino, CA (w/ NONPOINT, THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT, WU-TANG CLAN)
Nov. 09 - Sullivan Arena - Anchorage, AK (Alaska Fighting Championship)

DROWNING POOL recently recruited former SOIL frontman Ryan McCombs to replace their last vocalist, Jason "Gong" Jones (now in A.M. CONSPIRACY), who left the band in early June. The group are expected to enter the studio in early 2006 to begin recording their third album, tentatively due next spring/summer via Wind-Up Records.

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Rockpile Fest Postponed Until October

The Rockpile Festival, which was set to take place at the Palace in Saugus, Massachusetts on August 27th, has been postponed until October 15th. More information TBA.

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New Drowning Pool Singer: I Will Make You Proud

DROWNING POOL have posted a message on their official web site confirming that they have recruited former SOIL frontman Ryan McCombs to replace their last vocalist, Jason "Gong" Jones, who left the band in early June.

Commented Ryan in a statement: "When I walked away from music to be with my family nearly a year ago, my wife told me that if I ever got the chance to do it again with good people like [DROWNING POOL's] CJ, Stevie and Mike she would want me to do it. She could always hear in my voice the love and respect that I have for them by the way I would speak of them. Those close to me have wished for a long time that I would get the opportunity to once again do what I love to do — create music, with people I love being around and in an environment that I could stand to breathe in. DROWNING POOL has given me this opportunity and for them, their fans, Jo and Charlie Williams, and, of course, their son Mr. Dave 'STAGE' Williams, I will do everything and anything I can to make you proud of the name you all worked so hard to build.

"Thanks for the confidence and the acceptance that has been shown already. As soon as I can get through 'Tear Away' without watering up like a little bitch, I'll be ready to rip some shit up out there with y'all..."

Recently on Soil's Web site, bassist Tim King vilified McCombs, saying he will "be singing the very songs he hailed as 'average,' " and capped off his tirade with "Drowning Pool can have him. Now we have the better singer [in A.J. Cavalier] and the better band."

The revamped DROWNING POOL will be making a one-off appearance at this year's Ozzfest on August 25 at the Smirnoff Music Center in Dallas, Texas. The band will perform on the main stage in front of their hometown crowd in what promises to be the group's debut live appearance with McCombs.

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AM Conspiracy - Jason "Gong" Jones New Project

Jason 'Gong' Jones, formerly of DROWNING POOL, has uploaded a new track titled 'Absence' to his new band's MySpace account. The group, dubbed AM CONSPIRACY, is based out of Florida, and is a personal creation of Gong's after his departure from DROWNING POOL.

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Ex-Atheist Singer: Reponse to Reissue Is Bananas

Former NEUROTICA/ATHEIST and current BIG MACHINE frontman has issued the following update:

"Response to the ATHEIST catalog being reissued is bananas!!! I wish to thank everyone for all the great letters and support on these. Relapse has done an incredible job on this package, it must be seen to be appreciated. The sound's been remastered on all of the records, new liner notes from numerous industry folk. It's just amazing. It hits the streets in September. Visit www.relapse.com to pre-order the limited-edition vinyl box set. There are only 1,000 they are going fast at 35 bucks! The three-disc set will be available individually as well through Relapse in September.

"I will be producing the upcoming recording session with Steve Flynn's [ex-ATHEIST drummer] new band GNOSTIC for my company, Starrfactory Records. This will mark the return of one of metal's sickest players. Steve Flynn has not recorded since his work on the now legendary 1991 'Unquestionable Presence' album from ATHEIST (being reissued September 13). Steve is in top form and this demo is gonna set the bar that much higher in the drumming world at minimum. The other players are strong and I think people will be really suprised by what they hear. We plan on shopping the demo. Interested parties contact starrfactory@verizon.net for info on the band etc.

"Also I have gone live with www.kellyshaefer.com. It is still developing, but right now it has info and music from all my bands — ATHEIST, NEUROTICA, UNHEARD, BIG MACHINE — plus you can check out the tunes I did with VELVET REVOLVER, and my DROWNING POOL auditions as well. Artwork, lyrics, press, pics, a blog and my complete Ozzfest diary from the NEUROTICA tour in 2002!

"And I am proud to report that I am gonna be a papa!! Me and my fiancee Jesika are expecting a girl our first! Skye Lilly Shaefer will debut live at Sarasota Memorial Hospital on November 26th.

"What a difference a year makes.

"And one last thing: In about two weeks, the brand new official ATHEIST website will be launching www.officialatheist.com and it will be chock-full of goodies for all you ATHEIST fans."

In other news, BIG MACHINE will be making their New York City live debut on August 3 at CBGB. Also appearing will be New Jersey's RANA.

BIG MACHINE recently spent time tracking new material at Florida's Southern Sound Studios with former ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND engineer Bud Snyder. Doug Kaye is producing. The songs that were recorded are: "Love Erosion", "Falling", "Shadow on the Wall" and "I Heard the Thunder". All tracks were written by AC/DC's Brian Johnson and BIG MACHINE guitarist Doug Kaye.

BIG MACHINE is:

Kelly Shaefer (ATHEIST, NEUROTICA) - Vocals
Doug Kaye - Guitar
Donny Jaurols (E3, SERAPHINE, UNHEARD) - Guitar
Joe Scibilia (LAST GREAT HOPE) - Bass
Jeff Klosterman (JULLIET) – Drums

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Drowning Pool Announce Official Vocalist

Through sources close to the band, that former SOiL frontman Ryan McCombs is officially DROWNING POOL's new lead singer. McCombs will be "unveiled" on August 25 on the main-stage of OZZFEST 2005 in Dallas, Texas, a city where he has recently been spotted spending a lot of time. The band will perform a full set at the Smirnoff Music Centre.

In other news, DROWNING POOL's second (and now former) lead singer, Jason 'Gong' Jones, is actively involved in the recording process with his new band AM CONSPIRACY in Orlando, Florida, and a re-energized SOiL, with their new leadman AJ Cavalier, have posted up their first video for the song 'Give it Up' online - it can be viewed at either SOiLMusic

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Drowning Pool To Perform At Ozzfest In Dallas, TX

According to DROWNING POOL's web site, the band will be making a one-off appearance at this year's Ozzfest on August 25 at the Smirnoff Music Center in Dallas, Texas. The band will perform on the main stage in front of their hometown crowd in what promises to be the group's debut live appearance with their new singer, whose identity has yet to be revealed.

DROWNING POOL in June officially confirmed the departure of vocalist Jason "Gong" Jones less than two years after officially bringing him into the band. Jones has since teamed up with ex-STILL NAIVE guitarist Rob Dehaven and CANVAS members Clint Campbell (guitars and voice), Dean Andrews (drums) and Kenny Harrleson (bass) in the newly christened Orlando, Florida rock band A.M. CONSPIRACY.

Manager Paul Bassman told Launch Radio Networks that while DROWNING POOL was "very proud" of the album the band made with Jones, 2004's "Desensitized", the relationship with the vocalist "just didn't work out."

Bassman said the new singer was "really good" and someone the band had wanted when they first set out to replace original vocalist Dave Williams nearly two years ago (one rumored candidate is said to be former SOIL frontman Ryan McCombs).

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Manager Says Drowning Pool has New Singer Lined Up

DROWNING POOL have officially confirmed the departure of vocalist Jason "Gong" Jones less than two years after officially bringing him into the band (as first reported here yesterday). Jones apparently exited the group over the weekend, forcing the cancellation of a June 12 hometown show in Dallas, Texas. DROWNING POOL bassist Stevie Benton wrote in an online posting, "I'm sorry to all of you who were coming out to the Dallas show. It sucked to have to cancel on the hometown but it's for the best."

Manager Paul Bassman told Launch Radio Networks that while DROWNING POOL was "very proud" of the album the band made with Jones, 2004's "Desensitized", the relationship with the vocalist "just didn't work out." Bassman added that DROWNING POOL already has another frontman lined up, with the announcement of his name coming shortly.

Bassman said the new singer was "really good" and someone the band had wanted when they first set out to replace original vocalist Dave Williams nearly two years ago.

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Drowning Pool Part Ways w/ Second Singer

Texas-based metallers DROWNING POOL have parted ways with singer Jason "Gong" Jones. Jones apparently announced his decision to leave the band on the eve of the group's scheduled appearance in their hometown of Dallas on Sunday, June 12, resulting in the show's cancellation.

Jones officially joined DROWNING POOL in 2003 following the death of previous frontman Dave Williams. Jason went on to sing on the band's sophomore album, "Desensitized", which was released in April 2004 via Wind-Up Records, and spent most of the last year touring with the group in support of the CD.

A relative unknown, Gong had previously auditioned for the then-vacant singer slot in SEPULTURA during the Brazilian band's vocalist search in 1997 and was briefly a member of CHOP SHOP, the short-lived Los Angeles group led by ex-MANHOLE guitarist Scott Ueda. Prior to joining DROWNING POOL, Jones was linked with a project formed by ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares (with whom he recorded a three-song demo) and was believed to be involved with FIVE-O-CLOCK, a short-lived group featuring former AMEN guitarist Sonny Mayo, ex-WHITE ZOMBIE drummer Ivan De Prume and bassist Stevo Bruno.

The 30-year-old Williams was found dead on the DROWNING POOL tour bus on August 14, 2002 while the band were touring as part of the U.S. Ozzfest. An inquest into the singer's death in September 2002 concluded that the vocalist died from cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease for which he was never diagnosed. No traces of drugs were found in Williams' system, finally dispelling widespread speculation about the cause of his death.

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Drowning Pool Plan To Write After Tour

Drowning Pool is heading into the final stretch of their tour with Dry Kill Logic and Opiate for the Masses. Afterward, the band will be going in to hiding to write for the new record. Here's a list of the remaining dates:

5/25/2005 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
5/26/2005 - Rockwell - Springfield, MO
5/27/2005 - The Live Room - Abilene, TX
5/28/2005 - Wet and Wild Waterworld - El Paso, TX
5/29/2005Window Rock Sports Center - Window Rock, AZ
6/1/2005 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
6/2/2005 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
6/3/2005 - The New Reflections - Victorville, CA
6/4/2005 - Boardwalk - Sacramento, CA
6/5/2005 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
6/7/2005 - The Big Easy - Boise, ID
6/8/2005 - Lo-Fi Cafe - Salt Lake City, UT
6/9/2005 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
6/10/2005 - Cotillion Ballroom - Wichita, KS
6/11/2005 - Liberty Memorial Park - Kansas City, MO
6/12/2005 - The Granada Theater - Dallas, TX

Dallas will be the final stop on the Desensitized tour and tickets go on sale this Friday, May 27, at 10am.

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