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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
Starting 5/1 and running through 6/18, Dry Kill Logic will be replacing Candiria as direct support on the upcoming Jagermeister-sponsored DrowningPool tour. Their first date is in Myrtle Beach at the House of Blues.
It seems Dry Kill Logic has also parted ways with bassist Danny Horboychuk. Here'sis Cliff's statement on that:
"And for the record, we have parted ways with Danny Horboychuk and are THRILLED to announce the addition of Casey Mahoney to the DKL family! Casey spent years in NY- based Downpore; aside from being a dominating bass player he is a tremendous guy, and we are looking forward to bringing him on the road with us to experience first-hand the power and debauchery of DKL on tour! Make sure you all take a minute and say hi to Casey at the shows".
Here are the tour dates: More...
Drowning Pool have announced dates for a spring tour. Opiate for the Masses will also be touring with Drowning Pool. Confirmed dates are as follows:
4/21/2005 - Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL
4/22/2005 - Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville, FL
4/23/2005 - Yesterdays - Destin, FL
4/24/2005 - Boomerz Boiler Room - Seminole, FL
4/25/2005 - Ricochet - Ft. Myers, FL
4/27/2005 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
4/28/2005 - Club Heat - Bradenton, FL
4/29/2005 - Floyd's Music Store - Tallahassee, FL
5/1/2005 - House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC
5/3/2005 - The Loft - Atlanta, GA
5/4/2005 - Blue Cats - Knoxville, TN
5/6/2005 - Varsity Theatre - Baton Rouge, LA
5/7/2005 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
5/8/2005 - Scoutbar - Houston, TX
5/13/2005 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
5/14/2005 - Xplex - Portland, IN
5/15/2005 - Streeters - Traverse City, MI
5/18/2005 - Machine Shop - Flint, MI
5/19/2005 - Warehouse - Springfield, IL
5/25/2005 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
5/28/2005 - Wet and Wild Waterworld - Anthony, TX
6/10/2005 - Cotillion Ballroom - Wichita, KS
6/11/2005 - Liberty Memorial Park - Kansas City, MO
DROWNING POOL's video for the track "Killin' Me" has been posted online at the group's official web site. You can check it out at this location.
"Killin' Me" comes off the group's sophomore album, "Desensitized", available now on Wind-Up Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Sinner" was produced by Johnny K (DISTURBED, SOIL, FINGER ELEVEN) and marks the group's first release with frontman Jason "Gong" Jones, who joined the band following the tragic death of Dave Williams in August 2002.
DROWNING POOL will be heading back out on the road in late April. Confirmed tour dates are as follows: More...
Drowning Pool is gearing up to head back out on the road in late April and the new video for "Killin' Me" should be available real soon. The upcoming tour dates are expected to be announced soon.
Drowning Pool has posted an MP3 of the track "Think" for download on their "Audio" page. You can also check out the Drowning Pool e-card for the new single "Killin' Me," (where you can also download a free mp3 of another Drowning Pool track "Forget," but you can also enter to win a free X-Box).
Two upcoming are:
Saturday, the12th at the Gypsy Ballroom in Dallas, TX as part of the Dallas Music Festival.
Wednesday, the 23rd, along with Disturbed, Anthrax and Soil, the Pool will be performing at a benefit concert for The Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL.
Tickets are still available for both shows so check out Drowningpool.com for more details.
Last but certainly not least, as a special tribute to two fallen heroes, check out the late Dimebag Darrell's home video tribute to his friend Dave "Stage" Williams (produced by Dime for the 2002 Drowning Pool "Sinema" DVD - requires Windows Media Player).
The next single to be released to U.S. radio by Drowning Pool will be their track 'Killin' Me', it will go for adds on February 22nd.
Within an hour of the shooting at the Alrosa Villa that left "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and four others dead, Disturbed frontman David Draiman's phone began ringing off the hook. And it didn't stop for almost 24 hours. Right then and there, he knew "Instead of dwelling on the facts of his death, we're trying to focus on the way he lived." — Disturbed's David Draiman that something had to be done to pay tribute to his slain friend.
"I started making phone calls the day after I got the news. I knew that something had to be done to honor his memory. But then I was watching TV, and I saw that his family was auctioning off a bunch of his possessions on eBay," Draiman said. "I was like 'Damn, is the situation that dire?' If it had come to that, then I also knew that we had to do something to help his loved ones out."
So Draiman decided to organize a benefit concert for the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund, which helps Abbott's family pay funeral expenses. More...
Read the full article at MTV.com.
Texas-based living-legend artist Frank Campagna was commissioned on December 13 to paint a mural of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott of PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN and Dave Williams of DROWNING POOL on the wall of the place where they used to each practice, Universal Rehearsal on upper Greenville in Dallas on Markville.
Frank is said to be an amazing artist, and his work is reportedly VERY prominent in the Deep Ellum/downtown area of Dallas. His style is unmatched and quite distinguished.
Drowning Pool will be finishing out the year tearing up the road with (hed)P.E. starting Tues. Nov 23rd. Here are the upcoming shows:
11/19/2004 - Jake's - Lubbock, TX
11/20/2004 - Sunshine Theatre - Albuquerque, NM
11/21/2004 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
11/23/2004 - Canes Bar & Grill - San Diego, CA - w/(hed)PE
11/24/2004 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA - w/(hed)PE
11/26/2004 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA - w/(hed)PE
11/27/2004 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA - w/(hed)PE
11/28/2004 - The Banker Ballroom - Fresno, CA - w/(hed)PE
11/30/2004 - WOW Hall - Eugene, OR - w/(hed)PE
12/1/2004 - The Big Easy - Spokane, WA - w/(hed)PE
12/2/2004 - The Fenix @ Pioneer Square - Seattle, WA - KISW Holiday Hangover Ball
12/3/2004 - Sabala's - Portland, OR - w/(hed)PE
12/4/2004 - The Big Easy - Boise, ID - w/(hed)PE
12/5/2004 - Lofi Cafe - Salt Lake City, UT - w/(hed)PE
12/7/200 - 432 Blue - Colorado Springs, CO - w/(hed)PE
12/9/2004 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO - w/(hed)PE
12/10/2004 - Royal Grove - Lincoln, NE - w/(hed)PE
12/11/2004 - Uptown Theatre - Kansas City, MO - w/(hed)PE
12/12/2004 - Quad City Live - Davenport, IA - w/(hed)PE
12/14/2004 - The Cotillion - Wichita, KS - w/(hed)PE
12/16/2004 - Machine Shop - Flint, MI- w/(hed)PE
12/17/2004 - Headliners - Toledo, OH - w/(hed)PE
12/18/2004 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI - w/(hed)PE
12/19/2004 - Heartland - South Bend, IN - w/(hed)PE
In other news, the band's single "Love and War" is now in the Top 20 on Rock Radio.