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Below is our complete Drowning Pool news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
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.
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here
MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the Best Metal Videos of the New Millennium (so far) picked by you. So put your pedal to the metal and vote for your favorite video here. Then, catch the two-hour premiere Saturday, August 21 at 10 PM during Headbanger’s Ball, on MTV2. Plus check out the final list in the October issue of Revolver.
Videos you can vote for: More...
"Love & War" has been chosen as the new single off Drowning Pool's sophomore album 'Desensitized', and it'll hit the airwaves later this month. You can preview the single and the entire album at Drowningpool.com. The band is currently touring with Flaw and labelmate Atomship, on the West-coast leg at the moment.
Here are the remaining tour dates: More...
For the second time this year, Drowning Pool has been turned away while trying to enter Canada. The band was scheduled to play a July 30th show at Toronto's Opera House, but was denied entrance to the country when their tour bus attempted to cross the border. Bassist Stevie Benton told Blabbermouth.net that the band members feel like "troublemakers who aren't invited to the big party. It's hard to shake a bad reputation."
That bad reputation prevented the band from playing Canadian shows this past May, marking its first time being prevented access into the country. Back then, drummer Mike Luce told Launch that he took responsibility for the problem: "I had had, myself back in the past, a DWI (driving while intoxicated), so I had to get that taken care of and once it was finally done, it was all good. Here in America, you know, for whatever reason, that's considered a misdemeanor, but there, it's a felony, and once it was all finally figured out, then we were like, okay, we were able to take care of what it was and put everything back on track."
The tracklisting for the forthcoming Headbangers Ball Vol. II, which will be making it's way onto store shelves in late September: More...
In an interview with Electricbasement.com, DROWNING POOL vocalist JASON JONES derided Wal-Mart for its insistance on a censored cover and music of their recent release Desensitized, "...the record is actually censored too, but you can't make a kid go ride 85 miles on his fuckin' bicycle to go and buy a record. It sucks that they censor it and everything, but at least it's in there. I just don't understand how you can get DVDs there of people dyin' and fuckin' but the record gets censored. It just shows you that those FCC guys are a bunch of cockheads."
However, he admits the band has a weakness for the retail super store, "Yeah, but we love Wal-Mart, and we shop there all of the time. (laughs)"
Read the full article at Electric Basement.
The new Drowning Pool CD, 'Desensitized' hits stores April 20th, but fans can pre-order the CD now, get the CD delivered on the release date, and get a free Drowning Pool t-shirt. Check it out here.
Here's the track listing for the unedited version of 'Desensitized':
2. Step Up
4. This Life
6. Bringing Me Down
7. Love and War
9. Cast Me Aside
10. Killin' Me
HATEBREED have pulled out of the first two dates of the "Headbanger's Ball Tour" — also featuring DAMAGEPLAN, DROWNING POOL and UNEARTH — following the death of their manager Steve Richards (as reported yesterday). HATEBREED's official message on the matter reads as follows:
"This past Sunday, March 21st, we all lost a very special person, a visionary and a true music guy, Steve Richards, our manager, the founder of No Name Worldwide. He was many things to many people, a soul mate, mentor, leader, confidante, brother, and son. His spirit will continue to inspire the ones he blessed with his amazing passion he had for living life.
"We would not be where we are today if it wasn't for Steve. He helped us when no one else would and we loved him like a brother. May he Rest In Peace.
"Due to this horrible loss, HATEBREED has postponed their appearance on the IMX Show and the first two shows of the 'Headbangers Ball Tour'. HATEBREED will now start the tour this Saturday March. 27th in Winston-Salem, NC."
NOTE: HATEBREED's cancellation will *NOT* affect DAMAGEPLAN, DROWNING POOL and UNEARTH's participation in the first two "Headbanger's Ball Tour" dates.