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Below is our complete Droid 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.

Droid Parts Ways With Vocalist

Droid singer James Eason has announced that he has left the band and is currently exploring other projects in the music world. He commented on his departure:

“I have spent the last 10+ years in the band Droid so this is no easy decision for me. To make it simple the past 10 years in Droid have had their great and memorable moments and their not so memorable moments. I have chosen to move on in positive direction... This being said, my # 1 Priority has and always will be to make music and give 100% commitment of myself to my music. Music is my #1 priority and always has been...I stand strong in my commitment. My #1 regret is that the Droid fans have had to wait soooooooooooooo long for a 2nd record, and then receive this news. Where ever I end up I promise to make up for their super long wait. You can count on that, I will always stay true to my word…

"I am looking for musicians who are driven, focused and hungry - these are the kinds of musicians I am looking for to play with as of now… Any interested musicians or bands please feel free to contact me; I can be reached at droidmetal@yahoo.com.”

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Droid Confirmed For Halos N' Horns Fest

In addition to Korn being confirmed, Droid, the Long Beach, California metal band signed to Munky's label, Emotional Syphon Recordings, has been added to the bill of California's Halos N' Horns Fest.

Once again, here are the show details:

October 30th 2009
Hails & Horns Fest
Orange County Fairgrounds Event Center
Costa Mesa, CA
Doors: 2pm
Show Time: 5pm
Droid : 7.45pm
Korn: 9pm
All Ages

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Droid Working On New Material

Heavy hitters Droid begin writing their next record and plan to return to the studio in early 2009 with a new CD release following shortly after.

Until then, a free MP3 download is available on the band’s new website located here. Fans must register to the website to receive the new MP3 titled “Condemn the Weak.” The free MP3 is an unreleased track from the band and is being given away to celebrate the New Year with fans.

The group’s new website is a social networking website where users can communicate with the band and other DROID fans. The site features a chat room, profiles, forum, groups, and more.

James Eason, vocalist of Droid, states: “Happy New Year Droid fans! We have some exciting things going on in the DROID camp right now. We are writing music for our next record and are very excited with the direction things are going in. The new music will be heavier and more technical than ever without losing that DROID groove. Also, check out the new website and register a profile. The band will be doing online chats and regular updates with the progress of the new record and other DROID related news. Don’t forget to download our unreleased track called ‘Condemn the Weak’ for free! We want to thank all of the DROID fans for their support and want you to know we are working hard to get back out on the road and give you the best DROID record we can create.”

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Droid Returns From Tour To Work On New Album

Driod has returned from the road and their latest round of touring with Otep and will now begin working on material for their next album. Here's an update from the band:

"Whats up DROID ARMY troops, we are now back in the L.B.C. and want to take a minute to thank everyone who came out on the OTEP tour to support DROID and also those of you who have discovered DROID for the first time during the tour. We hope to see you all again after we finish writing and recording our 2nd record !!! We appreciate you all and had a blast out on the road with OTEP. THANKS again OTEP for bringing us out with you guys !!! Since we are home now and are going to be spending most of our time in the studio working on new music, we do have a couple of shows coming up in LOS ANGELES for our southern california fans and friends who didnt get a chance to see us durring the OTEP tour. We will be playing AUGUST 26TH at the WHISKY A GOGO in HOLLYWOOD with SAN DIEGO'S "MOWER" and also will be returning to HOLLYWOOD'S KEY CLUB on SEPTEMBER 4TH with our new friends from "OTEP" !!! All the info for these shows are listed in the upcoming shows section on our myspace page. So come down and RAGE with us !!!"

Again, those live dates are:

Aug 26 2008 8:00P - WHISKY A GOGO W/MOWER HOLLYWOOD, California
Sep 4 2008 8:00P - KEY CLUB W/OTEP HOLLYWOOD, California

And here is Droid's video of 'Vengence Is Mine" featuring Chino Moreno from the Deftones: More...

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Otep To Headline New West Coast Tour Dates

KOCH Records recording artist OTEP is set to bring its searing live show on the road once again. Headlining new west coast dates on the Circus of Democracy tour to promote "The Ascension," the band’s latest album. OTEP will release a new live DVD in early 2009, which will be filmed on select dates on this leg of the tour.

Otep Shamaya is making a name for herself outside of music, as not only a singer, but also activist, actress, and writer. She has filmed segments for several top-rated TV shows, including HBO’s DEF POETRY, Bravo’s DATE MY EX and most recently TLC’s hit show L.A. Ink.

Shamaya also finds time to be a vocal and committed activist for such causes as Equal Rights, Victims Rights, Darfur, Hurricane Katrina, Myanmar, Rock The Vote, PETA, RAINN, and All Shapes & Sizes.

The confirmed west coast tour dates for OTEP with special guests DROID (Emotional Syphon Recordings) and KOCH Recording artists ANEW REVOLUTION: More...

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Shadows Fall Brings A Variety of Metal To Jaxx

I was happy to hear just a week before this show that Shadows Fall's tour was hitting Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia on April 13, 2008. I had already resigned to missing the tour, which featured a great lineup with Droid, Arsis, The Showdown, and Kataklysm as support, because the Baltimore date was the day before Ministry's final stop in my area, and I'm just too old for back-to-back shows! The April 13 show worked out perfectly, as I really wanted to catch this tour. The show was also on a weekend and I had not been to Jaxx in quite a while, not that I needed so many reasons to go to this show. More...

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Droid Checks In From Shadows Fall Tour

Droid have posted the following tour report:

"Whats up Droidz, the SHADOWS FALL tour was off the hook, we have returned home from a 3 day drive from Maryland to Long Beach, CA.

"Droid will be returning to the studio this week to begin writing new music for our 2nd release on Emotional Syphon Recordings. We hope to have our 2nd CD recorded by the begining of 2009.

"Droid will continue to tour the US on and off for the remainder of the year so don't count us out on playing your home town yet!!!

"The tour with Shadows Fall, KATAKLYSM, ARSIS and THE SHOWDOWN was a great chance for us to meet a lot of new friends, between the bands and the new people that we were able to perform for. Also we were able to have the chance to hang out with many friends and fans from the past!!!

"Soon as we have our next tour confirmed we will have it posted right away. Thanks to all of you who came out and supported us on this tour and thanks to Shadows Fall for bringing us out with them, they were a great band to share the stage with and were really good to us!!!"

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Kataklysm To Support Shadows Fall On Tour

Northern hyper-blasters, KATAKLYSM, have just been confirmed as direct support to SHADOWS FALL this April! Also appearing on the tour are THE SHOWDOWN, ARSIS and DROID. Lead singer Maurizio Iacono had this to say about the bands hectic schedule in support of their upcoming release, “Prevail”:

"Well I guess our break time is over. Today we will be having a listening session of our new album ‘Prevail’ for the media and our friends in Hollywood, then we fly off to Australia for our first ever tour there! We are planning a massive touring campaign centered around the new album. On our return from Australia we will prepare for a two week run with SHADOWS FALL. It will be cool to tour with those guys again since it’s been a while since we’ve played together. We are also working on a Canadian headlining tour for the end of May with our good friends INTO ETERNITY. As many of you already know as well we will be on the ‘Summer Slaughter Tour’ this June/July. So in true KATAKLYSM road warrior tradition we have set ourselves up for something like 60 to 70 shows from a April to July!

"We will be premiering some new songs on our MySpace next month and we’re thinking of playing two new tracks on the SHADOWS FALL run! We are very proud of ‘Prevail’ and the comments from those who’ve heard it so far have been OUTSTANDING! We can’t wait to see all you crazy fucks out there in the pit with fists in the air! See you soon!”

Here are the confirmed tour dates with Shadows Fall: More...

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Ekotren To Film "Tranquilized" Video

"Light The Fire", the new album by Florida metalcore band EKOTREN, was released today (February 19) in North America via Blind Prophecy Records. The first single, "Tranquilized", has been tearing across the airwaves, earning titles as Most Added Band on FMQB and #4 on CMJ's Loud Rock charts.

EKOTREN is slated to shoot a video for "Tranquilized" with David Brodsky (My Good Eye), who has directed clips for some of the hottest up-and-coming names in metal, including STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, SUICIDE SILENCE, and THE RED CHORD. The video will be filmed on February 25, on a rare day off during the band's national tour with ILL NINO, in New Jersey and is tentatively set for a March premiere.

EKOTREN will be on tour with ILL NINO and DROID until March 2 and will celebrate its homecoming with a CD-release party on March 8 at Club Ricochet in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Droid Announce More Tour Dates

More dates were just announced for DROID on the Guerilla Carnival Tour with Ill Nino. The tours line up has been changed as well. The shows will no longer see support coming from Bury Your Dead or Soil, both of whom had to unfortunately drop off the tour. The band Ekotren have been added in their place.

James “Buddy” Eason lead singer of Droid had this to say, “We are really excited to get back out on the road and the ILL NINO guys are good friends of ours so it will be great to see them rip it up every night. I really like the fact that all the bands on this tour are a little different than each other musically. This diverse package will give fans an exciting show from beginning to end. Get ready DROID fans...here comes the pain!!!!”

DROID with Ill Nino, Bobaflex, and Ekotren on The Guerilla Carnival Tour:

1/31 – Cleveland, OH - Agora
2/01 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
2/02 – Mokena, IL – Pearl Room
2/04 – Minneapolis, MN – The Rock
2/06 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
2/07 – Farmington, NM – Gator’s
2/12 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
2/13 – Odessa, TX – Dos Amigos
2/14 – Abilene, TX – Midnite Rodeo
2/15 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
2/16 – Fort Worth, TX – Ridglea Theater
2/21 – Louisville, KY – Headliner’s
2/22 – Springfield, VA - Jaxx

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Korn Guitarist Claims He Has Special Announcement

KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer has issued the following update:

"2007 was great for me and Emotional Syphon Recordings [Munky's record label]. We released two kick-ass albums from very different bands, DROID and MONSTER IN THE MACHINE.

"Both albums are special for me.

"I started ESR because I felt like there was a void in the music industry. I aimed to fill that by promoting more great music. I wanted to give these artists a channel to be heard. These records are completely untouched by industry politics and trends. They come from the respective musicians' hearts. They also are the beginning of ESR! I'd been wanting to start a label for a very long time, and now it's up and running! We're on the right track...

"Last year was also fantastic for KORN. We released a great new album and toured the whole world with SLIPKNOT drum legend Joey Jordison behind the kit. I had a great time playing all of those shows and meeting fans at the ESR booth. I'm looking forward to going back out and playing some more killer shows for all of you.

"Last year definitely had some cool highlights, however, 2008 is already shaping up to be even better. KORN is about to embark on a huge tour of Europe and the UK. We've got Ray Luzier of ARMY OF ANYONE filling in on the drums, and we have a lot of surprises planned. We'll be busting out some classic tracks as well as newer stuff from the 'Untitled' record. So if you're in Europe or the UK, don't miss these shows! It's going to be a very memorable run for all of us.

"I'm also very stoked with ESR's progress. We're building the label even more, and both DROID and MONSTER IN THE MACHINE will be on tour all year.

"For those of you that caught DROID on Family Values 2007 or MONSTER IN THE MACHINE out with TEAM SLEEP, you know how killer these bands are live! Do not miss them on tour this year. Also be sure to say 'hi' to the guys after the shows or at their merch booths. ESR is a family, and we consider the fans a big part of that family. We want to meet and talk to all of you! This is going to be a big year for the label and both of these kick-ass bands!

"Before I hit the road, I wanted to let everyone in on a little secret. I have a big surprise announcement coming very, very soon. It's something I'm extremely passionate about, and I have a feeling everyone is going to love it. Be sure to keep checking this page, because this announcement is going to be big…"

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Ill Nino, Droid And More Announce Tour Dates

ILL NINO will embark on the "Guerrilla Carnival Tour" at the end of January. Support will come from BOBAFLEX, DROID and EKOTREN. The tour begins on Thursday, January 31 in Cleveland, Ohio and ends on Saturday, March 1. The trek will cover 27 cities across the U.S., including the East Coast, Midwest, West Coast, and the South.

Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Jan. 31 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, Ohio
Feb. 01 - Harpo's - Detroit, Michigan
Feb. 02 - Pearl Room - Mokena, Illinois
Feb. 04 - The Rock - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Feb. 07 - Gator's - Farmington, New Mexico
Feb. 14 - Midnite Rodeo - Abilene, Texas
Feb. 15 - Scout Bar - Houston, Texas
Feb. 16 - Ridglea Theatre - Ft. Worth, Texas
Feb. 21 – Headliner's - Louisville, Kentucky
Feb. 22 - Jaxx - Springfield, Virginia

ILL NINO's new album, "Enigma", has had its release date pushed back from the previously announced January 8.

Check out "Enigma" audio samples at www.myspace.com/illnino.

ILL NINO's last release was the "The Undercover Sessions" EP, which came out in November 2006 through Cement Shoes. The CD was comprised of three of ILL NINO's favorite cover songs from bands they loved growing up as fans, and two brand new songs — all overseen by legendary producer Andy Johns (LED ZEPPELIN, VAN HALEN, OZZY OSBOURNE), Dave Chavarri and Eddie Wohl (ANTHRAX, 36 CRAZYFISTS, MACHINE HEAD). The EP was the band's first release through Cement Shoes following their split with the Roadrunner label.

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Droid Guitarist Speaks Out On Korn Scuffle

Contrary to the rumors that DROID has left KORN's Bitch! We Have A Problem tour, the Long Beach, California-based band continues to destroy the stage, and DROID guitarist Jamie Teissere has broken his silence to clear the air about rumors of his group being sent home.

"The rumors are not true," says Jamie. "We are on our way to Tucson, Arizona as we speak and will continue until the end of the tour."

KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer got into a scuffle with Teissere last week at a stop in Little Rock, Arkansas on the Bitch! We Have A Problem tour. According to several reports, Shaffer was apparently drunk when the incident occurred and has taken "total responsibility" for the fight. KORN singer Jonathan Davis told The Pulse of Radio that Shaffer spoke about it himself the next night on stage. "That's how it all came out," he said. "He's all, 'Last night I got really drunk and one of my best friends kicked my ass and I deserved it, and that's why they're not here tonight, and that's that.' He just wanted to get it, so...everything's cool now." More...

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Korn Singer Discusses Guitarist Beatdown And More

The Pulse of Radio reports: KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer got into a scuffle with an unnamed member of the band DROID last week at a stop in Little Rock, Arkansas on KORN's Bitch! We Have A Problem tour. According to several reports, Shaffer was apparently drunk when the incident occurred and has taken "total responsibility" for the fight. KORN singer Jonathan Davis told The Pulse of Radio that Shaffer spoke about it himself the next night on stage. "That's how it all came out," he said. "He's all, 'Last night I got really drunk and one of my best friends kicked my ass and I deserved it, and that's why they're not here tonight, and that's that.' [DROID initially exited the tour but has since rejoined — Ed.] He just wanted to get it, so...everything's cool now."

Contrary to published reports, Shaffer did not require stitches. A photo of him passed out on the floor after the fight briefly surfaced online, but has since disappeared.

DROID is signed to Shaffer's label, Emotional Syphon Recordings, and released its self-titled debut album earlier this year. Shaffer recently said that he and DROID guitarist Jamie Teissere have been "friends for a long time."

Meanwhile, Davis plans to hit the road for his first-ever solo tour shortly after KORN's current trek ends on October 28. Davis revealed that he'll have a keyboard player, percussionist, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist on the road with him. He told The Pulse of Radio that fans should expect a mix of KORN tunes and rare material, like the songs he did for the movie "Queen of the Damned". "It's all acoustic, and I'm gonna be playing a couple of KORN hits, and the rest of the KORN songs I'll be playing are gonna be, like, 'Kick The P.A.', which is off the 'Spawn' soundtrack, playing 'Last Legal Drug', which is a B-side off (KORN's 2005 album) 'See You on the Other Side'. And then I've got all the 'Queen of the Damned' material I'm gonna be playing, and I'm also gonna be playing some covers. I'm doing 'Love on the Rocks', which I did for 'Wonderland', and stuff like that. So it's gonna be a real good show."

Davis will begin his solo tour on November 9 in Hartford, Connecticut.

KORN will head out on a European tour in January of 2008.

In other news, KORN touring guitarist Clint Lowery abruptly left the band's tour over the weekend due to what was described as a "family emergency." Lowery wrote online, "Everything's fine — just had to get home. Hated to leave. Love all the KORN guys and had a blast with them." Lowery, who also plays in DARK NEW DAY, was replaced on the trek by Shane Gibson, who will accompany Davis on his solo run.

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Watch Droid's 'Fueled By Hate' Video Online

DROID's video for the song "Fueled by Hate" can be viewed here (courtesy of Headbanger's Blog). (NOTE: Video stream is not available to non-U.S. residents.)

DROID vocalist James "Buddy" Eason spoke to Ruin magazine earlier in the year about the Long Beach, California band's debut album on Emotional Syphon Recordings, James "Munky" Shaffer of KORN's new record label.

"I always heard Chino Moreno's scream from '7 Words' in our song 'Vengeance Is Mine'," Eason exclaimed about his band's collaboration with the iconic DEFTONES frontman. "I couldn't believe it when he was there. It was game time, man. Just get in there, wrap the mic chord around your hand and rock this shit together. The second it happened I was like, 'Oh shit, it's happening.' I couldn't even believe it. It was like, 'Wow, I just did a song with Chino.' I love and respect his vocals so much. Dude, even if I didn't know who he was, I knew I wanted that guy to sing with me one time in my life. I pictured it. I would talk shit to him, and he'd talk shit back to me, and the whole song he delivered that scream. The contrast between the both of us is just sick. I love it!" More...

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Korn Guitarist "Knocked Out" By Droid Member?

Long Beach, California band DROID has reportedly left the KORN-headlined "Bi#%h! We Have A Problem" tour after one of its members got into a fight with KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer. However, contrary to published reports, Munky required no stitches for the injuries sustained in the altercation and he is taking "total responsibility for the fight," which was described as "a dumb, drunken stupid moment" by a source close to KORN.

DROID's self-titled debut album was released through Emotional Syphon Recordings, Munky's new record label.

In an early September 2007 message posted on his record company's MySpace page, Munky stated, "DROID is one of the reasons that I started this label. Me and Jamie from DROID have been friends for a long time. Back when KORN was living in Long Beach before we got signed, I met Jamie. He was just a kid back then, but we instantly clicked. I started giving him guitar lessons, and we became really tight. Back then we'd cruise around Long Beach, hit up local spots and just kick it. I helped him learn guitar early on, and he's become such an awesome player. He's also been with me and KORN since the beginning. He was there as a friend and supporter from before we were signed up until now. So it's awesome to be touring with him like this.

"Once Jamie played me the DROID demos for this new record, I was floored. He helped inspire me to move forward with Emotional Syphon. The day I got the paperwork to start this label, I saw DROID at the Whisky in L.A., and right after we all hit the Rainbow, and I told the band that I wanted to sign them. They were so good live, and I knew that I had to do this. I helped executive produce the album at the KORN studio in Hollywood, and we got our homey Chino from DEFTONES to sing on 'Vengeance is Mine'. The album came out fucking killer! It's one of the most honest, real and brutal metal albums that I've heard in a long time. They've stepped up with a record that I think heavy music needs right now.

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FFDP To Stay On Tour w/ Korn, HellYeah, Droid

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, who have created quite a buzz with their debut album "THE WAY OF THE FIST," will be joining the likes of Korn, HellYeah and Droid on this fall’s B#@CH! WE GOT A PROBLEM TOUR.

Expressing his gratitude to the thousands of fans that witnessed FFDP command the RedOctane "Guitar Hero" stage on this summer’s FAMILY VALUES TOUR, Vocalist Ivan Moody had this to say: “Family Values 2007 has been an experience I will never forget! ALL the bands are above and beyond amazing. Thanks to all the Knuckleheads and the bands for making this summer unforgettable.”

08/28/2007 Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Arena
08/31/2007 Marysville, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
09/01/2007 Concord, CA - Sleep Train Pavilion At Concord
09/02/2007 Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

The following tour dates have been announced:

Mon. Oct. 01 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom - On sale NOW
Tue. Oct. 02 - Merrillville, IN - Star Plaza Theater – On Sale TBD
Wed. Oct. 03 - Youngstown, OH - Chevrolet Center – On Sale TBD
Fri. Oct. 05 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Arena – On sale NOW

More tour dates to be announced.

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