Coal Chamber Members Comment On Their Return

As previously reported, Coal Chamber will be performing at the Sick New World festival in Las Vegas, NV on May 13. Now, frontman Dez Fafara, drummer Mikey Cox, bassist Nadja Peulen, and guitarist Meegs Rascón have all taken to social media to comment on their return. You can see what each of them had to say in the below posts:

Dez Fafara:

Mikey Cox:

Nadja Peulen:

Meegs Rascón:

Daughter Of Ex-Coal Chamber Bassist Rayna Foss Denies Reports Suggesting Her Mother Is Missing

Kayla Rose, the daughter of former Coal Chamber bassist Rayna Foss and Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose, has issued a statement denying recent reports suggesting that her mother was missing. Those stories were widely circulated after a WVUE FOX 8 article claimed that she went missing in September 2021.

Kayla said the following:

“To everyone that has reached out in some way and to the media that has been reporting on this: Let me set the record straight. I’ve seen all of the posts regarding that my mother Rayna has been missing since September. I have no idea where these stories are coming from. I spoke to my mother as recently as yesterday, and we have never lost contact. My grandparents have also been in contact with my mother, and we all know exactly where she is. I have a message in to the New Orleans Police Department advising them of this and am waiting for them to respond.

I’ve also seen other stories about Dez — my mother’s old singer — and a feud with my father Morgan. These are also false. My dad and Dez are friends and have been for a long time.

I’m confused where all of this started from, but it can stop now.

Hopefully there won’t be a next time, but maybe someone can check before running these stories that end up disrupting my entire family in the future.”

Kayla Rose

Ex-Coal Chamber Bassist Rayna Foss Was Reported Missing In September 2021 (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Rayna Foss’ daughter, Kayla Rose, has since issued a statement denying the reports suggesting that her mother is missing.

Original Story:

According to WVUE FOX 8, ex-Coal Chamber bassist Rayna Foss was reported missing four months ago. She was last seen by her group home manager near New Orleans, LA in September 2021, but no updates have surfaced since then. Further information was also shared on Facebook:

“MISSING: Rayna Foss, 51, was last seen by a group home manager on Sept. 7, according to NOPD. Foss is described as being 5-foot-3 and 200 pounds. There is no last known clothing description available. Anyone with additional information on Foss’ whereabouts is asked to contact NOPD Seventh District detectives at 504-658-6070.”

Dez Fafara Doesn’t Rule Out New Coal Chamber Album: “I Wouldn’t Put It Past Us”

While answering fan questions for a new issue of Metal Hammer, DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara was asked about the possibility of a new Coal Chamber album. The frontman responded with the following:

“I’m not gonna say yes or no. I’m not gonna say no, because we’ve all spoken. The main thing for me is that the relationship is all good after numerous fallouts in the beginning and after sone stuff went horribly wrong when we got back together to release [2015 comeback album] ‘Rivals’. The vibe in that camp is very cool at the moment, and we all have each other’s backs. I wouldn’t put it past us, but right now I’m definitely concentrating on DEVILDRIVER.”

Dez Fafara: “Coal Chamber’s Not Coming Back”

Dez Fafara has shot down the possibility of another Coal Chamber reunion once again during an interview on KCAL 96.7’s “Wired In The Empire” radio show. The fontman says the reason he decided to start performing the band’s tracks with DevilDriver is because they are “not coming back.”

Fafara said the following when asked about performing Coal Chamber songs with DevilDriver:

“[On this first tour, we’re playing] ‘Loco’ and ‘Fiend’, and on the next tour, you’re gonna hear a few more. I’ve kept those things separate for so many years, man. It’s just time for me to embrace everything that I’ve done.”

“COAL CHAMBER’s not coming back. It is what it is. And I’m not gonna wait another 15-20 years to sing the songs that gave me gold records and allowed me a career. And I say it every night, ‘Look, this song gave me gold records on my walls and you people out here gave me a career. Thank you for both of them. Let’s get loco.'”

He also added that his current band are bringing these songs to a new level:

“When you hear ’em done by DEVILDRIVER, it’s a whole new world. Two guitars and double kick — it’s incredible.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Coal Chamber Members Reunite In New Photo

Coal Chamber frontman Dez Fafara, guitarist Miguel “Meegs” Rascón, and bassist Nadja Peulen recently reunited in Los Angeles. You can check out a photo Fafara shared of the three hanging out below. Coal Chamber previously reunited in 2011 and went on to release their latest album “Rivals” in 2015. However, they haven’t been active since completing the touring cycle for the effort and Fafara has even gone as far as saying the band will probably never return.

[via Blabbermouth]

DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara Is “2 Years Sober Off Booze”

Dez Fafara (DevilDriver, Coal Chamber) has revealed that he has been free of alcohol for two years. He shared the below Instagram post regarding that:

Dez Fafara Explains Why Coal Chamber Will Most Likely Never Return

After Coal Chamber broke up in 2003, they reunited in 2011 and went on to release their latest album “Rivals” in 2015. Ever since the group completed the touring cycle for the effort, Dez Fafara (DevilDriver) has said the band will probably never return again. Now, during an appearance on the Scars And Guitars podcast, he gave a more detailed explanation as to why.

Fafara said the following:

“If you’re a band just starting out, you need to hear me. Do not start a band with partners — ever. ‘Cause I can’t go do Coal Chamber right now unless I get others involved. And I’m the one that came up with the name, I’m the one that started the band, I’m the one that took the ads out for players, and in the end, my dream, the thing I started, because it’s with partners, I can’t go out and fucking do it…”

“So let me tell you what’s happening. I finally… And this is a conversation that could actually last hours, but we’ll make it real fucking short. Most guys—Danzig, Rob Zombie—when they leave their bands, they play their songs. Rob was doing White Zombie Songs the day he fucking exited. I didn’t do that to my fans. I was, like, ‘I’m not gonna do that to you,’ because I held out hope that it would come back together.

It did — 13 years later, it did. I waited 13 years to play ‘Loco‘ and the songs that made me who I am, that gave me a gold record, that supported my family. I waited 13 years to find out that they can’t continue, that they can’t go on, that they’re all still fucked up and in the same headspace.

So now, what’s happening is I’ve finally… I said to myself and to my wife, everyone around me, I’m burying it. No, it is not coming back. The minute I step on stage with DevilDriver and do Coal Chamber songs, it’s never coming back. I told Meegs that. I told Mike that. I said, ‘So you’d better get ahold of me.’ What they said was, ‘Call the lawyer.’ Well, go fuck you, dude! How about that? So that’s where it’s at right now.

When you’re dealing with people that are partners, that suffer from mental illness — literally — you can’t get shit done. And so, no. DevilDriver is… I don’t know if it’s this year or the beginning of next year, but we’ve already begun rehearsing six Coal Chamber songs with full production; I’m bringing the balls to the table.

And once I do that, even putting on a bit of Coal Chamber for myself on stage, there’s gonna be no going back. Because once people hear this, and we’ve had some of the people hear this at the rehearsal studios, and they all said the same thing: ‘Oh, dude, these songs played by this band are the way these songs should have been done.’ They’re not half assed; they’re fucking ferociously on point.

And now, me playing these songs with these guys, too, has made me feel reinvigorated. I mean, wait till you hear ‘Loco‘ with two guitars and double bass played on point, spot-on. You’ll lose your mind. So there’s the answer for that.”

“I wish I could be the person that would say, ‘Oh, it’s definitely gonna come back,’ and give the fans some hope and all this other shit. But I’m just a fucking realist, right? And life is short. One of the reasons I took the last year off is I buried two of my best friends from high school in the last two years.

And I realized, ‘You know what? Life is short. I’m gonna come off the road for a while. I’m gonna spend some time with family. I’m gonna re-evaluate,’ and everything else. And part of that re-evaluation was the Coal Chamber scenario. Because we have a record deal on the table, we have all sorts of stuff that could move forward.

I reached out and said, ‘What’s going on?’ And it was, like, my drummer said, ‘I’d rather build houses,’ and my guitar player, Meegs, would rather live with his parents. So, fuck it! I’m doing DevilDriver, and I’m doing Coal Chamber songs. And when I bring them, you guys are gonna shit!”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dez Fafara Says Coal Chamber Is Probably “Done Forever”

Dez Fafara was recently interviewed by Kaaos TV and was asked about the status of Coal Chamber. According to him, the band is probably “done forever.”

Fafara said the following:

“I waited thirteen years for the band that I started to get back together. And after releasing a record that was critically acclaimed and touring around the world and having fantastic shows, it was obvious to me that I don’t wanna do that with those people.

I don’t wanna say any personal stuff about them, but it’s just not working. I wish it did—for the fans, for myself, for the music—but it’s… there’s some things that need to be worked on. And it needs to be a hundred and ten percent, or I’m not gonna take it out on the road.”

He added:

“When I left Coal Chamber, I thought it was done forever. Thirteen years later, we did a record. Right now, it’s done, and I think it’s done forever. That’s just… that’s my take on things.”

He went on to say that his decision to lay Coal Chamber to rest has nothing to do with DevilDriver or any other projects:

“That has nothing to do with it—nothing to do with it at all. If everything is fine in that other camp, with Coal Chamber, if they are all good and it’s a hundred and ten percent, they can call me. If they get stuck on the side of the freeway at three in the morning, they can call me; I will come. But with the music, it has to be a hundred and ten percent with any band that I am with. And in the end, with those tours, it was not a hundred and ten percent. And I don’t wanna take it on tour unless it’s a hundred and ten percent.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dez Fafara On Coal Chamber: “I Don’t Think We’re Gonna Tour Ever Again”

It looks like you shouldn’t expect to see Coal Chamber to do anything in the near future. Frontman Dez Fafara recently spoke with Full Metal Jackie and said he “[doesn’t] think [they’re] gonna tour ever again together” and that they’re “probably never going to make music together again”

(Image from Coal Chamber's Facebook)

Here’s his full statement:

“At the end of that stint [‘Rivals’ touring cycle], I realized I don’t think we’re gonna tour ever again together and probably never going to make music together again. So, now do I just put those songs down for the rest of my life, the songs that I wrote? The songs that made me? The songs that people want to hear? No. I go do them, much like I’m doing the country thing, I do them how I’ve always heard them, which is two guitars, double bass kick drum. I’m hearing those songs even heavier and tighter than they are.

So it made me embrace it and say, “I’m not gonna run from this anymore.” So will we do it every tour? Probably not. There’s going to be select shows, select place where we’ll do three or four Coal Chamber songs. They’ve got to be the right ones. But once you hear “Loco” with two guitars and double kick and you hear it tight, you’re going to understand why I’m doing it.”

In other news, he also confirmed that Chuck Billy (Testament) will guest on DevilDriver‘s upcoming outlaw country covers album “Outlaws Till The End.“ He said the following about that release::

“…So look, we were shooting for the end of this year at fall time. That’s when we were just going to go in and do a cover record, outlaw country tunes, done our way, the way I always hear them, heavy as hell.

But then I thought maybe two or three guests with me, some really close friends. And what I did was I put the word out to about 30 and now almost 25 of them came back and said, “Yeah, we’re in.” So this thing has been incredible.

This weekend alone I had Randy Blythe over from Lamb Of God playing “Whiskey River” and “Ghost Riders In The Sky” with John Carter Cash on that song with me. We did it at the Cascade in Memphis. Next week I’ve got Chuck Billy coming down to the house, so he’s been incredible and I cannot wait for people to hear this.”

Other guest confirmed for that release include: Danzig, Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), John 5 (Rob Zombie), and Lee Ving (Fear).