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:

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2 YEARS SOBER OFF BOOZE ! On 10-9-16 – I walked off my bus , down the street to a tattoo joint and got these numbers tattooed on me – I quit ON THE ROAD with drinkers all around me , I did it for myself for health and the future . I felt no need for AA but get help however you can I myself didn’t need anyone else but myself as the struggle was within ! Today I celebrate being healthy , dropping almost 31 lbs and waking up feeling Amazing ! If you have a problem drinking or find yourself where I was which was drinking daily on the road which meant a life time of “ cocktail “ hours then just KNOW YOU ARE STRONG and you can do anything you put your mind to and what a fantastic change it is I do not miss the taste nor the buzz and to be honest I don’t miss the bars and the drunk people around me anymore either – make the change , watch the change inspire your life and others around you ! #BoozeSucks #2YearsOffBooze #DoItForYou #FuckYesIDidIt

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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).

Dez Fafara Launches The Oracle Management, Says DevilDriver Will Start Performing Coal Chamber Songs Live

Dez Fafara (DevilDriver, Coal Chamber) has announced that he is launching a new management company with Mark Vieira (ex-Good Fight Management/Prosthetic Records) called The Oracle Management. With Vieira on board, he was able to bring the following bands with him: 1349 (North America only), Black Tusk, The Casualties, Ringworm, Silver Snakes, Tombs, and Vattnet (formerly Vattnet Viskar). They join DevilDriver, Amigo The Devil, Wil Ridge, and Made From Stars, who are all use the company’s services as well.

Fafara said the following:

“It’s my great pleasure to welcome Mark Vieira and his roster of bands to The Oracle Management. When synergy happens, it’s often a lightning-strike moment. In my first meeting with Mark, we had an instant connection. We both had a common mission with our artists to provide total attention to every detail – whether it be as mundane as tour routing or marketing or out-of-the-box ideas that often notch an artist up overnight due to a well-executed plan of attack on multiple fronts.

We quickly formed an infrastructure from all the sources we had together which makes for a powerful combination. We get shit done and in a timely manner… that’s just the facts!”

t just made total sense joining forces with Mark. Here’s a guy who’s driven, who like me, doesn’t mind picking up the phone late at night or early in the morning and doesn’t mind working 15 hours a day to better his clients’ careers. Together we leave no stone unturned.

Get ready. This is just the beginning of The Oracle Management and where we will be taking the company into the future. There will be many more announcements coming on the horizon, including announcements

of other managers joining the team, as well as other bands joining the roster. Looking forward to the work!”

Vieira added:

“Our paths have crossed a few times over the years, but Dez and I would’ve otherwise never had the opportunity to really get to know one another. Upon sitting down and discussing ideas and our philosophies, it was pretty apparent we were on the same page. About an hour after leaving our first meeting, we were already on the phone a couple times, and everything clicked.

Dez has a unique vision of the industry from having been in two bands that were built from the ground up and both became successful worldwide. With our combined backgrounds and experiences, The Oracle Management offers something truly unique to both established and developing artists, and I am looking forward to being in on the ground floor of a growing company with other like-minded individuals who work as a team on every project.”

In other news, Fafara also told that he is going to add Coal Chamber songs into DevilDriver’s live sets:

“I will tell you this now, DevilDriver is going to start playing four Coal Chamber songs. I’m tired of waiting to play the music that made me who I was. I waited fourteen years to play ‘Loco’ again, and that’s the song that made me who I was.”

He also added that Danzig helped him come to this decision:

“…I had a late night phone call with Glenn Danzig. [He] called my house, and he told me, ‘Listen, when I left the Misfits, I played Samhain songs and Misfits songs when I was playing Danzig songs. When Rob Zombie left White Zombie, he played White Zombie songs. Why have you waited for long?”

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