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?”

Coal Chamber Announce Summer 2015 Tour With Fear Factory, Jasta, Devil You Know Etc.

Coal Chamber have announced a summer headlining tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Fear Factory, Jasta (select dates), Devil You Know (select dates), Saint Ridley and Madlife.


Tour Dates:

07/24 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater Tucson (with Devil You Know)
07/25 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater (with Devil You Know)
07/26 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls (with Devil You Know)
07/28 San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall & Club (with Jasta)
07/29 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Dallas (with Jasta)
07/30 Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theater (with Jasta)
07/31 Sauget, MO – Pop’s Concert Venue (with Jasta)
08/01 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s (with Jasta)
08/02 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29 (with Jasta)
08/03 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel (with Jasta)
08/04 Columbia, SC – Music Farm Columbia (with Jasta)
08/06 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall (with Jasta)
08/08 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall (with Jasta)
08/10 London, ON – London Music Hall (with Jasta)
08/11 New York, NY – Irving Plaza (with Jasta)
08/12 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater (with Jasta)
08/15 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts (with Devil You Know)
08/16 Cleveland, OH – Agora (with Devil You Know)
08/18 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre (with Devil You Know)
08/19 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall (with Devil You Know)
08/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Grand (with Devil You Know)
08/21 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas (with Devil You Know)
08/22 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory Orange County (with Devil You Know)