DevilDriver Drop Off Static-X’s North American Tour, Drowning Pool & Mushroomhead Added

DevilDriver have dropped off the final leg of Static-X‘s “Wisconsin Death Trip” 20th anniversary tour due to frontman Dez Fafara needing time off to be with his wife, who is sadly battling cancer. Drowning Pool and Mushroomhead will replace the group on select, unspecified dates. Fafara commented:

“Hello everyone, My wife has been diagnosed with cancer. I will be staying home to care for her and be by her side every minute as she begins her Cancer fight with surgery and further treatments. Apologies to all but I’m sure you all understand that family comes before work. We thank you for all your well wishes at this time.”

Tour Dates:

With Dope, Wednesday 13, and Raven Black:

11/08 Austin, TX – Emo’s
11/09 Tyler, TX – Clicks
11/10 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
11/12 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theater
11/13 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
11/15 Ft. Lauderdale – Revolution
11/16 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
11/17 Destin, FL – Club LA
11/19 Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim
11/20 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
11/21 Columbus, OH – Express Live
11/22 Albany, NY – Skyloft
11/23 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom (‘Providence Metal Fest)
11/24 New York, NY – Sony Hall
11/27 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
11/28 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
11/29 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
11/30 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
12/01 Champaign, IL – The City Center
12/02 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
12/03 Green Bay, WI – Green Bay Distillery
12/04 St. Paul, MN – The Myth
12/05 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
12/06 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
12/07 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
12/08 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live

With Wednesday 13:

12/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Royal Bar
12/11 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
12/12 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
12/13 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
12/14 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
12/15 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
12/17 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
12/18 Fresno, CA – Fulton 55

DevilDriver Cancel “MegaCruise” Appearance After Dez Fafara’s Wife Is Diagnosed With Cancer

DevilDriver will no longer be taking part in the 2019 “MegaCruise.” The band dropped off the cruise after Dez Fafara’s wife/business partner, Anahstasia Fafara, was sadly diagnosed with cancer. Dez commented:

“Today my world is BLACK my wife and best friend @mrsfafara was told yesterday she has cancer . Please send positive vibes for our family while we go through this difficult time . #FuckCancer. AT THIS TIME @devildriver IS CANCELLING @themegacruise SO I can be by my wife’s side . Thank you for your understanding .”

Watch Dez Fafara’s Son Simon Join DevilDriver Onstage For “Clouds Over California”

During DevilDriver’s July 25 show at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA, the band were joined onstage by frontman Dez Fafara‘s son Simon for a performance of “Clouds Over California.” You can see footage of that below. Simon previously appeared in the video for the track, which was featured on the band’s 2007 album “The Last Kind Words.” He also has his own band called Blade.

Guitarist Neil Tiemann Discusses The Concept Behind DevilDriver’s New Double Album

During an appearance on the “BREWtally Speaking Podcast”, DevilDriver guitarist Neal Tiemann discussed the concept behind their upcoming double album. According to him, “the main idea that was coming through was the taking away of liberties and bondage of the human soul.”

Tiemann said the following:

“The way our process is, is we write all the music and then Dez will write lyrics and melodies, if any patterns and things, over it afterwards.

As we were writing we knew that we wanted, its so cliché, but we wanted to push the envelope. We want some more dynamics. We want some more clean parts, we want some of the heavier parts, and its got both, which could be polarizing, we’ll see, but I love it.

As he started writing this theme started to appealing that he….it’s mainly…I don’t know how much he wants me to talk about it… The main idea that was coming through was the taking away of liberties and bondage of the human soul.

Not politically, we’re not talking about that, but we’re talking about enslavement in history, things like this that were, and the wanting to break free of said stuff.

Nearly every song, like 20 of them, had something to do with that. It kept circling back for whatever reason for him.

He’s like well lets make it a concept, we’re already doing a double record, might as well throw another word on there we can use as buzzfeed.”

[via The PRP]

DevilDriver Cancel European Tour

DevilDriver have been forced to cancel their fall European tour. According to a press release, the cancellation was the result of “unexpected circumstances, completely out of the control of the band.”

The following was also added in the press release:

“The band would like to stress that they hate cancelling anything and in 20 years of touring the world, they have never cancelled a tour before and are certainly not a band that want to mess their fans or their promoters around. The band and the management would like to apologise to all their fans that had already bought tickets for the tour.

Those tickets can be refunded at their original point of purchase. DevilDriver promise that they will make this up to fans and promoters alike when they return to Europe in 2020 with a show bigger and better than ever before.”

DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara: “You’ll Get One Record From Us In 2020, Another Record In 2021, You’ll Get An ‘Outlaws 2’ In 2023, And Then Possibly Another Record In 2024 Or 2025”

During an interview on the “Everblack” podcast, Dez Fafara offered some release details for DevilDriver’s new albums. The band recently recorded a double album and are planning to release the first part in 2020 and the second part in 2021. On top of that, the group are also planning to release a sequel to their “Outlaws ‘Til The End” country covers album in 2023 and may even release another album in 2024 or 2025.

Fafara said the following [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“You’re gonna get a record next year — early next year — and then the following year… So you’ll get one record from us in 2020, another record in 2021, you’ll get an ‘Outlaws [‘Til The End: Vol.] 2’ in 2023, and then possibly another record in 2024 or 2025 from DEVILDRIVER. And then I’m gonna take a prolonged break that could last four or five years from there. So we’re really putting out great product right now.”

Fafara also talked about the musical direction of DevilDriver’s new material:

“Obviously, we’re not doing press on a new record right now, but what I can tell you is this: if you’re a fan of COAL CHAMBER, if you’re a fan of DEVILDRIVER, you’re gonna get both things put together. I broke all the rules with the new DEVILDRIVER record. It’s twice as heavy, it’s twice as groovy, it’s bigger hooks than I’ve ever written in my entire life. And I do believe that this double staggered release is the record of our lifetime.

I had somebody tell me yesterday that was a big fan of ‘Trust No One’, which was our record before we did the country outlaw record, that the music that they heard — because they were listening to a link at our guitar player’s house — and came back and said, ‘This sounds like almost a new band. So this is a great thing, after years of trying to actually redefine your sound. And I think that people are gonna just… you’re gonna love it, man.

I’m having a very hard time [deciding] what songs go on which record, because every one of ’em is over the top. If you can’t find a B-side, that’s a great, great thing to have happen.

If I could share it with people now — just share it online — I would, because some of the stuff, vocally, that I’m doing with this is incredible. And the music that I’ve got behind me is some of the most incredible music I’ve ever written to — ever. So to be able to say that, with the players that I’ve had in my band in the past, this is a very, very good thing for a band that’s existed since early 2000s.”

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Watch DevilDriver Cover Coal Chamber’s “Loco” Live

Dez Fafara previously teased that DevilDriver were planning to start performing songs from his previous band Coal Chamber during their live shows and they finally did just that during their June 18 set in Tempe, AZ. You can footage of the group playing “Loco” for the first time below: