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 (DevilDriver) Speaks Out Against The Use Of Prescription Drugs To Treat ADD/ADHD

DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara, who suffers from ADHD, has spoken out against the use of prescription drugs to treat those diagnosed with ADD and ADHD. During an interview with Ireland’s Overdrive, he said drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin are “pushing kids to the most fucking darkest place possible.”

Fafara said the following:

“Let me tell you what’s happening. ADHD and ADD are pushing kids to the point of suicide and with doctors and psychiatrists — who mostly treat it like some kind of disease — feeding people with shit like Adderall and Ritalin is pushing these kids to the most fucking darkest place possible and that is leading to manifesting suicidal thoughts, with a majority, sadly, taking their own lives.

“I treat ADD and ADHD like a fucking miracle. I can run four businesses on about five hours sleep a night and have no problem getting all my shit done because I have ADD and ADHD and people try to back that down. If you have a hyperactive dog, you don’t just chain him to a fence, you let him run around. That’s what needs to be done with people who have ADHD. They need focus, tasks and goals to achieve, and when they put their minds to something, it’s a fucking incredible force that is so powerful compared to the normal or what is considered ‘normal’ brain.

“Most parents are fucking lazy and spend most of their time listening to doctors, who are straight-up wrong when diagnosing ADD/ADHD,” Dez added. “They are saying, ‘Hey, give your kid this pill and he/she will be more focused.’ They might get more focused, but six months down the line, there is a possibility they might kill themselves.

“I’d like to see the end of all of these fucked-up drugs for good.”

He also added:

“I watched my old bass player abuse Adderall to the point that he fell apart mentally at 27, 28 years old. This just needs to stop. Marijuana is the cure for this — it’s the cure for cancer, seizures, ADHD, ADD, pain, etc. When you think about it, this is a natural plant that has all of these healing powers and instead we are being fed a man-made pharmaceutical pill that totally fucks with your brain. All the while, they are making billions of dollars and kids are dying. It’s so fucked up, man. It’s time for everyone to get together and revolt against this shady corporation bullshit and take to the streets. Enough is enough!”

DevilDriver To Reissue First Five Albums On Vinyl & Deluxe CD

DevilDriver will be reissuing their first five studio albums, “DevilDriver,” “The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand,” “The Last Kind Words,” “Pray For Villains,” and “Beast,” on CD and vinyl via Echo Label/BMG. The albums, which will be available on September 28, have been remastered by Andy Pearce and they can be purchased on limited edition colored vinyl and deluxe CD. They will include revised liner notes by Dez Fafara and the CD versions will also come with bonus tracks. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

DevilDriver Announce Fall Tour With Jinjer & Raven Black

DevilDriver have announced a fall headlining tour. Jinjer and Raven Black will serve as support.

Dez Fafara commented:

“It’ll be well over a year since we last headlined a full tour when DevilDriver returns in the fall… and on a number one metal charting record! We are bringing some special guests with us – our friends Jinjer will be joining from the Ukraine, and Raven Black as well. We have decided to do clubs in order to make sure this is a very close up and personal special event for everyone attending! Get your tickets now, this tour is going to sell out!”

Tour Dates:

10/23 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
10/25 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
10/26 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
10/27 Austin, TX – Texas Revolution Fest
10/28 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
10/30 Louisville, KY – Manchester Music Hall
10/31 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
11/01 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
11/02 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
11/04 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom (‘Providence Metal Fest‘)
11/05 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
11/06 Easton, PA – One Centre Square
11/07 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon
11/08 Harrison, OH – Blue Note
11/09 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
11/10 Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
11/11 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
11/12 Racine, WI – Route 20
11/14 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
11/16 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
11/17 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
11/18 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara Hopes To Have Metallica, Megadeth, Slipknot, Etc. Members Guest On Second Volume Of “Outlaws ‘Til The End”

DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara has taken to Twitter to throw out some names of musicians he hopes to have guest on the second volume of the band’s outlaw country covers album “Outlaws ‘Til The End.” Here’s who made his wish list: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and his daughter Electra, Metallica’s James Hetfield, Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx and X’s John Doe. Some of his followers also threw in some suggestions as well including: Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, Max Cavalera (Soulfly, etc.) and his son Richie (Incite), Clutch’s Neil Fallon, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Behemoth’s Nergal, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, HELLYEAH’s Chad Gray, and Whitechapel’s Phil Bozeman. Aside from all these, it is probably safe to assume Glenn Danzig and John 5 will make the cut, considering they were supposed to guest on the first volume, but were unable to do so.

[via Loudwire]

Dez Fafara (DevilDriver, Coal Chamber) Says Metal Bands Should Start Releasing New Albums More Frequently

Dez Fafara (DevilDriver, Coal Chamber) recently guested on “The Metal Teddy Bear Experience” for 90.3 WMSC and he offered his thoughts on the current state of metal and why he feels artists should release new albums more frequently. You can listen to the full interview and read some excerpts (transcribed by Blabbermouth) below:

Fafara said the following when asked if DevilDriver will do a 15th anniversary show or tour for their debut album:

“No, man. I don’t look at the rear-view [mirror]. That’s part and parcel to keeping yourself relevant and keeping a career going. You don’t look at the rear-view until it’s time to look at the rear-view, and right now is not the time to look into the rear-view. We’re releasing this record [‘Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. 1’). We’re in the studio right now recording 25 songs for a double record that’s gonna be a double-album concept record staggered release. So you’re gonna get a release every 15 to 18 months from DEVILDRIVER from here on out in my career. Part of the reason is that a lot of people are really saying, ‘Hey, not a lot of people are going to heavy metal shows anymore. Heavy metal’s not selling. Metal and rock are taking a big hit,’ which is true. So, if you leave a plant and you don’t water it — you water it every four years, five years, make a record every four or five years — don’t you think that plant’s gonna die? So, what I’m saying to everybody in the scene right now is if you make a record every three, four, five years, you need to kick it up, get with me, get it every 15 months to two years, start building this scene back up. All of us, all of us are responsible. So that’s what DEVILDRIVER is doing now, and I’m making a concerted effort to kick it up. I mean, I don’t know how old you are, but when I was young, I got a record a year from my favorite bands, and sometimes two records a year from KISS.”

He also added the following when asked about singles and EPs:

“No. I think singles and EPs are a total waste of time — they go completely unrecognized. You get one or two songs, three songs, [the fans] listen for a week or two and then they’re done. But for some reason, when the get a record of seven or eight songs, they live with it for a year, year and a half. It’s the craziest thing. And you can see it in sales. Bands that released EPs, you go look at sales, nobody buys them. You add five songs to that, it’s a [full-length] record, everybody buys it. Why is that? It’s a strange, strange thing happening in music right now. But I’m staying way, way from releasing singles, releasing EPs — I’m staying way away from that; that’s not where we need to go at all. Make music, right? What’s the problem? Why can’t you create eight, nine, 10, 11 songs once every 15 [to] 18 months. What is the problem? Why are bands having a hard time getting 12 songs out every three to four years? What is the deal? I can’t fathom it. I wrote two songs this morning before most people were awake. That’s what a musician does. I mean, it’s okay, man. I don’t mind stepping on everybody’s toes who’s listening to me right now because ya’ll need to kick it up. Y’all need to kick it up, we all need to help this scene, we all need to foster our scene, we all need to be part of our scene and to be part of it, you’ve gotta start kicking in, releasing records. And it’s the same thing for the newer, younger bands — they’re doing the same thing too; a record every three years. You think you’re gonna get a career out of that? Nah. That’s why so many bands are, like, ‘Oh, they came up. Oh, where’d they go?’ Well, you haven’t heard from ’em. They released a record three years later [and] no one cared. Here’s the thing: a kid goes into high school, freshman year, gets a great record, falls in love with the band, wears the t-shirt daily. Doesn’t get another record until he graduates? Don’t you think that’s ridiculous? That’s where we’re at right now, and I’m pointing the finger. And it’s time to kick it up.”

Dez Fafara Shares More Previews From DevilDriver’s “Outlaws Til’ The End” Covers Album

Dez Fafara has continued to post previews of some of the tracks featured on DevilDriver‘s outlaw country covers album “Outlaws Til’ The End: Vol. 1.“ You can check out snippets of their cover of David Allan Coe’s “The Ride” feat. Lee Ving (Fear), their cover of Richard Thompson’s “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me” feat. Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory) and their cover of Hank Williams Jr.’s “A Country Boy Can Survive” below. The album will be released on July 6.

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Featuring @bcb_eye ! #DevilDriver JULY 6

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