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 .”

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Lamb Of God Added To Megadeth’s Megacruise

Lamb Of God have been added to Megadeth’s inaugural Megacruise. The Norwegian Jewel will set sail from Los Angeles, CA on October 13 and it will hit ports in San Diego, CA and Ensenada, Mexico before returning on October 18. Previously announced acts include: Anthrax, Testament, Queensrÿche, Suicidal Tendencies, DragonForce, Overkill, Death Angel, Corrosion Of Conformity, DevilDriver, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Doro, Armored Saint, John 5, Metal Church, Beasto Blanco, Toothgrinder, Metalachi, and Mecanix (Megadeth tribute band).

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]

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.”

Static-X Add More Dates To “Wisconsin Death Trip” 20th Anniversary Tour

Static-X have added some more dates to their “Wisconsin Death Trip” 20th anniversary tour. You can find their updated schedule below. As previously reported, a masked vocalist identified as “Xer0” (reportedly Dope’s Edsel Dope) will be filling in for the late Wayne Static on this run.

Tour Dates:

U.S. (with DevilDriver, Dope, Wednesday 13, and Raven Black):

07/25 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
07/26 Los Angeles, CA – Catch One
07/27 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

Australia (with Wednesday 13 and Dope):

08/22 Brisbane, Australia – Eaton Hill
08/23 Melbourne, Australia – Croxton
08/24 Sydney, Australia – Metro
08/26 Adelaide, Australia – The Gov
08/27 Perth, Australia – Rock Rover

Russia:

09/20 St. Petersburg, Russia – Cosmonavt Club
09/21 Moscow, Russia – Giavclub

UK (with SOiL, Wednesday 13, and Dope):

09/24 Bristol, England – SWX
09/25 Cardiff, Wales – Tramshed
09/26 London, England – Electric Ballroom
09/27 Nottingham, England – Rock City
09/28 Leeds, England – Stylus
09/29 Southampton, England – Engine Room
10/01 Newcastle, England – Northumbria Institute
10/02 Glasgow, Scotland – The Garage
10/03 Manchester, England – The Ritz
10/04 Birmingham, England – 02 Institute

Europe (with Wednesday 13, SOiL, and Dope):

10/05 Paris, France – File 7
10/06 Antwerp, Belgium – Trix Club
10/07 Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
10/09 Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
10/10 Mannheim, Germany – MS Connex
10/11 Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
10/12 Pinarella di Cervia, Italy – Rock Planet
10/13 Munich, Germany – Backstage

U.S. (with DevilDriver, 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
11/22 Albany, NY – Skyloft
11/23 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom (Providence Metal Fest)
11/24 New York, NY – Sony Hall
11/26 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
11/27 Flint, MI – Maachine 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

U.S. (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