August 16th, 2002

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Pantera, Sevendust, Poison, & Others Remember Drowning Pool's Dave Williams

Pantera: "We lost a friend today. Dave Williams of Drowning Pool was found dead this morning. Our condolences go out to the Williams family and the Drowning Pool family. R.I.P Dave … You will be missed!" (Pantera's Diamond Darrell gave Williams his nickname, Stage.)

Sevendust's John Connolly: "This might be one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, so please bear with me. As close as my wife Lori and I were to Dave, it felt like we were the last two to find out. I just hadn't been checking my voicemails yesterday, but when I did, I could tell by the sound in Mike's [Luce] voice it was bad. I don't really know much about what happened exactly, but I do know that the guy it happened to was one of the sweetest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I'm not sure if there has ever been a person who was loved by so many people. Heart is not even a good enough word to describe Dave. To say he will be missed is a tremendous understatement because he was like the brother I never had. All Dave really wanted to do in this life was to be in a platinum-selling band and tour the world, but not because he wanted to be the rock star. He got to hang out with the people he considered his heroes, and in turn became one of the best frontmen I've ever seen. Please say a prayer for his family and Mike, CJ, and Stevie and anyone else who knew him like I did. Our hearts go out to all of you on the Ozzfest as well. Even though Dave would want the show to go on, I'm sure for a lot of you it's probably the last thing you want to do. Somewhere out there Dave is probably having a shot with Lynn, and he's doing his best Sebastian Bach imitation, and you know what, Lynn's got a smile on his face."

Coal Chamber's Dez Fafara: "He was one of the most kindest, gentlest, nicest people I've ever known. He will be missed by all of us that knew him, and even those that did not."

Poison's Bret Michaels: "I was devastated to hear the news. They were on their way to our show in Roanoke tonight. He was such a great singer and a great friend -- a good soul. I will really miss him."

Hatebreed: "Today we lost a friend. We would like to send out condolences to Dave's family, friends, and the rest of the guys in Drowning Pool."

Zakk Wylde/Black Label Society: "Our condolences to the Drowning Pool and Williams families."

Otep: "The band is shocked and deeply saddened by this news. Dave was a friend. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his friends, bandmates, to all of his fans. ... The world is a much darker place without him here. Dave, forgive our tears. You are missed."

Lostprophets' Mike Lewis: "We found out that Dave from Drowning Pool was found dead in his bus, which was like 40/50 yards from the pool. It was fucking harsh. I can't even begin to imagine how those guys feel, so I'm not even gonna go into it ... but I/we were stunned to say the least. Condolences go out to everyone who knew him"

Chimaira: "Dave's lyrics for the chorus of the song 'Tear Away' were far from the truth. The little time we got to spend with Dave was very memorable. It is not often a band of that size has the time, or the inclination to mingle with smaller bands like us, but Dave went out of his way to make sure we were not only taken care of, but he spent his down time hanging out with us. Dave was one of the coolest and friendliest bright stars we have ever encountered. He will be missed and never forgotten. Our hearts go out to Dave's family and the rest of the Drowning Pool camp."

Chris Vrenna, who remixed "Bodies" for XXX soundtrack: "I'm saddened by the loss of someone so young. I feel honored that I got an opportunity to work with them. My thoughts go out to his bandmates, family, and friends."
-- Kevin Raub

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Static-X ---> Newsletter

Static-X appear at Horror Convention Aug.17 in Pasadena CA at the Pasadena

Horror/comic artist Jay Fotos, plus Tripp Eisen, Tony Campos and Ken Jay of the
rock band Static-X will launch their new comic book STATIC-X: MACHINE from
Chaos! Comics at the FANGORIA Weekend of Horrors convention in Pasadena. Members
of the band, who were heard on the QUEEN OF THE DAMNED soundtrack, will be
signing autographs and giving away freebies in the dealer’s room at 1:00 p.m. on
Saturday, August 17 at the event. Come by and say hi!
For ticket info, go to (Fangoria's Weekend of

Sat. AUGUST 17 (Static-X: 1pm)

--Look for Static-X on the upcoming compilation cd "Mad Mike Jones Presents:
Motortrax 1" In stores Aug. 20th. A live version of Ministry's "Burning

--The band is currently in the studio writing and demo'ing songs for the
follow-up to last years' "Machine" album. The band is very excited with the new
material. Expect big things. More news to come!

"Blabbermouth" News.

JERRY CANTRELL: Illegal Music Downloading Is "Disgusting"

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell believes that illegal downloads are ultimately hurting, and not helping, professional musicians like himself.

"I don't really think the Internet is a great thing for music, and it certainly isn't for artists," Cantrell stated in a recent interview. "Maybe for artists that are up-and-coming or whatever that don't have a record deal to get your music out there it's great, but once you worked your whole damn life to create this business for yourself, to have people be able to buy one of your records and put it on the computer for free and everybody can just get that instead of your own record, that's revenue lost to you. And you put years and years of your life into this and that's something that's really disgusting to me. It's just a new-fangled way to get ripped off, and it seems this business is real conducive to that."

Cantrell added that he is also not a fan of unauthorized concert recordings.

"Being ripped...You can put it out however you want to, a butt-fuck is a butt-fuck, you know, and that's basically what you're getting (laughs)," the guitarist said. "It doesn't matter if whether you're lubed or not. That's basically the only difference. Sometimes you get kissed and lubed, other times you don't. You just bend over and take it. You fight back and take it back for yourself wherever you can, you know?"
Is he gay or something... ? *lol*

SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR: I'm Not A Guy Who Screams All The Time

In an interview published in the current issue of Britain's Kerrang! magazine (dated August 17, 2002), SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor admits that he has not spoken to his bandmates in several months and reveals that he has received very little feedback from the rest of the group on his STONE SOUR project.

"I haven't talked to [the other guys in SLIPKNOT] in awhile," Corey says. "They've been doing their own thing, I've been so busy with [STONE SOUR]. I've talked to [SLIPKNOT drummer] Joey [Jordison] a couple of times. He's having a good time in the MURDERDOLLS. I feel that if they can't be happy with the fact that I'm happy right now [doing STONE SOUR], then why are we doing it in the first place, you know?!

"[SLIPKNOT percussionist The Clown] said some shit about me and Joey about how we'd better realize that it's all fun and good to do this side-project shit," Taylor continues. "Which pissed me off, because STONE SOUR is not a side project, it's an actual band. He said that if our side-projects get in the way of SLIPKNOT that we're going to have to answer to him� This is coming from a guy who hasn't called me in six months."

"I just want to prove a point [with STONE SOUR]. That I'm not just a guy who screams all the time. That I can do other stuff besides SLIPKNOT. And that if you put your fucking mind to it, you can do anything. I couldn't do a song like 'Bother' in SLIPKNOT. It just wouldn't fit in, and it wouldn't be right."

"I'm much more comfortable with myself now than I was five years ago, much more committed and willing to do anything I can to make my dreams come true. Before, being in Des Moines, you could only go so far. With SLIPKNOT, I've seen the world, and I've seen what can happen when you apply yourself and when you work your ass off, and you give something to people that's worthwhile.

"If you sit on your ass, you don't get anything done. Even when SLIPKNOT get back together, because we haven't written anything for the new album yet, we're going to be starting from square one. And if they don't need me and they don't need [SLIPKNOT guitarist and STONE SOUR bandmate] Jim [Root] , fuck it, we'll go back out on the road again."
The beginning of the end for Slipknot?..

TOMMY LEE To Release New Single, Continue Touring

TOMMY LEE has set "Ashamed" (featuring an appearance by DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno) as the next single from his latest solo CD, Never A Dull Moment. In other news, Lee is planning on returning to the road in October for more headlining dates. Says bassist Marty O'Brien: "We will be back in Los Angeles in 5 days.. I look forward to a break, but I only want a very short one. We will be home all through September, with the exception of flying out every weekend to play random radio festivals that whole month. In October, we should start a whole new leg of the tour (I hope)."

THE RAMONES Tribute Album: New Release Date, Final Track Listing Revealed

The much-anticipated tribute album to THE RAMONES, entitled We're A Happy Family, has been pushed back to a tentative November 5th release through DV8/Columbia Records.

The complete track listing (in correct sequence) for the CD is as follows:

01. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS � "Havana Affair"
02. ROB ZOMBIE - "Blitzkrieg Bop"
03. EDDIE VEDDER w/ZEKE - "I Believe In Miracles"
04. METALLICA - "53rd & 3rd"
05. U2 - "Beat On The Brat"
06. KISS - "Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio?"
07. MARILYN MANSON - "KKK Took My Baby Away"
08. GARBAGE - "I Just Want To Have Something To Do"
09. GREEN DAY - "Outsider"
10. PRETENDERS - "Something To Believe In"
11. RANCID - "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker"
12. PETE YORN - "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend"
13. THE OFFSPRING - "I Wanna Be Sedated"
14. ROONEY - "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow"
15. TOM WAITS - "Return of Jackie & Judy"
16. EDDIE VEDDER w/ZEKE - "Daytime Dilemma (Dangers Of Love)"*

*Limited edition bonus track on all initial pressings

DAVE WILLIAMS Autopsy "Inconclusive"

An autopsy conducted Thursday morning on the body of deceased DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams proved inconclusive, according to a Prince William County police spokesperson. A cause of death is expected to be determined from toxicology tests, which generally take four to six weeks.

A public service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday at the Plano Center, 200 East Spring Creek Parkway in Plano, Texas.

Flowers can be sent care of:

Turrentine-Jackson Morrow
Hwy 75 at Exit 38
McKinney, TX 75069

Anything other than flowers can be sent to:

Dave Williams
P.O. Box 1007
McKinney, TX 75070
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