Coal Chamber

Dez Fafara Says Latest Coal Chamber Reunion Came About During His Near-Death Experience With COVID-19


Gold-certified spookycore/nü-metal outfit Coal Chamber haven’t hit the stage since 2015, and at one point, it seemed like they never would again. While vocalist Dez Fafara had previously stated that it was unlikely the band would ever reunite, it would appear that Fafara‘s near brush with death amid an alarmingly serious case of COVID-19 brought the group back together.

Speaking recently with Radioactive With Mike Z (see below), Fafara recalled how the Coal Chamber‘s latest reunion came about:

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“Unbelievable turn of events. That actually happened… I was on my way out from COVID. And my wife called [the other members of Coal Chamber] and said, ‘Hey, you guys may wanna text Dez or call Dez ’cause I don’t know if he’s gonna make it through the night. He’s telling me where he wants to be buried and not to sell his ’78 Cadillac.’

So they started to call me, they started to text me, and over a period of six, seven, eight months, we didn’t talk any business at all. And we realized that, you know, why are we not playing shows? Those guys are totally different people than when we broke up. I have always been the same — I’ve just been solid as a rock; and I told them, ‘I’m solid as a rock. If I come out of this, I would love to do at least one show with you guys.’ And that’s how this all started — very organically.”

He later added:

“I’m very excited for the Sick New World fest and to see what we’re gonna do. There’s a lot of tours that have been offered. But we’re gonna take it slow and we’re gonna do what’s appropriate for the brand and for the band and especially the fans that have been with us for so long.”

When asked about the potential of new material, Fafara offered:

“I’ve had e-mail after e-mail after e-mail with offer after offer after offer, and it’s really just up to the camp to what we’re gonna do. As of right now, we have these few festivals. There’s an amphitheater tour that’s offered to us in June or July. We’re not sure what’s gonna be happening. We will see. And only the future time will tell. But we’re gonna do what’s best for us and for the fans.”

At the moment, the band’s current live shows include:

05/13 Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Festival Grounds (‘Sick New World‘)
07/14 Mansfield, OH – Ohio State Reformatory (‘Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival‘)
09/07-10 Alton, VA – Virginia International Raceway (‘Blue Ridge Rock Festival‘)


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