Dez Fafara says Coal Chamber have 'deep-seated' issues

Dez Fafara
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Dez Fafara says that members of Coal Chamber have some “deep-seated shit” that they “need to work out” before he plays with them again.

The vocalist has previously admitted in interviews that “hard drug use” was a problem within the band which led to the original split in 2003. They reunited to tour in 2011 and also released critically acclaimed record Rivals last year – but he has put the band on the backburner while he concentrates on Devildriver.

He tells Revolver (via Blabbermouth): “I had a lot of fun doing that record and playing shows with them again. But there were some circumstances that were not ideal and that’s why that thing is not continuing as of right now.”

Fafara said last month that Coal Chamber has “no place” in his life at the moment – but he hasn’t ruled out working with his old bandmates again in the future.

He adds: “If something comes up and I have time and want to make a record and the members have their shit together, I’ll do it. But as of now, there’s some deep-seated shit that certain dudes in the band still need to work out.

“If they work it out and want to tour or make another record, they can come back and give me a call. But right now, everyone in Devildriver is stoked. No one’s fighting. And I feel lucky to be where I am.”

Devildriver are currently touring North America in support of their latest album Trust No One, before heading to Europe for a run of festival appearances.

Devildriver tour dates 2016

Jun 06: Toronto Opera House, ON
Jun 07: Millvale Mr Small’s Fun House, PA
Jun 08: Clifton Park Upstate Concert Hall, NY
Jun 09: South Burlington Higher Ground, VT
Jun 10: Providence Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, RI
Jun 11: New Haven Toad’s Place, CT
Jun 13: Columbus Park Street Saloon, OH
Jun 14: St. Louis Fubar, MO
Jun 16: Albuquerque Sunshine Theater, NM
Jun 17: Window Rock Window Rock Sports Center, AZ
Jun 18: San Diego Brick By Brick, CA
Jul 28: Tolmin Metal Day Festival, Slovenia
Jul 29: Saarbrucken Saarmageddon Festival, Germany
Jul 30: Essen Nord Open Air, Germany
Jul 31: Sittard Poppodium Volt, Netherlands
Aug 02: Jene F-Haus, Germany
Aug 03: Szekesfehervar Fezen Festival, Hungary
Aug 04: Munich Free & Easy Festival, Germany
Aug 05: Porta Westfalica FestivalKult, Germany
Aug 07: Wacken Festival, Germany
Aug 07: Koln Live Music Hall, Germany
Aug 09: Berlin Bi Nuu, Germany
Aug 10: Josefov Brutal Assault Festival, Czech Republic
Aug 12: Graz Metal On The Hill, Austria
Aug 13: Frankfurt Zoom, Germany
Aug 14: Alcatraz Festival, Belgium
Aug 16: Cardiff Tramshed, UK
Aug 17: Glasgow O2 ABC, UK
Aug 18: Birmingham O2 Institute, UK
Aug 19: Manchester O2 Ritz, UK
Aug 20: London O2 Forum Kentish Town, UK
Aug 21: Rodatichi Zaxidfest, Ukraine

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