SEVENDUST and will join forces for a U.S. co-headlining tour in March/April. The trek will also feature special guests LACUNA COIL as direct support on each date, as well as CANDLELIGHT RED and STOLEN BABIES opening on either half of the run (see the split below).
Each member of COAL CHAMBER had words to share about the announcement.
"I'm STOKED to be bringing COAL CHAMBER back to the United States," exclaims vocalist Dez Fafara. "These shows are going to fucking rule! The lineup is perfect! Hope to see you all there!"
"The past has fuelled the fire to bring COAL CHAMBER back stronger than ever," adds drummer Mike Cox. "I couldn't be more excited to tour the states on an amazing tour. HERE WE GO!"
"I'm really excited and grateful to be a part of such an awesome bill! We will be slaying it across America and the world," adds guitarist Meegs Rascón.
Bassist Chela Rhea Harper states, "America is where COAL CHAMBER started; where the music first came to life. The entire experience in Australia and South America has been so surreal up until this point, and to be able to continue this adventure on the band's home soil is an honor. The support from all has been tremendous."
Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 18.
SEVENDUST engaged in a well-publicized feud with COAL CHAMBER in 2003 and even dedicated its single "Enemy" to COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Farara. SEVENDUST drummer Morgan Rose told Tacoma, Washington's The News Tribune at the time about the war of words: "It's been pretty humorous, actually, because, to be honest, [Dez is] not really someone who's important to society. So it's not like I'm talking about anyone that many people really know about." He continued: "COAL CHAMBER was a really popular band. Now they're not a band anymore, and my [then-]wife [bassist Rayna Foss] was probably the most popular member. The irony of this whole thing was I didn't want to give him any press. ... It was laid out on a press release that I kind of got tricked into. I wanted it to be a more universal song. A lot of people have people they don't like, that treat people that they care about with no respect. [My wife is] the reason I was mad at him in the first place. He treated her awful, while she was pregnant with my daughter inside of her. He was completely stressing her out and making her upset."
SEVENDUST's ninth album, "Black Out The Sun", will be released on March 26 via the band's 7Bros. Records label (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group). The CD was recorded at Architekt Music studios in Butler, New Jersey with engineer Mike Ferretti. Songtitles set to appear on the 12-track CD, which was produced by the bandmembers themselves, include "Decay", "Mountain" and "Murder Bar". The latter was reportedly inspired by a Butler, New Jersey bar across from the hotel where SEVENDUST was staying while recording the new CD. Rumor had it the place was popular with many of New Jersey's murderers.
COAL CHAMBER played its first reunion dates in February/March 2012 as part of Australia's Soundwave Festival.
In a 2011 interview with Australia's Loud magazine, COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara stated about how the band's reunion came about, "In '05, Meegs [Miguel Rascón, guitar] started coming around. He apologized to my wife for the way things went down with COAL CHAMBER, because when COAL CHAMBER split up I had to move my family into a one-bedroom apartment and start all over. So when he apologized to my wife, I thought, 'Well, OK, he's got a big heart inside him. And he's clean off the hard drugs now, let's see if this goes awhile.' So let's fast forward a few years to '09, he and Mikey [Mike Cox, drums] were still clean off hard drugs, Meegs came out and did 'Loco' onstage with DEVILDRIVER. After that he gave me a hug onstage and in my ear he said, 'Let's do this again.'"
SEVENDUST, COAL CHAMBER, LACUNA COIL tour dates with CANDLELIGHT RED:
Mar. 28 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
Mar. 29 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia LA Live
Mar. 30 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
Mar. 31 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
Apr. 02 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
Apr. 03 - Wichita, KS - The Cotillion
Apr. 04 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
Apr. 05 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Apr. 06 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave II
Apr. 08 - Minneapolis - MN - Mill City Nights
Apr. 09 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
Apr. 11 - Fort Wayne, IN - Piere's Entertainment Center
Apr. 12 - Detroit, MI - Harpos
SEVENDUST, COAL CHAMBER, LACUNA COIL tour dates with STOLEN BABIES:
Apr. 14 - Hartford, CT - The Webster
Apr. 16 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Apr. 17 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
Apr. 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Apr. 19 - Hampton Beach, NH - Casino Ballroom
Apr. 20 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Apr. 22 - Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live
Apr. 23 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
Apr. 24 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
Apr. 26 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Apr. 27 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheater
Apr. 28 - Dallas, TX - The Palladium Ballroom