As a way of commemorating the one-year anniversary of his death, MTV2 will be airing a tribute to late DROWNING POOL singer Dave Williams on tonight's (August 9) edition of "Headbanger's Ball". The show will air at 10:00 p.m. EST.
The 30-year-old Williams was found dead on the DROWNING POOL tour bus on August 14, 2002 while the band were touring as part of the U.S. Ozzfest. An inquest into the singer's death in September concluded that the singer died from cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease for which he was never diagnosed. No traces of drugs were found in the vocalist's system, finally dispelling widespread speculation about the cause of his death.
The surviving members of DROWNING POOL have spent the past few months writing new material and rehearsing with ex-BUILT XL frontman Jason "Gong" Jones, but have yet to officially announce him as the replacement for Williams. A one-off live appearance at Curtain Club in Dallas on July 17 was widely believed to have been arranged as part of the continuing auditioning process for Jones, who had previously tried out for the singer slot in SEPULTURA during the Brazilian band's vocalist search in 1997 and was briefly a member of CHOP SHOP, the short-lived Los Angeles group led by ex-MANHOLE guitarist Scott Ueda. More recently, Jones was linked with the new project formed by ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares (with whom he recorded a three-song demo) and was believed to be involved with FIVE-O-CLOCK, the new group featuring former AMEN guitarist Sonny Mayo, ex-WHITE ZOMBIE drummer Ivan De Prume, and bassist Stevo Bruno.