COAL CHAMBER Experience "Dark Days" Ahead

April 18, 2002

COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara reportedly walked off stage 20-25 minutes into the group's set last night in Lubbock, Texas after announcing to the confused audience that they had just witnessed “the last COAL CHAMBER song...ever!” The three remaining members then proceeded to play two more songs with guitarist Meegs at the mic, before the band called it a night, with drummer Mikey demolishing his kit on his way out.

According to eyewitness reports, the anti-climactic ending to the group's performance was the culmination of an ongoing dispute between Dez and guitarist Meegs, who made no secret of their open disdain for each other during the brief set, with Meegs reportedly hitting Dez with his guitar, kicking speakers off the stage, and spitting on the singer at various points during the show.

Rumors of in-fighting in the COAL CHAMBER camp have been running rampant for years, with friction between Meegs and Dez being largely blamed for the group's withdrawal from 2000's Tattoo The Earth trek (although the official reason was that the band wanted to “focus on writing the new album”).

COAL CHAMBER are expected to resume their Jagermeister tour with DROWNING POOL and ILL NINO tonight at Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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