Reunited Florida-based "nu metal" act TWISTED METHOD played its first show in nearly eight years on October 28 at Dixie Roadhouse in Cape Coral, Florida. Original members Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett (vocals) and Derek DeSantis (bass) were joined by Tony Elchert (EKOTREN) on drums and Virus (DOPE) on guitar.
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be see below. Photos are available at this location.
According to The News-Press, TWISTED METHOD was one of only two rock acts to originate in Lee County, Florida and go on to sign national recording contracts. The band were signed to MCA in 2002 and released "Escape From Cape Coma" the following year. In 2003, the band was tapped to perform on the second stage at Ozzfest.
Over the two years that followed, TWISTED METHOD continued to tour and and bring new "inmates" (as they called their fans) to their asylum of sound. Their first show back home after Ozzfest at the defunct Neptune's was sold out and their performance at radio station 99X's X-Fest stole the show from more popular bands such as PUDDLE OF MUDD and TRAPT.
Following TWISTED METHOD's split in June 2005, the Tribbett formed a new project called MAKESHIFT ROMEO with DeSantis. The group also included ex-MOTOGRATER bassist Jonny Nailz and former SLITHERYN drummer Tom "T-Bone" Burke.
Former TWISTED METHOD guitarist Andy Howard died in September 2005 at the age of 23. The cause of death was not revealed.
"I felt numb about it at first, but then it hit me like a ton of bricks. Andy was a very bright mind and a dynamite guy to be around," DeSantis told NaplesNews.com. But, he added, "I never thought for a second about quitting music. None of us did."