Singer Ryan McCombs played his first shows back with DROWNING POOL on Friday, March 17 (at Club LA in Destin, Florida, with ADELITAS ROAD and OR ELSE), and Saturday 18 March, which is responsible for the inauguration Dumping at the campsite festival in Fruitland Park, Florida. Fan-filmed video of Dumping at the campsite the concert can be seen below.
The long time LAND frontman, who has lived in Swindon, England since 2018, originally joined DROWNING POOL in 2005 and appeared on two of the band’s studio albums, “Full Circle” (2007) and “Drowning Pool” (2010), as well as a live album from 2009 “Highest common denominator”. He rejoined LAND after leaving DROWNING POOL in 2011.
According to Metal Edge, McCombs will continue ahead LAND and will perform with both bands in the future.
Said McCombs: “When I stepped away from music back in 2004, I only got back into the mix because it featured (DROWNING POOL members) CJ, Stephen and Mikeand because it was also a way for me to be a small part of keeping their music around Dave (late DROWNING POOL vocalist Dave Williams) alive. Just being back in the same room together after so many years preparing for these shows was a quick reminder of why I considered them my best friends in the business back then. As anyone who lives life can attest, our days can sometimes get messy – but in one’s words Dave Williams‘Everything happens for reasons, I just don’t know…’ Some of the greatest moments of my career occurred as a member of DP and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to perform with them again.”
Added drummer Mike Luce: “I really appreciate that LAND and DROWNING POOL are in a place now where we not only exist together but are close enough as friends to move forward together. We support and respect each other enough to make sure they can keep doing what they’re doing and for them to give us the opportunity to revisit a lot of these cool tunes we played for more than ten years ago, with the singer we considered archetype after Dave passed. We can’t wait to get on stage together again and see where it goes.”
“It’s damn exciting to have Ryan McCombs rocking out with us again,” the guitarist said CJ Pierce. “It’s been 13 years since we were last in a rehearsal room together and from the second we hit the first note it was like we never skipped a beat. I’ve never felt such a connection as musicians, true friends and family.which I do with Mike, Stevie and Ryan. I can’t wait to share the stage together again.”
“Never say never,” said the bassist Stevie Benton. “It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 10 years since we shared the stage with Ryan. I think, deep down, we always knew this reunion was going to happen.”
McCombs‘s bandmates in the LAND said: “Ryan has an extensive history with both LAND and DROWNING POOL, so when the opportunity arose for him to step forward as a singer for both bands, we knew we could make it work together. Both bands aren’t kids anymore and we’ve all grown as people, dealt with hard feelings and are approaching the 25 year mark. Ryan want to work. He wants to tour and play as much as possible and this allows him to do that. As Dave Williams said a few days before his passing: ‘Everywhere there is electricity DP and LAND to play together, let’s do it…'”
DROWNING POOLfirst new record since 2016, “Strike a Nerve”was published last September via T-boy/UMe. It marked the band’s third album with singer Jason Morenothat came along DROWNING POOL in 2012.
DROWNING POOL addressed Morenos departure in a post on social media on Thursday (March 16), in which he wrote: “We appreciate everyone asking about Clear. We can’t speak for him, but we believe he was just ready to move on to other things in life. Perhaps he will speak out. Maybe he won’t. Either way, we wish him the best.”
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