Drowning Pool frontman Dave Williams was found dead on the band's tour bus in Manassas, Virginia, today; he was thirty. No cause of death has yet been determined.
Williams sang in several Dallas bands in the Nineties, earning the nickname "Stage" by fellow metal-minded Texan "Dimebag" Darrell of Pantera. During that time, drummer Mike Luce and guitarist C.J. Pierce relocated from New Orleans to Dallas to form a band with bassist Stevie Benton, and the group picked Williams to be its singer. Drowning Pool earned their first break when Sevendust received a copy of their demo and took them out on their first major tour. The group built a core audience, recorded a six-song demo and scored a deal for their debut album, Sinner.
Drowning Pool appeared as unknown newcomers on last year's Ozzfest tour, and the exposure, along with a string of successful singles, pushed Sinner to platinum status. For this year's Ozzfest, the band graduated to the main stage.
At press time, Ozzfest was scheduled to continue tomorrow night in Bristow, Virginia.