Coal Chamber members share initial comments on Nu-Metal Festival reunion

Yesterday’s announcement of the Sick New World festival featured a packed lineup, and right there in the middle of all the names on the tour poster was Coal chamberwhich essentially confirms a 2023 reunion for Dez Fafaraled rockers who enjoyed late 90s and early 2000s success at the height of the nu-metal era. In the wake of the festival reveal, each of the Coal Chambers members took to social media to individually comment on their upcoming reunion.

Fafara, who has primarily spent his time with Devildriver in recent years, offered brief commentary on the reunion, saying via Twitter: “#coalchamber is back #thatisall.” But his other bandmates were a little more forthcoming in commenting on the reunion.

Bassist Nadja Peulen added via her Facebook account: “Excited to share the stage with my brothers again! COAL CHAMBER live in Las Vegas 2023 @sicknewworld festival. Sign up now for Presale starting Friday November 11th at 10 PT.”

Guitarist Meegs Rascon commented: “My brothers and sister. Together again, with all the love in the world. Can’t wait to play for all the fans who have been there for us and loyal. We love you all!” with #coalchamber #sicknewworld hashtags.

Drummer Mike Cox was the most detailed of all the band members, offering the most significant update since the band’s previous reunion and revealing how we got the band back together.

“GOOD LORD what a line up!!! Well this is definitely something I thought I’d never post again in my life!!! I’m rarely on social media anymore as it is,” the drummer began.

He then added, “Quick recap as it will be therapeutic for me!!! After our last tours in 2015 I came off stage very depressed and wanted to be home with my young son. I missed a lot and it really started to me. I made the decision that if we stop again it would be the last time I ever play again. After our last show it was over… and that’s what I did. I completely retired from music and started to focus on my family life and raising our son. With the tremendous support and encouragement of my wife, we moved to a new city, bought a new house, and my construction company is booming…. Everything was exactly where we wanted it to be. After YEARS of hard work, therapy, sobriety, 2 elbow surgeries, I found extreme peace with not being a musician anymore.”

So what changed? The drummer explained: “Over the years I kept in touch with @dezfafara and I feel like for the first time in 25 years we actually became real friends. Both of our families went through A LOT over the last few years and we were actually there for each other. We actually listen to each other and that means more than any band at this point in my life. It slowly changed the conversation to start playing again… and here we are!!!”

Cox says, “I really thought about this decision for a long time with my family and what it meant to jump back and this was a family decision. Our son is older now and always asks what I used to do… now can i just show him all the crazy hardcore Coal Chamber fans we have out there!!! It’s an exciting time for all of us, the future looks bright! As for @meegsrascon ….. I think I’ve talked to him almost every day of my life for the last 25 years…can’t get rid of this jerk!!!”

The drummer concludes: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped me with this decision as it wasn’t an easy one. Thanks to @theoraclemgmt for all the extremely hard work and putting things in black and white and not bashing me like the music industry is so famous for. Also thanks to @nadjapeulen for being a part of this crazy journey we put her through. I love you all!!!!

Coal Chamber were originally active between 1994 and 2003, releasing their self-titled debut in 1997, then playing with their 1999 sophomore set Chamber music and ending their first run with 2002’s Dark Days. They released singles such as “Loco” and “Fiend”, but enjoyed their biggest radio success with their cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Shock the Monkey”.

After their initial breakup, the group reunited in 2011, initially touring before deciding to make a new album. Rivals became the band’s fourth studio album in 2015, spawning the song “IOU Nothing.” However, the band would go on hiatus again in 2016, and Fafara commented a year later that he felt the band would probably never tour or make music again.

But with the announcement of the Sick New World festival on Monday (November 7), here we are. The band has yet to announce any more dates, so for now, make sure you catch them at the Sick New World festival taking place on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

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