Drowning Pool Singer Quits

Texas-based metallers Drowning Pool have parted ways with singer Jason "Gong" Jones.

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Texas-based metallers Drowning Pool have parted ways with singer Jason "Gong" Jones. Jones apparently announced his decision to leave the band on the eve of the group's scheduled appearance in their hometown of Dallas on Sunday, June 12, resulting in the show's cancellation, reports Blabbermouth.net. Jones officially joined Drowning Pool in 2003 following the death of previous frontman Dave Williams. Jason went on to sing on the band's sophomore album, "Desensitized", which was released in April 2004 via Wind-Up Records, and spent most of the last year touring with the group in support of the CD. A relative unknown, Gong had previously auditioned for the then-vacant singer slot in Sepultura during the Brazilian band's vocalist search in 1997 and was briefly a member of Chop Shop, the short-lived Los Angeles group led by ex-Manhole guitarist Scott Ueda. Prior to joining Drowning Pool, Jones was linked with a project formed by ex-Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares (with whom he recorded a three-song demo) and was believed to be involved with Five-O-Clock, a short-lived group featuring former Amen guitarist Sonny Mayo, ex-White Zombie drummer Ivan De Prume and bassist Stevo Bruno. The 30-year-old Williams was found dead on the Drowning Pool tour bus on August 14, 2002 while the band were touring as part of the U.S. Ozzfest. An inquest into the singer's death in September 2002 concluded that the vocalist died from cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease for which he was never diagnosed. No traces of drugs were found in Williams' system, finally dispelling widespread speculation about the cause of his death.

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    CharlesMathon
    idlepretension: God that second album sucked. Almost as much as Mudvayne. ::cough, cough:: -is that supposed to be funny? Mudvayne f**king rules but the second cd did suck
    theDOORS123
    hmmm...let see...never a big fan.....so the first singer died, and now the second one quits..i think that means its time to end the band
    dethskar0
    neway i might think about listening to them agen when they get a new singer
    MuDvAyNe41689
    damn dude i feel bad for the rest of them having to change singers so much its like making a friend one day then losing him the next thats sucks i mean they have the talent they just need to find sumone that is gunna be able to do the work, not slack off and shit and just be glad to be part of such and awesome band!!
    theDOORS123
    ^o ya, no disrespect to anyonwe who actually liked them, i was just putting my opinion out there
    kinghate69
    i think Jason was much better than Dave. Dave was allright but i wouldnt call him a legend by any means. that word is saved for those like cliff burton and Dime. But sucks either way.
    Guitar_Poet
    minimanson: kinghate69: i think Jason was much better than Dave. Dave was allright but i wouldnt call him a legend by any means. blasphemy! [POSTED: 15 June 2005 - 04:57]|
    word.
    Styx
    I like how they sound with gong it was pretty cool but, for me it was like a new band, not drowning pool Drowning pool is Dave Williams,they should chance the name of the band...
    Guitar_Poet
    dave williams was sick, had a very cool voice, fitting for drowning pool. sucks hes dead =( yea its old news but still
    minimanson
    kinghate69: i think Jason was much better than Dave. Dave was allright but i wouldnt call him a legend by any means.
    blasphemy!
    MuDvAyNe41689
    -is that supposed to be funny? Mudvayne f**king rules but the second cd did suck thank you! they rule and yes the second cd was as good as the first
    dethskar0
    my dad was carrying a jacket that was sposed to b given to Dave b4 he died it was custom designed by my dads friend Pat. Dave was a good singer tho. i nevr listened to Drowning Pool after Dave died but i went to Freaker's Ball in October in Dallas and took a picture w/ Drowning Pool's guitarist that was pretty cool...
    CharlesMathon
    shroomhead77: Litsin,When ever anyone in you're band dyies and you get a new singer....YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE BAND!!!..Its not Drowning Pool without the first guy. -i totally agree with you here
    shroomhead77
    Litsin,When ever anyone in you're band dyies and you get a new singer....YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE BAND!!!..Its not Drowning Pool without the first guy.
    dandesmond
    Yeah he messed the band up. So what is there a new singer for each cd (No disrespect to Williams at all, he was a legend and I wish he was still alive)
    In_Flames832
    dave's voice was uncomparable to jason's, and essential to the drowning pool sound, personally i think they'll never make another album as good as their first one, no matter who their singer is
    minimanson
    i like all drowning pool stiff, sure "mr gong" wasnt as good as dave, but then who will be? why did he leave?!!!!
    Scourge441
    Dave was a much better singer and songwriter. I hope the new guy is more like him.