On Saturday, May 13, after a hiatus of almost eight years, COAL CHAMBER performed at the Sick New World festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Images and footage captured by fans from the event can be found below.
COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara previously told Radioactive MikeZ, host of the 96.7 KCAL-FM program “Wired In The Empire,” about how the band’s reunion came about: “Unbelievable turn of events. That actually happened… I was on my way out from COVID. And my wife called [the other members of COAL CHAMBER] and said, ‘Hey, you guys may wanna text Dez or call Dez ’cause I don’t know if he’s gonna make it through the night. He’s telling me where he wants to be buried and not to sell his ’78 Cadillac.’
“So they started to call me, they started to text me, and over a period of six, seven, eight months, we didn’t talk any business at all. And we realized that, you know, why are we not playing shows? Those guys are totally different people than when we broke up. I have always been the same — I’ve just been solid as a rock; and I told them, ‘I’m solid as a rock. If I come out of this, I would love to do at least one show with you guys.’ And that’s how this all started — very organically.”
“COAL CHAMBER is a very unpredictable thing, all the way from its beginning, playing with PANTERA and BLACK SABBATH, to where we were when we put out Rivals to where we are now.
“I’m very excited for the Sick New World fest and to see what we’re gonna do. But we’re gonna take it slow and we’re gonna do what’s appropriate for the brand and for the band and especially the fans that have been with us for so long.”