Dave Williams (musician)

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Not to be confused with Davey Williams (musician).
Dave Williams
Birth name David Wayne Williams
Also known as Stage
Born (1972-02-29)February 29, 1972
Collin County, Texas
Died August 14, 2002 (aged 30)
Manassas, Virginia
Genres Alternative metal
Heavy metal
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1988–2002 (His Death)
Associated acts Drowning Pool

David Wayne Williams (February 29, 1972 – August 14, 2002)[1] was an American vocalist best known as the lead singer for the band Drowning Pool.

He grew up in Princeton, Texas living with his parents Charles Edward and Jo-Ann Williams.

In 1999, he joined Drowning Pool. The band released their debut album Sinner with his vocals in 2001. His nickname "Stage" came from Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell who gave it to him because of his known stage personality during performances. Williams has been ranked in Top 100 metal vocalists of all time by Hit Parader at #82.

He was in the rock band Fugly.[2]

On August 14, 2002, Williams was found dead in the band's tour bus in Manassas, Virginia.[3] He had died from heart failure caused by cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), which went undiagnosed until his death.[1]

A public funeral was held in Plano, Texas, on August 18, 2002 at 10:00 am.

A DVD called Sinema chronicling his life has since been released. His lifelong dream was to buy his parents a house. The sales from Sinema fulfilled his dream posthumously.

The Dallas, Texas music community honored Williams and his legacy with a multi-venue music festival named "Stage Fest." Stage Fest was held in downtown Dallas' Deep Ellum district on August 14, 2007, the fifth anniversary of his death, and played in seven Deep Ellum venues including Club Dada, The Curtain Club, The Lizard Lounge, The Darkside Lounge, Red Blood Club, Reno's Chop Shop, and Tomcat's.

Williams's microphone was given to Cristian Machado from Ill Niño. The band Memento dedicated their set to Williams on the Ozzfest 2003 stage.

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