Dave Williams (musician)

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Dave Williams
Birth name David Wayne Williams
Also known as Stage
Born (1972-02-29)February 29, 1972
Died August 14, 2002 (aged 30)
Manassas, Virginia
Genres Alternative metal
Heavy metal
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1988–2002
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. During the 1990s he was a fixture in the Dallas music scene, often playing in well-known clubs.

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]

Personality[edit]

A statement from his band mates during his funeral states that he was a gentle man who always made a point to give at least one person "The Gift". It is not known what this gift actually was, though it was said to be large enough to "fit into a cigar box"[citation needed]. He was also known to be very friendly, especially to his fans.

His nickname "Stage" came from Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell who gave it to him because of his known stage personality during performances. Dimebag was quoted as saying "He was more alive on the stage then any other musician seen."

He was a fan of many heavy metal bands, including the group Bathory.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

On August 14, 2002, Williams was found dead in the band's tour bus in Manassas, Virginia.[3] The 30-year-old singer died from cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), which went undiagnosed until his death.[1]

Aftermath[edit]

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 Dave and his legacy with a multi-venue music festival aptly 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.

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

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