Coal Chamber and Devildriver frontman Dez Fafara defends Soundwave boss AJ Maddah

Dez Fafara was a fixture on the lineups for Soundwave festival joining the touring festival circus three times with Devildriver – 2009, 2011, and 2014 – and even reuniting Coal Chamber to play at the festival in 2012.

Neither band was scheduled to tour with Soundwave next year, but Fafara has been watching the fall out from the festival’s cancellation and he’s not impressed. Asked by a fan via Twitter for his thoughts on the “Soundwave fiasco”, Fafara has defended AJ Maddah describing the embattled promoter as a friend and a “class act.”

“I know my friend had one of the top fests in the world and helped a ton of bands me included,” Fafara has told fans, “but [he] is a resilient man and resilient men with purpose bounce back and rise again you’ll see. And I think the way he handled the people was beyond a class act. How many people know he takes every band and crew member out to dinner, puts us up on the beach, offers shows when needed? When I see [his] Twitter feed going off with idiots I wanna climb through the Internet like Freddy [Krueger].”

Back in November Fafara revealed that he had spoken to Maddah about joining the Soundwave 2016 lineup, but had decided that after three years on the road he needed to spend time with his family instead. However he has promised fans that Australia is on the list for a headline run in 2016.

Devildriver photo by Katie Fairservice for FL at Soundwave 2014