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Drowning Pool, other bands rock the fairgrounds on Friday

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By CHRIS BROCK

Times Staff Writer

The platinum-selling, heavy metal Texas quartet Drowning Pool will perform Friday at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds Arena.

The popular band is known for supporting soldiers, having toured Kuwait, Iraq, Korea and Guantanamo Bay. It has championed the Lane Evans Health Act, emphasizing the best health care for veterans.

Drowning Pool’s fifth studio album, “Resilience,” was released this year.

The band recently added singer Jasen Moreno. At the end of 2011, the three original Drowning Pool members — C.J. Pierce on guitar, Stevie Benton on bass and Mike Luce on drums — decided to release their third singer, Ryan McCombs, and began searching for his replacement. The band had already survived the passing of founding vocalist Dave Williams in 2002 and also parted ways with his successor in 2005.

“This business is a marathon not a sprint,” Mr. Benton said in a press release. “You’re going to have a lot of ups and downs. That’s how life is. There are no more surprises because we’ve survived all of these disasters already. We’re more of a unit than ever before. We’ve become adept at rolling with the punches, and we’ve always got each other’s backs.”

“Giving up has never been an option for us,” said Mr. Pierce.

Drowning Pool’s new album, “Resilience,” continues the band’s arena-ready, fist-pumping hard rock.

In early 2012, Drowning Pool retreated to House of Loud studios in New Jersey to record with Kato Khandwala. The producer also helmed the band’s 2010 self-titled album, which spawned its highest-charting radio hit to date, “Feel Like I Do,” which hit No. 2 on the Active Rock charts. In 2009, “37 Stitches” off of the “Full Circle” album reached No. 4 on the Active Rock charts.

“I feel like this record goes back to the band’s roots,” Mr. Luce said of “Resilience.” “Even before Dave joined the band, C.J., Stevie, and I used to just step into a room, jam, and see what happened. Jasen does that with us now.”

The band’s first single on the new record is “One Finger and a Fist.” Drowning Pool debuted the song during WWE’s Slammy Awards in 2012 before offering a free download to fans for 48 hours.

Mr. Benton describes “One Finger and a Fist” as “A song about feeling backed into a corner. It’s about that moment when you realize that you have no choice but to give the middle finger to the world and come out swinging.”

Appearing with Drowning Pool Friday will be the bands Eye Empire, Even the Dead Love a Parade, Exilia, Caustic Method, Lake Effect Mud, Maps of War and Tyrade.

Drowning Pool also appeared in Watertown in 2007, with part of the concert proceeds going to the Climb to Glory Fund.

YouTube hosts dozens of videos of war scenes set to “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor,” one of the band’s biggest hits.

The details
WHAT: Drowning Pool headlines a multi-band concert.
WHERE/WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds Arena.
COST: Tickets are $19.94 for general admission. Available at the door as well as online by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/k3whtp2
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