Drowning Pool has kicked off its fifth USO tour to perform for and visit with U.S. troops stationed overseas, with the Texas-based band stopping at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on April 6th, Kadena Air Base in Japan on April 8th and Camp Foster, also in Japan, on April 9th. Drowning Pool has volunteered with the USO for 11 years and has family ties to the military as well: guitarist C.J. Pierce‘s father-in-law served in the Navy, bassist Stevie Benton‘s father is a Vietnam veteran and drummer Mike Luce‘s brother currently serves.
- The band has, to date, entertained more than tens of thousands of service members on 14 military bases in five countries, including facilities in the U.K., Germany, Iraq and Kuwait.
- Drowning Pool has also worked with veterans groups, including the Wounded Warrior Project and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), to help soldiers returning home, as Mike Luce told us a while back: [“We’ve gone over there, we’ve played shows in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, South Korea, Germany, Guantanamo Bay, you know, and then the USO as well, it’s all good stuff. To us it makes sense, you know. We’re just four guys that got lucky to be in a band together, and after playing for the troops overseas we just felt we could do a little bit to help out, without getting on a soapbox and preaching to people.”] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . preaching to people.)
- C.J. Pierce said in a statement about the latest tour, “We love giving back, it’s the least we can do. There are a lot of families involved in the armed forces and we love giving them a hand.”
- Drowning Pool’s latest album, Hellelujah, came out on February 5th and followed up 2013’s Resilience.
- That disc introduced the band’s fourth and current singer, Jasen Moreno.
SIDE NOTES: This year marks the USO’s 75th anniversary and the official kickoff of not only a yearlong celebration around the world, but also the USO’s Campaign To Connect, a new digital message platform designed to show appreciation to those who serve.
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INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?
Ross Alexander Cameron wrote: “Wondering how long it’ll be before some bellend says ‘I’m not usually a fan but if they support our troops, I’ll check them out.’ As if liking the army has any bearing on your musical taste.”
Salian Jansen Rood wrote: “‘Our’ troops implies they’re doing anything other than working for the corrupt government’s foreign policy objectives.”