David W. "Dave" "Stage" Williams (February 29, 1972 – August 14, 2002) was 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 the album Sinner in 2001.
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"; especially to his fans.
He was a fan of the group Bathory who are regarded as pioneers of both Viking Metal and Black Metal.
On August 14, 2002, Williams was found deceased while on the band's tour bus in Manassas, Virginia. The 30-year-old singer died from cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart.
A public funeral was held in Plano, Texas, on August 18, 2002 at 10:00.
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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