A DVD chronicling the life of the late Drowning Pool frontman Dave Williams is in the works, and it may also aid in the realization of one of his longtime ambitions.
The as-yet-untitled project was conceived on Saturday, according to the band's publicist, a day before a public funeral for Williams, who died Wednesday (August 14), was held in Plano, Texas (see "Drowning Pool's Williams Remembered As One Of Rock's Nicest" ).
Although it's still in the very formative stages, the video is expected to provide glimpses into Williams' life, from his early days spent gigging around the local Dallas rock scene to the dizzying career momentum that came with selling over a million copies of Drowning Pool's debut album, Sinner.
The first $250,000 derived from the sale of the DVD, which organizers hope to release by November, will be used to buy a retirement house for Williams' parents, Charlie and Jo Ann. This was one of the singer's dreams, his publicist said, and Wind-Up Records is planning to make it come true.
Wind-Up Records is asking fans to contribute to the DVD's content. If you have photographs, home videos, personal accounts, or any other items that may serve in Williams' memory, email Wind-Up Records. (As of September 13, the label has stopped taking submissions for the project and begun work on the DVD.)
The label's chairman and owner, Alan Meltzer, announced the plans for the video homage at Sunday's memorial service, which drew more than 2,000 mourners, reported the Dallas Morning News. Among those in attendance were members of local metal bands Surgeon General, Project 232 and Low Gear, as well as the surviving members of Drowning Pool — bassist Stevie Bento, drummer Mike Luce and guitarist C.J. Pierce. Pierce relayed his memories of Williams to the congregation.
"We got to spend the last couple years with him — some of those times have been pretty amazing," Pierce said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "We got to go all the way around the Earth together. He was very passionate about music, and so knowledgeable. He could walk into any place and light it up. He was 100 miles per hour nonstop. That was the beautiful thing about him — he was so full of life."
The services concluded the way many Drowning Pool shows did; with a standing ovation.