Drowning Pool Announces Support for USO's Campaign to Connect and Counts Down to Their USO Tour to Guam and Japan April 4 - 10

Multiplatinum hard rock band to share personal messages of support via USO.org/connects in days leading up to their fifth USO tour abroad


ARLINGTON , Va., March 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

WHAT:        USO tour featuring multiplatinum hard rock band Drowning Pool

WHEN:         April 4 – 10, 2016

WHERE:       Guam and Japan

WHY:            Drowning Pool's CJ. Pierce, Stevie Benton, Mike Luce and Jasen Moreno are back at it again, but this time with a twist. The band is announcing its support of the USO's Campaign to Connect and counting down to its USO tour to Guam and Japan April 4-10. Whether inviting service members to an album release party or donating proceeds from album sales to the USO, the hard rock band is always there to support to those in uniform. The band members will travel to the Pacific next month to perform and visit with service members stationed at Andersen Air Force Base (April 6), Kadena Air Base (April 8) and Camp Foster (April 9). The tour will mark the group's fifth USO experience since 2005.

Drowning Pool has volunteered with the USO for 11 years and has incredibly strong family ties to the military. 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. As a result of those personal connections, the hard rock band has participated in four USO tours and entertained more than 22,000 service members on 14 military bases in five countries. The band has traveled with the USO to the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Iraq and Kuwait.

Feb. 4 marked 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. Drowning Pool joins the USO in its mission of connection and commitment to strengthening America's service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country. Visit uso.org/connects to learn how you can join Drowning Pool as they help the USO deliver more than 1 million messages of support to service members and their families worldwide.

Drowning Pool released Hellelujah on February 5, 2016, via Entertainment One Music (eOne). The band tapped renowned artist Brian Mercer (CHRIS CORNELL, LAMB OF GOD, HIGH ON FIRE) to design the cover art. Hellelujah is the follow up to Resilience, released in 2013. This time the band worked with producer Jason Suecof (AUGUST BURNS RED, DEICIDE, DEATH ANGEL) at the helm. The album has received high praise from reviewers and fans alike.

QUOTE:        Attributed to C.J. Pierce on behalf of Drowning Pool:
"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. It's definitely great for us to go overseas and play at different bases. I think 2005 was our first one (Iraq and Kuwait) and it's personal for us. Each one of us has someone in our family somewhere in the armed forces and it's all about those friends and families."

About the USO

The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President's Circle Partners: AT &T, the BNSF Railway Foundation, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, NFL and Four-Star Partners: BIC, ConAgra Foods, FedEx, GEICO, JCPenney, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, TKS and the Wawa Foundation. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.


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