When you think of Olympic figure skating, your mind probably doesn't go to metal immediately. But last night, the French free skating team - Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres - decided to bust out a curve ball by performing to Disturbed's cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence," a move probably nobody was expecting.
David Draiman's voice helps to amplify the drama of what the team pulled off on the ice. His long notes coincide with twisting tandem moves, the two twisting together at the end of the exhibition. The pair didn't take home any medals, but they did walk away with a respectable 5th place.
Disturbed's version of the "The Sound of Silence" was released in December of 2015 and hit No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock and Hard Rock Digital Songs charts and topped out at No. 42 on the Billboard Hot 100. Last spring, following a performance of the track on the late night talk show Conan, original composer Paul Simon reached out to Draiman to praise him.
“Really powerful performance on Conan the other day," Simon wrote. "First time I’d seen you do it live. Nice. Thanks.” Draiman responded, “Mr. Simon, I am honored beyond words. We only hoped to pay homage and honor to the brilliance of one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Your compliment means the world to me/us and we are eternally grateful.”
The song went onto be certified double platinum, and with even more exposure from the Olympics, it won't be surprising to see even more sales in the song's future.
Watch the clip of "Sound of Silence" during the Olympics above.
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Vanessa James, Morgan Cipres Perform To Disturbed's "Sound Of Silence"
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And in the new Twitter video, Disturbed can be seen working with acoustic instruments, with frontman David Draiman saying: “I think this should be different than it was last time because we’re coming in a little bit more naked, so to speak.”
Speaking about a possible acoustic release in February last year, Draiman said: “That's something we've wanted to do for years that we just never had the time or the opportunity to.
“So that we'll be working on between our LP releases. And then probably 2018 we will head back into the studio to record the next record and hopefully have a release sometime in late 2018 and hit the road 2019 again.”
Disturbed have two live shows planned this summer. They'll play at the CV Music Festivals event in Arthur, Wisconsin, on July 12 and at Cadott’s Rock Fest on July 14.
Further news from the studio will be revealed in due course.
David Draiman Of Disturbed Released A Badass 'Star Wars' Christmas Card
By: Anthony Capobianco
DECEMBER 21, 2017
Whenever Christmas rolls around, usually you'll receive Christmas cards from your friends, family and neighbors that look like they were taken by Olan Mills. But not David Draiman from Disturbed. Instead of going down the cheesy route, he and his family were tempted by the dark side and created an awesome Star Wars-themed photo shoot!
Let's go down the list and check off everything badass about this Christmas card:
International rock star David Draiman and family: check
Star Wars theme: check
Celebrating Christmas in one of the best ways possible: check
Below, go behind the scenes with the Draimans on what inspired the photo shoot and how it all happened.
David Draiman is happily married to fitness model Lena Yada, they have a son together, and with the holiday season approaching, they really decided to go that extra mile with their Christmas card. I've seen some pretty wild ones over the last few years, but I can't recall anybody hiring a professional photographer for an intricate Star Wars-themed photo shoot in their mansion. That's exactly what Draiman did.
You get what you pay for, because the photo looks pretty legit and it looks like they had a fun day at the photo shoot. Must be nice:
Any guesses on how much this cost? Maybe Draiman spent some of the down time during the shoot watching some of these hilarious Star Wars videos. Probably not, but we couldn't figure out a better way to plug that post.
Disturbed released its cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound Of Silence" in 2015 and the damn song just won't seem to go away. It's made its most recent appearance in a video made by NASA’s Johnson Space Center which showcases a ton of awesome-looking satellite imagery but is unfortunately backed by the Disturbed cover.