Thursday, June 23, 2016

Is DISTURBED's DAVID DRAIMAN 'Stronger Than All'? (Video)

Is DISTURBED's DAVID DRAIMAN 'Stronger Than All'? (Video)

Is DISTURBED's DAVID DRAIMAN 'Stronger Than All'? (Video)
DISTURBED singer David Draiman recently took part in The Rock Reel's "Stronger Than All" challenge. He was asked to hold a five-kilogram solid steel hammer with his arm stretched out to the fullest and hold it as long as he could. You can now watch the results below.
In a 2011 interview, Draiman spoke about the difficulties of staying in shape while touring the world. He said: "In Europe, it's not as easy [to find a good gym to work out in]. In the States, it's much easier. We still go the extra mile. Even if it's something as simple as a hotel gym; if they have some decent cardio equipment, if they have just a decent bench and at least an adequate amount of weight and dumbbells, you can at least get most of your work done that you need to get done. But it's a challenge. There's no question about it."
DISTURBED's latest album, "Immortalized", became the band's fifth effort in a row to enter the chart at No. 1 — a feat shared only with METALLICA and DAVE MATTHEWS BAND.
DISTURBED kicked off a North American tour — its first in more than four years — on February 10 in Fargo.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sixx: A.M., Glenn Hughes Join Disturbed at 2016 Hellfest - Draiman

Sixx: A.M., Glenn Hughes Join Disturbed at 2016 Hellfest

The spirit of collaboration is alive and well for Disturbed. As they’ve displayed during their touring, Disturbed have been open to welcoming special guests during their set and the band’s performance at Hellfest in France was no different. The group welcomed the members of Sixx: A.M. and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee — onetime Deep Purple musician Glenn Hughes.
The love between Sixx: A.M. and Disturbed has been on display a few times already this year, with Sixx: A.M.’s James Michael and Nikki Sixx guesting on Disturbed’s covers medley and Disturbed drummer Mike Wengren sitting in on one of Sixx: A.M.’s sets. But while the covers medley has been the most traditional spot for special guests in Disturbed’s sets, David Draiman brought out James MichaelNikki Sixx and DJ Ashba for something unexpected. The trio joined Disturbed in rocking out the Motley Crue classic “Shout at the Devil” for the crowd.
That was immediately followed by the abbreviated covers medley in Disturbed’s set list, with Sixx: A.M. clearing out and vocalist Glenn Hughes joining Disturbed on The Who‘s “Baba O’Riley.” The power of Hughes’ voice stands up as he traded lines with David Draiman during the performance. Watch it all play out in the footage from Hellfest posted above.
Look for Disturbed continuing to tour through the majority of 2016. Their dates can be found here.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Disturbed performs "The Sound of Silence" on Conan - Draiman

Disturbed performs "The Sound of Silence" on Conan 

When it comes to music, it’s rare that a cover outshines the original, especially when the original is so beloved. However, heavy metal band Disturbed has managed to come close with their cover of “The Sound of Silence.” According to Wikipedia, “The Sound of Silence” was originally written by Paul Simon and released by Simon & Garfunkel in 1964. It was originally called, “Sounds of Silence.” The song features the famous opening lines, “Hello Darkness, my old friend/I've come to talk with you again.”
Disturbed released the song, which was featured on their album “Immortalized,” as a single in December 2015. The track went on to become a hit for the band, going to No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. On the heels of their cover’s success, the band performed the song live on “Conan” back in March 2016. Disturbed's lead singer, David Draiman, is seated as he sings. At the beginning of the song, he sings in low whispers. As the song progresses, you are privy to the strength, emotion and richness of his vocals. More than 5 million people have enjoyed Draiman’s soul-moving cover of the famous Simon & Garfunkel tune which is posted on the “Conan” YouTube channel, Team Coco.

Watch the video below.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Disturbed Discuss Nu Metal Label + Chart Success - Draiman

Disturbed Discuss Nu Metal Label + Chart Success

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Around beginning of the 21st Century, there was a wave of new hard rock and metal acts arriving on the scene, most of whom got lumped into the what was being dubbed “nu metal” at the time. In the interview above, Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan discusses how he felt about the label and how he saw the band as one that didn’t necessarily fit in with the other acts also being grouped in with them.
Speaking with Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez, Donegan states, “I don’t want to say we’re the black sheep so much as we never really quite fit in. Nobody knew how to label us because we came in at a time, and not that I even care for labels personally, but we came in at a time where nu metal was the term that was being thrown around for any band that came out at that time.”
The guitarist says he didn’t shun the nu metal classification, but the band just rode the wave for what it was. “There was always some kind of things that were just blurry to people of kind of where we fit in. We don’t need to fit in. We’re just Disturbed. That’s who we are,” says Donegan, who later added, “Love us or hate us, nobody knows what to label us as, but we clearly have a fan base that is okay without the label.”
Nu metal or not, Disturbed have achieved a feat that many of their peers have not — five straight No. 1 albums. It’s a pretty small club of acts who have done that and singer David Draiman jokes, “It means we’re no longer a black sheep.” In all seriousness, the vocalist does go on to credit their fan base without whom they wouldn’t have topped the album charts in the first place. See Donegan and Draiman’s full chat with Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez in the video above. And look for Disturbed on tour at these locations.
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