Wednesday, July 27, 2016

DISTURBED Members Take Personal Security Quite A Bit More Seriously Than They Used To - Draiman

DISTURBED Members Take Personal Security Quite A Bit More Seriously Than They Used To

DISTURBED Members Take Personal Security Quite A Bit More Seriously Than They Used To
Mike Karolyi of recently conducted an interview with DISTURBED frontman David Draiman. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked how the terrible events that have dominated the headlines in the last few months have affected the way the members of DISTURBED view their safety and security on the road and how they approach their touring life, Draiman said: "It's definitely affected us as far as how we view security. No doubt, we take it quite a bit more seriously than we have in the past given the nature of the current environment.
"You can't let fear distate your actions, and you can't live in that sort of state, but it's always good to be prepared and good to be cautious."
He continued: "As far as the political environment, it really has no bearing on what we do. There was plenty of political fodder for the taking prior to starting this cycle, things that led up to the creation of this record [DISTURBED's latest album, 'Immortalized']. It's only gotten more entertaining since. So the circus that is currently ongoing is definitely something that we sit back and laugh, cry and are terrified by, but it is what it is; that's the spectacle. That's what the media shoves in your face 24-7, when they're not trying to distract you from other important things going on in the world, of course.
"The nice thing about what we offer to people, and what most bands offer to people is a little bit of release, a little bit of time away from that — time to disconnect to have some release, empowerment, a little bit of an escape… an escape from reality. Sometimes you need to."
DISTURBED version of SIMON & GARFUNKEL's "The Sound Of Silence" has been a huge hit for DISTURBED, with Paul Simon sharing his approval of it publicly after watching the band perform the song on "Conan" and also exchanging e-mails with Draiman.
DISTURBED's record label, Warner Bros., credited the song's popularity to the video for "Silence", which was released in December 2015. To date, the clip has been seen more than 82 million times, a record number of views on YouTube for the group.
DISTURBED's cover of "The Sound Of Silence" can be found on "Immortalized", which 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.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Disturbed Honored by Mansfield Police Department - Draiman

Disturbed Honored by Mansfield Police Department

Disturbed have been as vocal in their support of police officers as any rock act in recent weeks, speaking after the deaths of police officers by a sniper in Dallas, sharing a police video soundtracked by “The Sound of Silence” made by the North Richland Hills Police Department in Texas and now they’ve met up with police officers in Mansfield, Mass. who wanted to show their respect to the band for their support.
Two officers from the Mansfield Police Department met with members of the band prior to the show and offered hats, patches and gifts as well as kind words to the band. Both officers shared how the band’s cover of “The Sound of Silence” has made an impact on them and the members of the department, while singer David Draiman responds, “It’s a crying shame what has happened in this country. You guys give everything for us, so it’s the least we could do.”
The impact of the moment with the officers didn’t stop there, as Draiman spoke of his meeting during the band’s show in Mansfield, making sure that his words resonated with the audience. “Earlier today we were honored with some gifts from the Mansfield Police Department here. Our boys in blue put their lives on the line for us every single day. We shouldn’t forget that. Every single life on the face of this f–king earth matters. Do you understand me,” asked Draiman.
He went on to add, “Hashtags do not determine your f–king fate, people. You understand me? There’s too many people in this country, f–k it, there’s too many people in this world who are pitting us against each other and I’m sick and f–king tired of seeing it. Just look at you, look at you here tonight — all walks of life, all colors of skin, everyone is welcome here. If we stop being so f–king divisive in this environment, if we stop worrying about what f–king hashtag we have to follow in these times, if we only spread a little bit more love, care and understanding for each other, maybe we wouldn’t be in this f–king mess in the first place.”
Disturbed have spent a majority of 2016 on the road and still have many more dates remaining. Check out their tour schedule here.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Disturbed brings heavy rock and 'Silence' to Burgettstown - Draiman

Disturbed brings heavy rock and 'Silence' to Burgettstown

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    Disturbed played First Niagara Pavilion with Breaking Benjamin on Tuesday.
Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 1:00 pm
BURGETTSTOWN – “Ten Thousand Fists” started things.
Pretty close.
The First Niagara Pavilion crowd Tuesday actually numbered closer to 12,000, most of whom did hold their fists in the air as metal band Disturbed launched an impressive headlining performance with that 2005 song.
Disturbed blew through its hour-long set without much banter from frontman David Draiman. His vocal growl commanded attention as the band let its music do the talking, and sounded solid with a hard-pounding but clean and uncluttered force that let the hooks sink in.
“Liberate” and “Stupify” hit hard but bassist John Moyer and guitarist Dan Donegan left space to keep the notes interesting.
Next came “The Sound of Silence,” the band's dramatic Simon & Garfunkel cover that almost single-handedly restored Disturbed's relevance last year. Heeding Draiman's suggestion, fans whipped out their lit-up smartphones and held them high.
I expected more of an audience sing-along on “Sound of Silence.” A bunch of bros in my section talked loudly during the first verse.
The irony.
A muscle-bound guy in one of the VIP boxes held aloft a middle finger and mouthed words about hating that song.
Though the vast majority of fans stood riveted by Draiman's deep and moving voice and the band's slow and powerful interpretation.
It sounded remarkable; even more so than the recorded version – arguably the fourth-best Simon & Garfunkel cover ever behind the Bangles (“Hazy Shade of Winter”), The Lemonheads (“Mrs. Robinson”) and Yes (“America”). Granted, The Times' political writer J.D. Prose compares Draiman's singing to the Crash Test Dummies of “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” fame.
Disturbed kept the action rolling with “The Light” and “Inside The Fire.”
There was fire all over the stage, with those now fashionable cannons that shoot flames at criss-crossing angles. At one point, ropes dangling from the ceiling were lit ablaze for a cool and creepy effect.
As the song says, Disturbed fans will remember the night they were struck by the sight of 10,000 fists in the air.
The crowd also went wild for co-headliner Breaking Benjamin. With an extra guitar, the Wilkes-Barre band had a moodier, more dense sound. Frontman Benjamin Burnley came across as sincere, hard working and likeable. His vocals were fairly discernible above the din. Bassist Aaron Bruch added some screamo vocal elements on a few songs.
Breaking Benjamin's standouts included set opener “So Cold,” the slower “Ashes of Eden,” and “I Will Not Bow,” which Burnley dedicated to military members and those who keep our streets and homes safe.
Burnley brandished a red light saber at the start of a medley that served up Nirvana's “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Saint Asonia started the metal onslaught. Saying he was tired of hearing karaoke versions of songs he'd written, singer Adam Gontier belted out “I Hate Everything About You,” the 2003 hit by his ex-band Three Days Grace.
I could have used more of the night's third-billed band, Alter Bridge, led by the potent tandem of Myles Kennedy (the singer for Slash's band The Conspirators) and lead guitarist Mark Tremonti (also known for his work with Creed).