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Disturbed

Formed: 1998
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Disturbed is made up of members Dan Donegan (Guitar), Mike Wengren(Drums), Fuzz(bass), and David Draiman(vocals). The band started by playing clubs on the south side of Chicago. One short demo tape later and Disturbed was well on it's way.

The beginning was short, before long they were sharing the stage with hometown heroes, Ministry. Disturbed has since played acts such as the Ozzfest, and scored the theme music to WWF superstar 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin.

Disturbed's brute force is unquestionable, yet there's a murderous intelligence at work behind such songs as "Down With the Sickness" that will make the most jaded, veteran head-banger cast a wary, nervous gaze in their direction.

Latest Disturbed News

Below is our complete Disturbed news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Disturbed Frontman Shuts Down Message Board

The official DISTURBED message board has been shut down by the administrators, allegedly because the group's frontman, David Draiman, grew increasingly tired of the persistent criticism levelled at him over his seemingly contradictory statements regarding the band's possible appearance at this year's Ozzfest.

Speaking to Jolene of Seattle's 99.9 KISW on January 7, Draiman said of the band's upcoming touring plans, "It looks like at this point that we are confirmed for Ozzfest this summer, so that should be a good thing. It's looking like that's what's gonna happen, so…" The actual audio of the 10-minute interview featuring this quote is available online (The quote appears around the 9:25 mark).

In an interview with Jeff Kerby of KNAC.COM conducted on January 30, Draiman was asked if there was any truth to the Internet reports that he had been quoted as saying that DISTURBED were confirmed for this year's Ozzfest.

"They're garbage," he replied. "I haven't said anything to anybody. I'm not saying it isn't happening, but I haven't gotten any official confirmation myself. Some radio station in Seattle decided to speculate or something. Every radio station interview that I've done at the station though has been with the whole band, and they've heard me every single time, and I've never said anything like that. We're in talks with them, but nothing has been solidified."

After a barrage of criticism was levelled at Draiman on the group's official message board for his seemingly contradictory statements regarding the band's participation in Ozzfest, the singer posted the following message before the board was completely shut down:

"When an apology is warranted, I am the first to offer one. But not in this case. I do not appreciate the idiocy of people criticizing what I am supposed to have said. I am not going to defend myself any more than I already have, as there should be no need to. I have half a mind to do away with this board completely, because instead of being a place where we can joyfully interact with the fans it has become a haven for the holier than thou. People who actually have the audacity to think that they have a right to say how we should conduct ourselves or even the wording that we may choose. The door is open to you too, if you do not approve or want to leave.

"I hope that you are proud of youself for once again distancing the band from its one means of limited interaction with its fans. You make me really feel welcome here. And what are we arguing about anyway? Whether or not I remember saying something a certain way? I already said I don't remember, nor does the rest of the band who have been present at these radio interviews, remember saying it, and already explained how sound bites are created and how editing of radio interviews are done, and even admitted to saying something like 'It looks like we are' [confirmed for Ozzfest]. So fucking what? Nothing is good enough for you, short of prostrating myself and apologizing for something that doesn't even have anything to do with you? Fuck off. Mission accomplished on alienating me from my own band's board. Time for a sabbatical. Fight amongst yourselves over nothing. I'll concentrate on the shows, and doing what I love most, not being sucked into this pathetic bullshit. Enjoy."

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Disturbed Frontman Posts 'Cribs' Segment Online

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman's six-minute MTV's "Cribs" segment which originally aired on Wednesday, January 25 has been made available for download at this location (Windows Media, 30 MB).

In a recent interview with Jolene of Seattle's 99.9 KISW, Draiman spoke about why he agreed to do the "Cribs" show and how he approached the shoot, which took place late last year.

"I jump back and forth between Chicago and L.A., but the [house] I did it at was the one in L.A.," he said. "To be honest with you, I wasn't really all that about doing it — we're not about showing what we've got. It's just not about 'bling' for us. Like they came to the house and they wanted me to use all the standard terminology and like say, 'These are my whips,' and ridiculous nonsense like that. And I didn't wanna use any of the stupidity and I tried to make it more about my friends than me. I had a party at the house and I just kind of made it a little bit more vibey and not all about that, 'Look, all these cool things I have.' To be honest with you, it's probably the only visibility we're gonna get on MTV."

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Headline News

Disturbed Confirms Ozzfest 2006 Appearance

Disturbed frontman, David Draiman confirmed his band will tour the Ozzfest circuit this summer.

Draiman revealed his forthcoming tour schedule to a Seattle Radio on January 7. The pierced singer stated, ""It looks like at this point that we are confirmed for Ozzfest this summer, so that should be a good thing. It's looking like that's gonna happen, so…"

Disturbed last played Ozzfest in 2003 on the main stage with Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Marilyn Manson, and Chevelle.

As previously reported, Black Label Society has also been confirmed for the Ozzfest 2006. Atreyu and Avenged Sevenfold have been offered spots on the tour, but not publically committed either way.

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Nevermore To Support Disturbed On UK Tour

According to Metal Hammer magazine, NEVERMORE will be supporting DISTURBED on their upcoming U.K. tour. The dates are as follows:

Mar. 25 - Barrowlands - Glasgow, UK
Mar. 27 - Newcastle Academy 1 & 2 - Newcastle, UK
Mar. 28 - Birmingham Academy - Birmingham, UK
Mar. 30 - Manchester University - Manchester, UK
Mar. 31 - Carling Academy 1 & 2 - Liverpool, UK
Apr. 02 - Rock City – Nottingham, UK
Apr. 03 - Astoria – London, UK

NEVERMORE are continuing to promote their latest album, "This Godless Endeavor", which entered the official German Top 100 Album chart at position No. 26. The CD also debuted at position No. 51 in Italy.

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Kicking K8 Add Two Slots On Jagermeister Tour

SoCal Rockers KICKING K8 have be added to two shows on the sold out Jagermeister Music Tour featuring Disturbed and BloodSimple. The band were offered the Jan 16th Phoenix, Az show as well as hometown show Jan 19th, in San Diego, Ca. Kicking K8 recently finished up recording their debut, which will soon be available for promo in a unique marketing campaign exclusively through Jagermeister promotions. The band starts their tour beginning Jan 16th with dates confirmed through April. Kicking K8's current single, LIAR, was added to numerous modern rock stations beginning 12/27.

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Disturbed Don't Pigeon-hole Themselves As Metal

The Baltimore Sun spoke with Disturbed drummer Mike Wengren about their latest effort 'Ten Thousand Fists', which now sees the Chicago band resisting the heavy-metal tag. "We don't pigeonhole ourselves in metal," Wengren said. "We think our music is more rhythmic. There's a lot that gets attached to metal - the look, the weird vocals that really don't fit our music."

Read the full article at Baltimore Sun.

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Nothingface Announce More Upcoming Tour Dates

NOTHINGFACE have announced a few more upcoming tour dates. They are as follows:

February 11 Towson, MD - Recher Theatre w/ Catatonik
February 19 Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues w/ Disturbed
February 21 Norfolk, VA - The NorVa w/ Disturbed

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Hard Rock/Metal Musicians Remember Dimebag Darrell

MTV News spoke with members of some 30 hard rock and metal bands about the Dimebag they remember. They told MTV how much he'd meant to them, they shared fond memories and spoke of the impact he made on their lives and their music. Here are several excerpts from the article:

David Draiman - frontman, Disturbed: "During our second Ozzfest, we were holed up in Dallas for about two or three days ... hanging out at Dime's place — it was an eclectic house. There's all kinds of Pantera memorabilia and Dimebag memorabilia all over the place. But you could never make the mistake of falling asleep at Dime's. He'd wake you up the way he always did: with firecrackers. He'd always set off an entire chain of firecrackers not two inches from my head. One time ... Dime took us to a strip club where we all judged a bikini contest. There was never a wrong time in the day for Dime to hit a strip club. ... Dime was just this character who was very easy to love. He didn't have a bad bone in his body, and was ready to give you the shirt off his back at all times. It was his mission in life to make sure every single moment you spent with him was the best moment of your life. He was selfless."

Zakk Wylde - frontman, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society: "Whenever you were around Dime, there was never a boring moment. He was the coolest guy on the planet. He was an even better person than he was a guitar player, if that's even possible. Whenever me and him would hook up, forget about it, bro. We'd always have to have a spare kidney, liver and pancreas on ice."

Brian Fair - frontman, Shadows Fall: "Dime seemed to have a real problem with the clock on our tour bus. It all started with his tour manager trying to tell him it was time to leave. ... We were having a good old time and Dime didn't want to go to bed. So, as soon as he was told it was time to leave, he grabbed the clock off of the wall and screams at the top of his lungs, 'There is no time!' and he smashed his hand right through it. The clock was made of glass and metal, and shrapnel flew everywhere. He went through three clocks on our bus like that. Anytime anyone tried to tell him it was time to go, he'd destroy the clock. He didn't want to end the party — he wanted it to keep going. We kept replacing the clock because we wanted to see what happened next."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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A Dozen Furies To Open For Some Jagermeister Shows

A Dozen Furies have lined up some dates with Disturbed for the years end, here's the schedule:
December 16th Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
December 17th Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
December 19th Washington, DC - 930 Club
December 20th Washington, DC - 930 Club
December 22nd Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live

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Nothingface to Reunite For Show In 2006?

According to Jaggermusic.com, Nothingface would play a concert scheduled for next year, February 19 at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach SC, opening for Disturbed. This would mean the band will reunite for the first time since their break up in 2003. Nothing has been explicitly confirmed at this point, however.

In related news, Disturbed frontman David Draiman was to collaborate with Blessed in Black, a hard rock group featuring former members of Nothingface and Skrape. Draiman was to enter the studio in September to contribute to some songs slated for Blessed in Black's forthcoming debut album, tentatively due in early 2006.

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Jagermeister Tour Second Leg Tour Dates Released

Dates have been revealed for the second leg of the "Jagermeister Music Tour", which sees Disturbed on the road with bloodsimple. this time out, here's the schedule:

January 06th Spokane, WA - Big Easy
January 07th Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
January 09th Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
January 10th Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
January 12th San Francisco, CA - SF Weekly Warfield
January 13th Sacramento, CA - Memorial Auditorium
January 15th Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
January 16th Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
January 18th San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
January 19th San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
January 22nd Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
January 24th West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
January 25th West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
January 27th Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
January 28th Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
January 30th Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque Conv. Ctr.
January 31st Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
February 02nd Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theatre
February 03rd Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
February 04th San Antonio, TX - Sunset Station
February 08th Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center
February 10th Saint Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
February 11th Saint Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
February 13th Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues
February 14th Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues
February 16th Miami, FL - Tropical Baroque
February 18th Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
February 19th Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues
February 21st Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
February 23rd Louisville, KY - Jillian's
February 24th Fort Wayne, IN - Piere's

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Watch Yahoo! Artist Mod of Disturbed's 'Just Stop'

In the first I've heard of this concept, Yahoo! Music Artist Mods have reworked Disturbed's 'Just Stop', from the album 'Ten Thousand Fists'. You can watch the animated video here.

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CoC Cancel Last Week of Disturbed Jager Tour

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY have announced that they will leave the DISTURBED tour a week earlier than planned. The band will play all scheduled shows through Dec. 14. However, they have canceled support appearances with DISTURBED in Philadelphia on Dec. 16 and 17, Washington on Dec. 19 and 20, and Baltimore on Dec. 22. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY also has canceled headline dates in Reading, PA on Dec. 15 and Charlotte, NC on Dec. 21.

Singer/guitarist Pepper Keenan lives in New Orleans, where his family continues to suffer from the impact of Hurricane Katrina. "COC sincerely apologizes to everyone affected by the cancellations," reads a posting on the group's web site.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "In the Arms of God", available now on Sanctuary Records. The group's first collection of new material since 2000's "America's Volume Dealer" was produced by C.O.C.'s longtime collaborator John Custer. Besides working on four of the band's previous albums, Custer also produced C.O.C. bassist Mike Dean's track on Dave Grohl's PROBOT project and C.O.C.'s contribution to "Nativity In Black", the BLACK SABBATH tribute compilation. Playing drums was New Orleans' Stanton Moore, skinsman for the renowned jazz-funk combo GALACTIC.

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Bloodsimple As Support For Second Leg of Jager

The Jägermeister Music Tour kicks off this November. This time out, DISTURBED leads the assault. CORROSION OF CONFORMITY serves as direct support on the first leg of the tour and BLOODSIMPLE will do the honors on the second leg. Each night a Jägermeister-sponsored band will open the show.

DISTURBED will be touring in celebration of the release of their third album, "Ten Thousand Fists" (Warner Bros.), which debuted at #1 on Billboard's charts with sales of over 240,000 its first week out.

"I really respect what Jägermeister has done on previous tours," says singer David Draiman, "so now that we're doing our first headlining tour in two years, we want it to be the Jägermeister Music Tour. We're psyched to be headlining. I'm a huge fan of the drink, and there's no doubt that DISTURBED and Jägermeister are a perfect mix."

Says Rick Zeiler, Director of Marketing & Brand Development for Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc., the importers of Jägermeister, "Jägermeister is thrilled to be working with DISTURBED! We've been fans of their music for years, and now we finally get the chance to showcase them on the Jägermeister Music Tour!"

In the great tradition of the Jägermeister Music Tour, the ticket price will be kept in the $30 range, ensuring plenty of bang for the buck. Fans can expect great Jägermeister prizes and giveaways like the Jägermeister compilation CDs with live and unreleased tracks from Jägermeister bands as well as plenty of Jägermeister shirts, hats, and other prizes and giveaways from tour sponsors Schecter Guitars, Peavey Electronics, and Coffin Case.

Jägermeister Music Tour Dates - First Leg: More...

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Corrosion Of Conformity Announce Headlining Dates

Corrosion of Conformity have announced the following headlining tour dates:

Nov. 28 Buffalo, NY - Showplace Theater
Dec. 04 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Dec. 10 Rochester, NY - Penny Arcade
Dec. 21 Charlotte, NC - Treemont Music Hall

Other upcoming tour dates with Disturbed: More...

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Disturbed Cancel Remaining European Dates

DISTURBED have cancelled the remaining dates of their European tour - No reason has been given. DISTURBED will launch the first leg of the Jagermeister Fall Tour with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY on November 4 in Minneapolis, MN.

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Dog Fashion Disco Part With Drummer

Dog Fashion Disco have parted with drummer Ollie, due to 'creative differences'. The band have brought back original member John Ensminger to help them out on new album 'Adultery'. He'll also be behid the kit when DFD tour as part of the upcoming Jagermeister Music Tour in America, with Disturbed and Corrosion of Conformity.

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Draiman Sometimes Gets Erection While Performing

In the latest issue of Sweden's premiere metal magazine Close-Up, DISTURBED frontman David Draiman gets all "cocky" when discussing his stage presence.

"Sometimes I actually get an erection when I perform on stage," he tells the magazine.

"Er, you get a hard-on when you sing?" the interviewer asks.

"I'm an erotically charged person," Draiman replies. "The atmosphere around me, all the energy that I get from the crowd and the beautiful women that I make eye contact with on stage all contribute to that kind of blood-rush."

DISTURBED's third album, "Ten Thousand Fists" (Reprise), debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard Top 200 chart with sales of 238,000. This marks the band's second No. 1-charting album, after 2002's "Believe" slammed into the top of the chart (with first-week sales of 284,000), building on the momentum of their triple-platinum debut "The Sickness".

Next up for DISTURBED is a headlining position on the Jägermeister Music Tour. The first leg launches November 4 in Minneapolis, with the band playing multiple nights in intimate venues throughout most of the 32-date trek.

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Vote For Your Favorite HBB Video Of The Year

MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the top metal videos of 2005. They have compiled 50 of the hottest metal and hardcore videos that premiered on the "Ball" this year — including LIFE OF AGONY's "Love to Let You Down", ARCH ENEMY's "Nemesis", BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's "In This River", CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's "Stone Breaker", DARK TRANQUILLITY's "The New Build", DISTURBED's "Stricken" and THE HAUNTED's "No Compromise". To vote for your favorite video, go to www.mtv2.com. The results will be seen on "Headbanger's Ball" and in an upcoming issue of Revolver.

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Disturbed Debuts At #1 On Billboard Top 200

According to a press release, DISTURBED's third album, "Ten Thousand Fists" (Reprise), has debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard Top 200 chart with sales of 238,000. This marks the band's second No. 1-charting album, after 2002's "Believe" slammed into the top of the chart (with first-week sales of 284,000), building on the momentum of their triple-platinum debut "The Sickness".

"We've always done things our own way and to have our efforts saluted by our fans is really the ultimate reward," said DISTURBED in a joint statement.

The dramatic arrival of "Ten Thousand Fists" coincides with the Top 5 active rock single "Stricken", of which frontman David Draiman has noted: "It's about those moments when someone comes into your life and it's almost as if you've been afflicted with a disease you can't get rid of. Devastating and debilitating." The band filmed the song's video in an abandoned Los Angeles hospital with director Nathan Cox (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, MARILYN MANSON, KORN, LINKIN PARK, STAIND). It is highlighted by dynamic performance footage of DISTURBED interspersed with a wide range of stirring images.

The buzz on "Ten Thousand Fists" began in July when the band made the song "Guarded" available on iTunes. Although "Guarded" wasn't officially released as a single — the track was offered to specialty metal radio shows — it vaulted into the Top Ten at Mainstream Rock radio as a result of popular demand. In addition, the album's title track was featured in EA Sports' mega-popular "Madden 2006" football game. Rock fans also got a taste of "Ten Thousand Fists" ahead of its street date when the band debuted songs from it on a frenzied North American summer tour that ran from August 3 to September 18.

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