"some music was meant to stay underground..."


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


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.

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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 Guitarist Talks About New Material

DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan gave a brand new interview to "The Big Rock Show" about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the group's new album and the band's future plans. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On what DISTURBED has been up to in the last few months:

"We've just been writing. We've been real busy. Our personal lives have been busy as well. Mike [Wengren], our drummer, just got married a couple of weeks ago, and I just had a baby boy a little over a month ago. We're all just kind of balancing family life and trying to get back in writing mode, which we've been kind of hitting it pretty hard. Before Mike's wedding and before the baby came, we wanted to get the majority of the material [for the next DISTURBED album] written, which we we seemed to be pretty successful at, so we're just kind of fine-tuning a lot of stuff right now."

On how the new DISTURBED material compares to previous albums:

"Definitely, as far as musically, it's a lot ballsier than we've written. There's gonna be those signature things that are us, just 'cause stylistically that's the way we perform, and David [Draiman], vocally, is always gonna sound like him, so… he's got some big melodic moments, but there's some still aggressive stuff — just a lot ballsier, I think. [We're] trying to get a good blend of the elements of the past three CDs to try to evolve into something fresh and new for us as well."

On the group's plans for the rest of the year and the possibility of live dates:

"Right now the gameplan is to hit the studio this fall. That's where our heads are at, that's where we feel… that we're ready for it, so as long as we get the green light from the record label to give us our budget and let us go in and make this record, then that's our main goal right now — just bang this out and get it ready. More than likely, we probably won't hit the road until after the first of the year, but I don't wanna rule that out — anything is possible in this business; things pop up all the time and opportunities pop up, but the main priority is, once we get into the stuio, it's highly unlikely that we're gonna leave until we're finished with the CD. I Once we get in that mode of recording, we like to just see it through and finish it."

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Disturbed To Be On Transformers Soundtrack

Chicago based rockers Disturbed are to contribute a new song titled "This Moment" to the Transformers soundtrack. The cd also features music from Linkin Park and Smashing Pumpkins amongst others.

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Jasta To Host Dimebag Darrell Black Tooth Bash

Hatebreed front man, Jamey Jasta, will be hosting this year’s Dimebag Darrell Black Tooth Bash on May 17, 2007 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Featuring a slough of guest performances, Dimebag’s Black Tooth Bash will be an all-star event, with all proceeds going to the Little Kids Rock foundation, Dimebag Darrell’s charity of choice. The Black Tooth Bash will include mash up performances by the Black Tooth Band, featuring Vinnie Paul Abbott, Scott Ian, John 5, Matt Byrne (Hatebreed), Ripper Owens, David Draiman (Disturbed), Bob Zilla (Damageplan) Dave Navarro, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and many more. The Black Tooth Band will cover material from Dimebag’s many projects – including Pantera classics. Jamey will close the night by performing as part of the Black Tooth Band and will be hosting the entire tribute event.

Jasta will also be introducing a special performance by the L.A. division of The Little Kids Rock Foundation, showing the fruits of the foundation’s labors. The Black Tooth Bash is an apropos tribute to Dimebag’s impact on metal and his ardent dedication to bringing the arts to children. In support of the Black Tooth Bash, Coffin Case, Seymour Duncan, Dean Guitars, Schecter Guitars, EMG Pickups and GHS Strings have jumped on as the evening’s sponsors.

Preceding the Black Tooth Bash is the Six String Masterpieces: The Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute auction, where over 60 hand-painted Dean guitars (painted by celebrities and famous tattoo artists) will be auctioned off. Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Little Kids Rock Foundation, helping bring music programs to public schools throughout the US. Fittingly, Dimebag will also be inducted into the Hollywood Rockwalk at noon the same day, establishing his timeless impact on the rock and metal world.

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Injuries Plague Disturbed Concerts

Disturbed continue to rack up the injuries at their concerts. At their December 21st show at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, IA 13 people were injured. 10 people were treated at St. Luke's Hospital with one taken into surgery. There was a total of 7,186 people in attendance with a maximum capacity of 7,500.

The incident comes after up to 30 people were injured at Disturbed's recent show in in Green Bay, WI due to over-crowding.

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Final Saw III Soundtrack Tracklisting Revealed

The current reigning champ of all of the horror film franchises – Saw – will have the third and most psychologically intense installment of the series – Saw III hit theaters on October 27th. Fans of the series will be excited to hear that the Saw III Soundtrack (Artists' Addiction Records) will feature twenty tracks from of some of the hardest, bone crushing rock bands on the planet including: Blue October, Slayer, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Ministry, and many others. Brand new exclusive tracks from Static X "No Submission," and Drowning Pool "No More," are stand out songs on the Saw III Soundtrack.

Saw III (Twisted Pictures & Lionsgate) stars Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell. Jigsaw has disappeared. With his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Jeff (Angus Macfayden) are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.

Saw star Shawnee Smith makes a cameo singing backup vocals on Hydrovibe's track "Killer Inside" on the Saw III Soundtrack.

"I've am a huge fan of this band Hydrovibe!," commented Shawnee. "Heather St. Marie has a breathtakingly beautiful voice as powerful as my character in the Saw films: Amanda. I'm thrilled our female fan base has a movie and a soundtrack to sink our patent leather stilettos into."

Here is the final track listing for the Saw III soundtrack (as well as a couple of audio streams): More...

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Disturbed Announce Music as a Weapon 3 Lineup

Disturbed have announced the full line up for their upcoming Music as a Weapon 3 tour.The full North American tour will feature:

Stone Sour

Confirmed dates are as follows:

Nov. 15 - Providence, RI
Nov. 17 - Portland, ME
Nov. 18 - Hartford, CT
Nov. 19 - Amherst, MA
Nov. 21 - Manchester, NH
Nov. 22 - Glens Falls, NY
Nov. 24 - Battle Creek, MI
Nov. 25 - Dayton, OH
Nov. 28 - Nashville, TN
Nov. 29 - Atlanta, GA
Dec. 01 - Fort Myers, FL
Dec. 02 - Orlando, FL
Dec. 03 - Biloxi, MS
Dec. 05 - Hollywood, FL
Dec. 06 - Jacksonville, FL
Dec. 09 - Dallas, TX
Dec. 10 - Oklahoma City, OK
Dec. 12 - Lincoln, NE
Dec. 14 - Chicago, IL
Dec. 15 - Indianapolis, IN
Dec. 16 - Detroit, MI
Dec. 18 - Peoria, IL
Dec. 19 - Green Bay, WI
Dec. 21 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Dec. 22 - Madison, WI

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Early Live Footage of Disturbed Available

An early DISTURBED live video clip, recorded at CBGB in New York City, has been posted online at YouTube.com.

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman recently underwent successful surgery to fix a deviated septum which was making breathing difficult and affecting his vocal abilities on stage. The Chicago-based band is currently on tour in Europe and is planning its third Music As A Weapon tour (also featuring STONE SOUR) for sometime this fall. More...

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David Draiman's Surgery Is Successful

DISTURBED's David Draiman underwent successful surgery on August 15 to fix a deviated septum which was making breathing difficult and affecting his vocal abilities on stage.

As it has been reported in the press, the band has been forced to miss numerous shows on their current album cycle due to the problems David was encountering with his voice. Draiman went through the process of visiting many specialists over the last calendar year before doctors arrived at the conclusion that he would need to undergo septo-plasty to reverse and correct the damage that three broken noses have done to his septum over the last several years. The surgery will enable Draiman to breathe through his nose which takes pressure off of his throat and vocal chords that were becoming dry and irritated.

David said, "I'm excited and relieved that the surgery is over and cant wait to get back on the road to see our fans in Europe and to make up the dates we missed."

DISTURBED drummer Mike Wengren recently told Launch that the band has no intention of coming off the road anytime soon. According to Wengren, the Chicago-based band is already planning its third Music As A Weapon tour for sometime this fall. "After Ozzfest we're supposed to go over to Europe, and then when we come back, we're hoping to put together Music As A Weapon," he said. "I don't have any confirmed dates, but we're hoping that's gonna come out, you know, November-ish through, say, February of '07, you know. It's gonna be a nice, long run."

Previous Music As A Weapon tours have featured bands like CHEVELLE, TAPROOT and DROWNING POOL in addition to the headliners.

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Draiman To Go Under Knife, Might Miss A Few Shows

Ultimate-Guitar.com reports that DISTURBED vocalist David Draiman has had surgery to repair his stomach and lungs for an acid reflux problem, and now he's set for another operation. Draiman has had a rough time trying to keep his voice in shape for Ozzfest, but with some vocal exercises and proper rest and nutrition he's counteracting the drying out of his vocal cords. The vocalist said that a deviated septum caused by three broken noses forces him to breath through his mouth, drying out his vocal cords.

"I'm actually going in for surgery after this is done," Draiman said. "I have to correct a deviated septum. It's called a septoplasty. My nose has been broken three times, so I've got all kinds of broken cartilage and shrapnel and stuff in there. Most people's septums are straight, mine is kind of like an 'S'."

Draiman added that it's not exactly a pretty operation.

"Well, they need to cut a piece here, lift up the whole flap of my nose, cut out the septum, and they tell me that the scar tissue portion will grow back, and they're taking out all the broken pieces," he said. "So my nose is going to look a little different after the whole procedure is done, but this is something that will hopefully enable me to breathe a lot better. It's been one of the factors in what continues to happen with my voice. I don't sleep properly, and I will breathe through my mouth and dry out my vocal chords every single night, and the whole next day I'm trying to repair the damage. It's just a vicious cycle. So I'm just trying to eliminate all the X-factors that are involved and do everything I can so that I can maintain."

Draiman hopes to heal in time so the band can make up dates missed in Europe for their upcoming tour, which is slated to kick off September 14 in Munich, Germany.

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Ozzfest 2006 Comes To Bristow, Virginia

Another year, another Ozzfest. After a star-studded lineup for its ten year anniversary last year, Ozzfest was faced with the challenge of putting together yet another great lineup for its eleventh year. When I went to Bristow, VA on Sunday, August 6, 2006, I was wondering just how good a lineup they managed to scrape together. I knew the bands that were playing, but the real question remained whether the main stage bands could hold their own with primarily younger, nu-metal bands on it and Ozzy closing out the second stage.

The temperatures had fortunately dropped from the 105F degree humid days of only a few days earlier, but the sky was crystal clear for most of the day and the intense sun beating down on you in the 90F degree temperatures was still enough to take a lot out of you and require constant re-hydration. More...

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Disturbed Tap Stone Sour For Music As A Weapon III

Launch Radio Networks reports: DISTURBED has tapped STONE SOUR to appear on its third Music As A Weapon tour. More acts will be announced soon, as well as dates, cities and venues for the trek, which will begin sometime in November. Ironically, DISTURBED is currently co-headlining Ozzfest while STONE SOUR is a featured main stage act on the competing Family Values tour.

DISTURBED drummer Mike Wengren recently told Launch that Music As A Weapon III is likely to run into February of 2007.

Previous Music As A Weapon tours have featured bands like CHEVELLE, TAPROOT and DROWNING POOL in addition to the headliners.

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Disturbed And SOAD Ozzfest Clips Online

Several clips from the Ozzfest 2006 stop at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts on Tuesday (August 1) have been posted online. Check out performances from DISTURBED and SYSTEM OF A DOWN at YouTube.com.

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Ozzfest 2006 Stops In Indianapolis

On Sunday, July 23, the annual metal-gods tour known as Ozzfest, minus Ozzy, of course, rolled through Indianapolis, and the event passed without much out of the ordinary. The day saw a couple of fights, a lot of marijuana, a whole lot of ignorant people who harassed event staff at every turn, and a lot of people waiting to see the last three bands of the night without any knowledge of who played the second and early main stages—a typical Ozzfest. More...

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Draiman Wants To Wipe Out Hezbollah

Megan O'Toole of ChartAttack.com reports:

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman is an Israeli. His brother is in Jerusalem, and he has family in Haifa as well. One friend has been killed, another injured, and his frustration with the conflict between Israel and Lebanon is clear. So, too, is his allegiance.

"If Lebanon can't get rid of the Hezbollah threat, Israel is forced to do what it must. I don't think you'll see another nation in history that's had to deal with what Israel has had to deal with... There's only so far you can be pushed. Ultimately, [Hezbollah] committed an act of war: they crossed the border and kidnapped soldiers.

"I think we should wipe them all out — every terrorist, every war-mongering piece of garbage. We should congregate them all on one island and nuke it. A line must be drawn."

But Draiman's only telling me this because I asked. He's not the type of singer to stand on stage and deliver a monologue encapsulating his political opinions, especially on such a sensitive matter.

"I'm not there to preach," he says. "I'm not there to give people a reason to feel downtrodden.

"If people delve deep enough [into the music], the meaning is there for them to find."

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Disturbed Planning Next Music As A Weapon Tour

Launch Radio Networks reports: DISTURBED has no intention of coming off the road once Ozzfest ends next month. Drummer Mike Wengren told Launch that the Chicago-based band is already planning its third Music As A Weapon tour for sometime this fall. "After Ozzfest we're supposed to go over to Europe, and then when we come back, we're hoping to put together Music As A Weapon," he said. "I don't have any confirmed dates, but we're hoping that's gonna come out, you know, November-ish through, say, February of '07, you know. It's gonna be a nice, long run."

Previous Music As A Weapon tours have featured bands like CHEVELLE, TAPROOT and DROWNING POOL in addition to the headliners.

DISTURBED is co-headlining this summer's Ozzfest with SYSTEM OF A DOWN and, on selected dates, OZZY OSBOURNE. The show hits Scranton, Pennsylvania tomorrow (Wednesday, July 26).

DISTURBED recently released the video for its cover of the GENESIS hit "Land Of Confusion", the latest single from the band's "Ten Thousand Fists" album.

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Disturbed Drummer: "Tons of New Energy" On Ozzfest

Launch Radio Networks reports: DISTURBED is currently making its fourth Ozzfest appearance and first as a co-headliner. This year's event also has founder OZZY OSBOURNE playing less shows and headlining the second stage on many of the ones he is playing. DISTURBED drummer Mike Wengren told Launch that the changes have given the 11-year-old tour a boost. "This particular one has got a lot of new energy to it, to me," he said. "You know, one thing that's been really inspirational on this particular run is watching Ozzy headline second stage. I mean, he looks like he's 20 years younger, he's on fire, he's having a blast, and it's really been inspiring us and everybody else on the tour."

Osbourne has the rest of the week off before returning to the second stage on Saturday (July 22) in East Troy, Wisconsin.

DISTURBED and SYSTEM OF A DOWN will close the show tonight (Wednesday, July 19) in Detroit, Michigan and Friday (July 21) in Columbus, Ohio.

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Disturbed Post 'Land Of Confusion' Video Online

The video for DISTURBED's cover of the GENESIS hit "Land Of Confusion", directed by renowned comic artist Todd McFarlane, has been posted online at Music.AOL.com. The memorable GENESIS clip used eerie puppets to poke fun at figures such as Ronald Reagan, and DISTURBED singer David Draiman told Launch that the song's political content made a new version timely. "I think that that was part of the impetus of recording it," he said. "Danny (Donegan, guitarist) actually came up with the idea of trying it. I wasn't really all for it in the beginning. I'm not a huge PHIL COLLINS fan. But I couldn't deny that the lyrical content of the song made sense and definitely fit the type of lyrical directions that I go in."

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Avenged Sevenfold and DragonForce On Ozzfest 2006

It comes as little surprise that Avenged Sevenfold have been officially confirmed as the mystery band on the main stage for Ozzfest 2006. The real surprise announcement is that power metal band Dragonforce, recently signed to Roadrunner Records in North America and rumored to be joining Gigantour 2006, has been added as the main stage opener as well.

Ozzy Osbourne is now slated to headline the second stage on three dates (replacing some dates that he was previously thought to be headlining the main stage):

July 8 - San Bernardino, CA's Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen
July 11 - San Antonio, TX at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 22 - East Troy, WI at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre

OZZY says, "After 10 years of headlining Ozzfest's main-stage I think it's time for a change. I haven't had a chance to play this close to an audience in years and I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to it."

Also announced is that Ozzfest emcee Big Dave and professional Ozzfest party guy, Eddie, have begun their nationwide search visiting 19 of the festival's 26 cities to find the first-ever Miss Ozzfest. The duo will be accepting entries and taking photographs of Miss Ozzfest candidates in each city. Throughout the summer the Ozzfest fans can vote for your favorites at Ozzfest.com. All entries collected from Big Dave and Eddie will be posted for you to vote on. The top three in each city will be awarded FREE tickets to the show in their city, where at some point during the evening's festivities, the three contestants will be presented on stage to the fans who will vote on a winner. Photos of each winning contestant, including the top vote getters from Raleigh and West Palm Beach, will be posted once again on Ozzfest.com, where fans can pick their Miss Ozzfest 2006. Final voting will be held at Ozzfest.com on August 7 and 8. The winning beauty will be awarded the grand prize and receive round trip airfare and accommodations for her and a guest to attend the year's final show August 13 in West Palm Beach where she'll be crowned Miss Ozzfest 2006.

Here's a recap of the complete official Ozzfest 2006 lineup and tour dates: More...

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Bad Acid Trip Confirmed For Ozzfest 2006

In case you missed the quiet announcement (like we did), California metallers Bad Acid Trip have been added to the second stage for this summer's Ozzfest. The band, which has toured with System of a Down, released their debut, Lynch the Weirdo, on System frontman Serj Tankian's Serjical Strike label in 2004. The album was produced by System guitarist Daron Malakian. This year's Ozzfest begins June 29 in Auburn, Washington, and will run through August 13 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

To recap, the Ozzfest 2006 tour dates and lineup are as follows: More...

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MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge On AOL Music

"MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge" is now available for streaming in its entirety on AOL Music. The low priced, double-disc came out in stores on April 11, 2006 via Roadrunner Records. The double CD contains more than 2 1/2 hours of music. Disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.

Here is the full track listing: More...

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