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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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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.
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...
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."
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.
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.
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."
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...
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...
"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...
AOL Music Live/Network Live is currently streaming video footage of DISTURBED's February 21, 2006 performance at NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia. Catch this high-octane concert, on demand, on AOL Music at this location.
Launch Radio Networks reports: DISTURBED will shoot a video for its cover of the GENESIS hit "Land of Confusion" with Todd McFarlane directing. McFarlane, who also worked on the cover art for the band's latest album, "Ten Thousand Fists", has previously helmed clips for KORN and PEARL JAM. DISTURBED vocalist David Draiman told Launch what he likes about McFarlane's visual style. "It's very bitingly detailed, and very real," he said. "Todd habitually doesn't draw things that are overly pretty. He's really in touch with darker elements, he's really in touch with a lot of the attention to detail, even in the characters and the faces and the looks. He's got a very wide range of talent."
The memorable GENESIS video for "Land of Confusion" used eerie puppets in a political satire that poked fun at figures such as Ronald Reagan.
McFarlane told MTV.com that the DISTURBED version will show "a big view of the corporate world and how...the world is run by one giant thing, which is driven by greed and lust." The video is expected to be ready in June.
McFarlane is perhaps best known as the creator of the Spawn comics and toys. His McFarlane Toys has created action figures of comic characters, movie monsters, and musicians such as Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Slash and Angus Young.
DISTURBED is slated to appear on the main stage of this summer's Ozzfest, which begins on July 1 in San Francisco.
The dates have been announced for DISTURBED's rescheduled European tour with NEVERMORE. They are as follows:
Sep. 14 - München, GER @ Zenith
Sep. 15 - Fürth, GER @ Stadthalle
Sep. 17 - Berlin, GER @ Huxleys
Sep. 20 - Hamburg, GER @ Grosse Freiheit
Sep. 21 - Bremen, GER @ Aladin
Sep. 23 - Tilburg, NETH @ O13
Sep. 24 - Dortmund, GER @ Westfallenhalle 2
Sep. 26 - Amsterdam, NETH @ Paradiso
Sep. 27 - Köln, GER @ Palladium
Sep. 29 - Newcastle, UK @ Academy
Sep. 30 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
Oct. 02 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
Oct. 04 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Oct. 06 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Oct. 07 - Liverpool, UK @ Academy
Oct. 09 - London, UK @ Astoria
DISTURBED were forced to postpone their international tour dates last month after vocalist David Draiman suffered a recurrence of the severe inflammation of the vocal chords that he originally suffered last year.
"Having returned to the live arena too soon after his last vocal problems, recent dates of DISTURBED's North American tour have taken their toll on Draiman's voice and he has been advised by his doctor to take an extended break to ensure a complete recovery," the band's management wrote in a statement.
The initial dates for Ozzfest 2006 have been announced. The tour dates are as follows:
Jul. 01 - San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
Jul. 02 - Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
Jul. 07 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
Jul. 08 - San Bernardino, CA @ Hyundai Pavilion
Jul. 14 - Kansas City, KS @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul. 15 - St. Louis, MO @ UMB Bank Pavilion
Jul. 16 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Jul. 19 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Music Energy Center
Jul. 21 - Columbus, OH @ Germain Amphitheatre
Jul. 22 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Jul. 23 - Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jul. 26 - Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
Jul. 27 - Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul. 29 - New York, NY @ Randall's Island
Jul. 30 - Hartford, CA @ New England Dodge Music Center
Aug. 01 - Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Aug. 04 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at The Waterfront
Aug. 05 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
Aug. 06 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Virginia Beach
Aug. 09 - Raleigh, NC @ Alltel Pavilion
Aug. 13 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Sound Advice Amphiheatre
To recap, the official lineup for this year's Ozzfest is as follows:
OZZY OSBOURNE (10 shows only)
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
**Major main-stage band to be announced on May 23
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
Second Stage (rotating):
A LIFE ONCE LOST
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD
THE RED CHORD
FULL BLOWN CHAOS
WALLS OF JERICHO
ALL THAT REMAINS
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
Here is the lineup for Ozzfest 2006 according to a posting on Ozzfest.com, a few hours prior to the previously announced 9 p.m. EST:
System of A Down
Black Label Society
A Life Once Lost
Strapping Young Lad
The Red Chord
Full Blown Chaos
Walls of Jericho
All That Remains
Between The Buried and Me
A major mainstage act is also said to be announced on May 23rd. There's much speculation of this being Metallica, although their record label and the band have denied those rumors. The full press release posted on Ozzfest.com follows. More...
Bloodsimple took the stage with a fairly descent crowd. The boys came out with a furry of hard hitting drums by Chris Hamilton. Leading the pack on Bass is Kyle Sanders. Kyle was GREAT to photograph, with long ass dreads flying all over the place. Especially being left handed (Like myself), he was impressive to watch. Mike Kennedy and Nick Rowe supplied the Drop “D” guitar riffs and licks, followed by Tim Williams on vocals. This band had the crowd in a frenzy. The Mosh Pit was pretty impressive for a smaller venue (Pieres). I read some previous review on the fact that Tim’s voice has been alittle haggard. I can assure you, He was at full tilt. Very impressive. Although, the band didn’t come out and meet the crowd (At least to my knowledge), they definitely did one hell of a job. Entertaining to watch and sound good as hell. More...
MTV2 and Roadrunner Records have announced the release of the third installment in the successful series – MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL: THE REVENGE. The low priced, double-disc is due in stores on April 11, 2006.
On the heels of the Gold certification of the first installment, MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 1 and the success with MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 2, MTV2 and Roadrunner Records once again set out to gather the very best in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. The result is more than 2 1/2 hours of music on 2 CDs: 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.
In addition to the genre-defining anthems that represent the best of the show, there are enough rare and unreleased tracks to satisfy tastemaker metal fans as well. Packed with a total of 38 hard-charging tracks, this collection has 7 exclusive offerings. They include the Terry Date mix of Slipknot's "Before I Forget", and the live recording of Killswitch Engage's "A Bid Farewell", which both see their first CD release on this compilation. Other exclusives are brand new tracks from Hatebreed and Walls Of Jericho, both of which were written especially for this release (Hatebreed's lead vocalist, Jamey Jasta, is the host of the Headbangers Ball program on MTV2). A video for the Hatebreed track, entitled "To The Threshold", will air on video channels in March. A side project of Jasta's, Kingdom of Sorrow (which also includes members of Down, Crowbar and Seemless), also throws a brand new track into the ring. The compilation beat Dragonforce and 36 Crazyfists' record releases to the punch with fresh new tracks from these up-and-comers.
DOUBLE DISC TRACK LISTING More...
Glenn, the promoter for ProgPower USA has confirmed that Nevermore will NOT be at this year's festival, due to the Disturbed/Nevermore European being postponed until September. That conflicts with the festival date and Nevermore have officially withdrawn from the festival in order to continue with that potentially lucrative tour as of this morning.
"Obviously, I am beyond disappointed. I will now begin the search for a replacement. Please be patient as I have no idea how long the process will take," Glenn continued.
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."
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."
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.