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This month, our editors had an opportunity to attend one of the Disturbed concerts from their Evolution Tour in Minneapolis. It was an emotional and inspiring experience that only few bands can reproduce. Disturbed managed to connect with the audience on a level that most artists avoid or aren’t able to, while spreading his message of unity and love. Read on to find out what it’s like to experience Disturbed live in concert.
Disturbed is a heavy metal band who hails from Chicago, Illinois. The band includes vocalist David Draimen, bassist John Moyer, guitarist/keyboardist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They came together in 1997 and have since created seven studio albums. Their album, The Sickness, launched them into stardom in 2000. So far, their albums include:
- The Sickness (2000)
- Believe (2002)
- Ten Thousand Fists (2005)
- Indestructible (2008)
- Asylum (2010)
- Immortalized (2015)
- Evolution (2018)
Disturbed has been nominated for several awards over the years including one Billboard Music Award, two Grammys, and four iHeart Radio awards of which they have won one in 2017 for Best Rock Artist of the Year. Their success continues with their current tour, the Evolution Tour, that is sweeping across the United States as well as all over the world.
Disturbed Evolution Tour
Disturbed’s Evolution Tour started in January 2019 in the United States. The opening act for the North American tour is Three Days Grace. This part of the tour will run through April when Disturbed will head overseas to finish out their tour in July.
Disturbed is taking their music all over the world. They started their Evolution tour on January 9th, 2019 in San Diego, California. They will tour all over the United States and Canada including Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Washington DC, and many more. Their European tour kicks off on April 18th in Madrid, Spain and will travel to locations like Israel, Italy, Amsterdam, Vienna, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
For a full list of tour dates, see below:
February 16 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
February 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
February 20 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
February 21 – Washington DC – Capital One Arena
February 23 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
February 25 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
February 27 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
March 1 – Montreal, QC – Place Bell
March 2 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
March 4 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
March 5 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
March 7 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
March 8 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
April 18 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
April 19 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
April 21 – Zurich, Switzerland – Halle 622
April 22 – Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
April 24 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
April 25 – Munich, Germany – Zenith
April 27 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal
April 28 – Hamburg, Germany – Sporthalle Hamburg
April 30 – Stockholm, Sweden – Annexet
May 1 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
May 3 – Copenhagen, Denmark – K.B. Hallen
May 4 – Berlin, Germany – Verti Music Hall
May 6 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium
May 7 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live
May 9 – Paris, France – Elysée Montmartre
May 11 – London, United Kingdom – Alexandra Palace
May 13 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – O2 Academy Glasgow
May 14 – Manchester, United Kingdom – O2 Apollo Manchester
For true Disturbed fans it’s possible you remember just where you were the first time you heard “Stupify” or “Down with the Sickness.” Similar thoughts and questions most likely arose in your mind as you head bobbed willingly to the sound, “Who is this band?”, “Whose voice is that?”, “These guys sound amazing!”. Their unique sound was unmistakable and turned them into a top rock band almost overnight with their release of the album, “The Sickness.” Rock fans of all ages flocked to own this album and their songs rang out from high school locker rooms to commuters heading to work. David Draimen’s voice was like nothing anyone had ever heard. It was edgy like a lead howler, but yet harmonious and smooth, penetrating your soul as if he was only singing to you alone.
The band has always stayed true to themselves by putting difficult subjects and controversial subject matter into its lyrics. However, the message was never to degrade anyone or single out a particular demographic, but instead bring attention to the masses and send a message of strength and unity. This was obvious upon their release of Disturbed’s second album “Believe.” Across the cover was a mashing of many symbols of religion. Again, this was not meant to say any one religion is better than the rest, but everyone must have something to believe and we must all unit together in love if we are to progress.
The music of Disturbed has continued to be controversial for some, but undeniably full of meaning and has touched the fans deeply over the course of 20 years. Not many albums can one put on and listen to start to finish and feel changed as a person after it’s complete. Afterwards, only to find yourself replaying it from the top and listening completely through again. This is the kind of story arc the fans have grown to love and come to expect from their albums. This latest release of “Evolution” has reignited that feeling we all had 20 years ago.
Nostalgia is a powerful drug and you’re sure to get a strong dose when you see them live for their latest world tour. Disturbed has been putting on one of the best rock shows of all time for years. You’ll feel the heat (literally) and the emotion from start to finish as they pour out their message and share themselves with you. You might not believe it’s possible to share intimate moments with a heavy metal rock band, but then again, there is no other band like Disturbed.
One of the most impressive shows of humility and kindness was a moment when David retold the concert crowd a touching story about two fans, Paige and Morgan, who had given him a letter earlier at a meet and greet, describing how important and helpful Disturbed’s new album had become to them after a personal loss. He then brought both of them on stage and performed the song that Paige had listened to
on repeat after her dad’s death. The self-awareness, humility, and strong will to help and connect was evident in David’s every word and every lyric.
Disturbed Concert Crowd
What was great and also surprising to see was how diverse the age demographics, as well as the gender demographics of the concert goers for Disturbed were. Unlike many other bands that attract mostly female or mostly male or a specific age population, Disturbed seems to appeal to young and old, male and female. There were families of several generations at the concert. You could see couples, moms and daughters, dads and sons, the whole family unit with grown adult children, as well as teenagers. Some families brought their school aged children, most likely to introduce them to their favorite band. Everyone was able to relate to the lyrics and the energy of the band, chanting words and pumping fists in unison, like one, regardless of the background, age, sex or political affiliation.
Disturbed Concert Message
In contrast with other performers in this vertical, Disturbed did not come out on stage to just play music. They came out to energize the crowd, to spread their message, and to inspire. And they succeeded.
The show’s message, like their whole album, was one of unity. To come together as one against the powers that make us divided. To question the status quo. To be united and supportive of each other. To help those who struggle. To stand up to mindless wars and political division that is created to control us. To fight depression, addiction and suicide. To take down barriers that keep us from being happy and being together. To connect despite our backgrounds, religious and political beliefs, race and sex. Many of the songs of their newest album Evolution, echoed that message, which made it even more powerful.
There wasn’t a single person in the Disturbed concert crowd that left uninspired. I know we went home full of will to fight, with open hearts and lots of love for our human race.
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