After catching a somewhat condensed set by Disturbed at last year's Rockstar Mayhem Festival, I realized two things about the band. Number one, they are all incredibly talented musicians, and about as tight of a band you will ever see live. And number two, singer Dave Dramian is not only one of the most charismatic front man around, but he can also work a crowd like few others can. So after realizing all this I told myself that the next time Disturbed hit the Bay Area I would with out a doubt catch their show, which is why I made a trek down to San Jose on a Tuesday night.
When the lights dimmed, the crowd roared, and Disturbed front man Dave Draiman was wheeled out onto the stage strapped to a dolly while wearing a straight jacket and Hannibal Lector type mask, I knew it was going to be a good show, and Draiman and his band didn't disappoint. The packed venue was in the hands of the band from the word go, and as Draiman asked the crowd "Are you breathing"? and "Are you feeling Indestructible tonight"?, they responded by pumping their fists high into the air. Draiman is an extremely enigmatic singer, and seems to know exactly just what to say to get a reaction from the audience. The band was also feeding of their singer's energy, with guitarist Don Donegan and bassist John Moyer constantly running from side to side of the stage, while occasionally meeting up in the middle to exchange some riffage. After a their version of Genisis' "Land Of Confusion", the four members really locked into a groove, and delivered 'Deify", "Stupified", and "Divide", among others, with the precision of a well oiled machine. And although they walked of stage after a smokin' rendition of "The Game", the entire crowd knew there was more to come, and Disturbed returned and gave the crowd "Inside The Fire", and of course, "Down With The Sickness". I think it's safe to say that everyone it the venue was indeed down.
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Photos and Review by: Raymond Ahner