It’s kind of a bummer knowing you’ll never go to Woodstock, that you missed seeing Prince live, that the closest you ever got to hearing Old Blue Eyes is attending his not-so-talented son’s tribute show. Regrets are something you deal with as a rock fan sometimes; you just accept that you came along too late to catch Little Richard, Elvis, Joplin, Hendrix. The dream of experiencing music gods live … it’s never going to be a reality. In that vein, I remember my heart racing when this popped up on my Facebook feed last year.
Out of nowhere, with no warning, The Guy was waking up. One day he’s on life support, and the next he’s rising up, staring into the camera, and grinning. That’s when I knew that one of my dreams was going to be a reality. Disturbed was back. I caught their reunion show in Chicago a few months later, and I’ve been fortunate enough to see them several times since then. Two fond memories: Rock on the Range when the entire crowd held their cells phones and lighters in the air for “Sound of Silence” and this video, shot at Red Rocks during “The Light.”
David Draiman’s vocals are perhaps one of the best in his genre, Dan Donegan and John Moyer slam their guitars with pure elation and Mike Wengren lights up the kit. They have not wavered in the year since returning, putting on some of the most energetic sets in rock, treating fans to old and new hits, and leading the audience in that cheer of solidarity I always wanted to be a part of: “We. Are. Disturbed.”
Come get down with the sickness on October 2nd at Louisville, Kentucky’s Louder Than Life. It’s nothing short of a dream come true, every single time.
Photo and video credit: Robin Ervolina