Sept. 19, 2002
Chicago is Still Disturbed And "Down With The Sickness"
By Randy J. Klodz
Chicago-bred metal outfit Disturbed held their new album's release celebration
at the intimate Vic Theatre on Sept. 19, by playing a free, exclusive concert
that served both as a "Thank you" to the fans of Chicago, and a warm up for
Disturbed's supporting spot on Korn's "Pop Sux! Tour."
"We thought about holding this in a larger room," Disturbed vocalist
David Draiman said to the packed Vic Theatre crowd, "but we wouldn't feel
the sweat." Those in in attendance had to gain admittance to the show by winning
tickets from Chicago alternative-rock station Q101.
Disturbed—Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, bassist Fuzz and drummer
Mike Wengren—played a 13-song set that included previous hits "Stupify,"
"Down With The Sickness" and "Voices," but relied more on machine-gun lighting
and assaulting fans with a taste of their new songs. After all, the event
was titled the "'Believe' CD Release Show."
Disturbed released "Believe" on Sept. 17, the follow-up to their multi-platinum
debut album "The Sickness." Though the new album showcases Disturbed's fondness
for heavy-hitting metal on "Rise," "Liberate" and "Bound," Draiman and his
now-famous bald head and metallic goatee spend more time singing, instead
of barking, on this effort.
Midway through "Mistress," the green lights swirled as Draiman stood
upon the monitors and quietly sang: "Look at what you've done to me / You've
become my enemy / Poisoning the world for me / Take away my everything / Weakened
as I am," behind a rare guitar solo from Donegan. Other "Believe" tracks that
Disturbed showcased included "Devour," "Intoxication," "Remember" and the
new hit single "Prayer."
Disturbed and TRUSTcompany will serve as supports for Korn's tour that
begins on Oct. 8 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., and runs
through Nov. 11. Though the "Pop Sux! Tour" does not make its way through
Chicago, Draiman made amends with the crowd: "When we come back, we're gonna
play a room ten times this size," Draiman said to the crowd proceeding the
show's closer "Stupify."