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Disturbed Headlines Madison Square Garden For The First Time

by Lisa Schreiner

photo by Lisa Schreiner

After just about 25 years together, Disturbed took the reigns and headlined Madison Square Garden on February 25th, for the first time, accompanied by special guests Three Days Grace. It’s hard to believe that this twice-Grammy-nominated, powerful band, who seemingly was made to play the Garden, hadn’t done so before. The long-awaited show was met by the enthusiastic crowd’s anticipation of seeing the band accomplish this feat.

photo by Lisa Schreiner

From the opener “Are You Ready” to closing with “Down With the Sickness”, Disturbed gave an unwavering performance. Playing the world’s most famous arena could be intimidating, but this band turned any intimidation into fuel for their show.

Although mostly known for their hard rock tracks like “Stupify”, “Voices”, “Ten Thousand Fists” and “Stricken”, the Chicago-based band captivated with their cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence”; frontman David Drainman’s unmistakable voice both haunting and heavy.

photo by Lisa Schreiner

The music, provided by Dan Donegan (guitars), Mike Wengren (drums) and John Moyer (bass), completed a solid marriage to Drainman’s commanding vocals. Hard rock may have been riding in the backseat for a while as pop and pseudo-rock steered music for a while, but if Disturbed’s performance was any indication, it’s not only far from dead, it’s starting to take hold of the wheel again.

photo by Lisa Schreiner

Disturbed has a few more U.S. dates before heading overseas. You can check out their tour dates on their official site: http://www.disturbed1.com/tour

Set List:

Are You Ready

Prayer

The Vengeful One

The Animal

Stupify

Voices

Land of Confusion

Hold On to Memories

Ten Thousand Fists

The Game

A Reason to Fight

Watch You Burn

The Sound of Silence

Indestructible

Inside the Fire

Encore:

The Light

Stricken

No More

Down With the Sickness

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