House of Blues - San Diego, California, 3/20
When rumors of Disturbed's return began to surface last year, many wondered if the band would actually begin to write music and tour again. It had been almost 5 years since the release of "Asylum" and Disturbed had not toured together formally since 2011. Was this finally the news the Disturbed Ones were so eagerly awaiting? On June 23rd., 2015 the world awoke to a new single, "The Vengeful One" and news that the Disturbed was finally back together after a 4 year hiatus.
Sunday's SOLD OUT show at the House of Blues in San Diego could not come soon enough. To see an iconic band like Disturbed in such an intimate setting was going to be amazing. As I pulled up to park, I noticed a massive line of die-hard fans that wrapped around an entire city block. Fists were pumping, fans were screaming, and we were not even in the venue yet. If this rabid excitement was any indication of how the show would turn out, we were all in for a real treat that evening.
Disturbed hit the stage around 9:30 pm, and this capacity crowd of over 1200 went absolutely nuts as their opening video came to an abrupt and powerful end. The crowd pushed towards the stage as the lights went black and the band ripped into their opening song, "10,000 Fists". Fans were actually lifted off the floor as the crowd packed into the pit, fists clenched and pushed towards the sky - what an awesome sight to see! Over the next hour an a half, fans were treated to a high octane show that never saw a break in energy or intensity.
Whether you were with Disturbed back in 1997 or a newly minted fan today, there were songs for everyone. Classics like "Prayer", "Stricken", and the Genesis cover "Land of Confusion" laid the foundation for a 16 song set that far exceeded everyone's' expectations. The highlight of the night for me was a haunting rendition of the Simon & Garfunkel classic "The Sound of Silence". Simply epic. Disturbed then closed down the show with an encore consisting of "Voices" and "Down With the Sickness". Couldn't have been a more fitting way to end an incredible show!
Walking back to my car, I can honestly say that this may be one of the best concerts I have been to in recent memory. Disturbed band members Dave Draiman (Vocals), John Moyer (Bass), Dan Donegan (Guitar), and Mike Wengren (Drums) put on a spectacular show that is second to none. If you are lucky enough to see Disturbed on their "Immortalized" tour this year, you will no doubt see one of the most passionate and hardest rocking bands on the scene today.
Stay Frosty and Rock On!