After releasing a new album Evolution last fall, Chicago’s own Disturbed has hit the road across the US and made a tour stop at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado Wednesday night January 16. Canadian chart champions Three Days Grace would team up for a night of reflection, love, and inspiring music.
Led by vocalist Matt Walst, Three Days Grace ripped through songs that spanned six albums with landing on a couple from their recent album Outsider released last year. They led off with “The Mountain” and received a loud crowd reaction from “Infra-Red” which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart breaking Van Halen’s two-decade record of 14. There were old school mosh pits happening at various places throughout the arena and it amplified as the band broke into live favorites “I Hate Everything About You” and set closer “Riot” which brought the fans to their feet jumping and singing along. Walst proclaimed that the Denver crowd was the “Loudest yet” on the tour.
My brothers, my sister’s my blood, speak to me! That was an opening message spoken and projected for fans as they anticipated Disturbed. After a montage of images and history flashing on the giant LED screen, the band erupted into “Are You Ready” as lead vocalist David Draiman walked front and center at the top of the stacked diamond stage. The songs “Prayer” and “The Vengeful On” came quickly after. Draiman then spotted a boy with a sign that read he wanted to sing “Stupify” onstage. His name was Tyler and although a bit nervous did a wonderful job singing and enjoying the spotlight onstage.
One of the more powerful moments of the show happened when the band paused for a song dedication. Drummer Mike Wengren had just lost his dog Simon and when a photo of his dog was displayed on the screen, it choked him up as he pumped his chest. Draiman recalled loosing his dog in Denver a few years back and dedicated the song “Hold On To Memories” to him as a video montage animated photos of famous musicians, family members, and friends the band had lost over the years.
There was a secondary intimate stage set lit with candles where the band gathered and played beautiful acoustic versions of “A Reason To Fight” and “Watch Me Burn”. Draiman talked about suicide and addition and reflected on important people who are gone such as Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell. He mentioned that “Chris is the best vocalist to ever walk this earth” and wishes he could have been at the tribute concert in Los Angeles being held the same night. After the band made its way back to the main stage, the band continued to honor all of the love ones lost as they performed a hauntingly epic version of ‘The Sound Of Silence”.
What’s left for one of the most successful rock bands on the planet? With the Grammy nominations, selling millions of albums, and touring the world, Disturbed forges forward and continues to EVOLVE.