Disturbed's David Draiman

Disturbed’s David Draiman Says He’s Sorry For Berating Woman For Texting During Live Show


Disturbed frontman David Draiman has now publicly apologized to Shannon Pardue—whom he infamously berated for texting during the band’s recent show in Dallas, TX. After his initial rant against her, Draiman also later went on to state in a Facebook posting: “That woman was not a fan. She was the date of a real fan who was standing next to her. She was face in phone from the moment the show started till the very end.” Pardue herself later told her side of the story, revealing that she was texting with her daughter who was in the middle of a hail storm during the set. Speaking to Loudwire, Draiman offered:

“You know when I did what I did, it wasn’t me trying to push her away. It was a matter of me trying to engage her. It’s what I’ve done for years and in most circumstances if there is someone who is being passive. They respond positively, ‘Oh, he acknowledged me. He’s really watching. I will get into it and he’s actually paying attention to me’ and they become more involved. It’s very unfortunate that it backfired obviously with her.

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I wasn’t privy to the information of what she had going on and when I made my original Facebook post that information had not yet come out. I feel badly about it and I am sorry. I can only say at this particular point that I think that that tactic may be something that I from here on out remove from my live repertoire because obviously there is the chance of me making that scenario happen again if I don’t have the information that would keep me from making that mistake.

So again, I feel badly about it and I am sorry. I never want anyone to leave one of our shows feeling badly. The whole idea is to pull them and to make them feel empowered and sometimes you’ve got to be a little forceful when you do that and if she got rubbed the wrong way, that is something that I regret.”

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