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Disturbed’s David Draiman Reflects On 20th Anniversary Of His Audition For The Band


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Disturbed frontman David Draiman has reflected on his first audition for the band, which took place twenty years ago today, August 04th. He said of that via the band’s Facebook:

“20 YEARS AGO TODAY, I WENT TO AN AUDITION TO SING FOR A BAND WHO’S AD I HAD SEEN IN A LOCAL CHICAGO MUSIC PUBLICATION CALLED “THE ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER”.

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I WALKED INTO THEIR REHEARSAL SPOT ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO, AND…

…THE GUYS LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE FROM “SKID ROW”…LOL.

ALL WEARING FADED/FRAYED, ACID WASHED JEANS, FLANNEL SHIRTS (HALFWAY OPEN…OF COURSE…LOL), LONG, FEATHERED AND FLOWING HAIR, AND CONVERSE ALL STARS, WITH NO LACES, WITH THE TONGUES OUT.

I COULD NOT HAVE FELT MORE OUT OF PLACE…

I WAS WEARING JEAN SHORTS (YES…JEAN SHORTS), SANDALS, AND A PLAIN WHITE T-SHIRT, IN FULL “NORTH SIDE CHICAGO/STONER” MODE, LOL…

THE GUITAR PLAYER (DAN) AND I, HAD DISCUSSED OUR MUSICAL TASTES ON THE PHONE PRIOR TO MEETING, AND THE GUYS ASKED ME IF I KNEW ANY COVERS WE COULD JAM TOGETHER TO FEEL EACH OTHER OUT.

LOOKING AT THE P.A., AND SEEING THE MIC SITTING IN ITS STAND, I ASKED THEM, “DOES THE P.A. WORK?”

“YES.” THEY SAID.

“DO YOU GUYS HAVE ANY ORIGINALS YOU CAN PLAY?” I ASKED.

“YES.”, THEY SAID, “BUT WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO SING? YOU DIDN’T HAVE THE MUSIC AHEAD OF TIME, AND DIDN’T HAVE THE CHANCE TO WRITE ANYTHING TO IT?”

“I’LL COME UP WITH SOMETHING.”, I SAID, “JUST GO AHEAD AND PLAY, AND I’LL IMPROVISE”.

THEY BEGAN TO PLAY.

THE SOUND WAS HEAVY AND DARK. RHYTHMIC AND BEAUTIFUL, I WAS FASCINATED AND INTIMIDATED BY IT, ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

A COUPLE MINUTES INTO IT, I BEGAN MY OWN IMPROVISED LYRIC AND MELODY/RHYTHM.

THAT VERY FIRST JAM ENDED UP BECOMING OUR VERY FIRST SONG, “WANT”, OFF OF The Sickness.

HARD TO BELIEVE THAT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY. WHAT A CRAZY RIDE ITS BEEN, AND HOW FAR WE’VE COME, THANKS TO THE MOST PASSIONATE, AND DEDICATED FANS IN THE WORLD!

HERE’S TO ANOTHER 20 YEARS!

WE ARE…

DISTURBED.”

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