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Disturbed’s David Draiman Speaks On The Headlines His Decision To Abandon His Chin Piercings Generated


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Disturbed vocalist David Draiman is a bit puzzled to the fervent reaction his decision to abandon his long-time labret talon piercings generated. In an interview with Deutsche Welle that was published earlier this month, Draiman explained his decision to remove the jewelry, in part offering “It just felt kind of weird walking around like a 45-year-old Hot Topic kid.”

Speaking with Hard Drive Online in the below interview, Draiman commented of the various stories that arose in the wake of his decision to do away with his trademark accessories. He further explained that after the landmark success of their cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence“, he found he now had an increased profile. Here’s what he had to say:

“It used to be that whenever I walked around with my old piercing that I was very rarely recognized—it wasn’t a common thing. I could be somewhat incognito. Doesn’t matter anymore. Because my face was so front and center in that video [“The Sound Of Silence“] and it’s been viewed so many times by so many people, now it’s like it doesn’t matter if I have ’em or not, people know.

And to go to a question which I’m sure you’re going to ask in this interview anyway: Yeah, I felt it was time to do away with them. They’re cumbersome and just annoying and a pain. And it didn’t feel right at this age. I got all this nice salt and pepper going on over here.”

“What I thought was hysterical was is that when the Metal Hammer article came out earlier on in beginning of this whole story, it was pretty obvious I didn’t have ’em in, so why didn’t people lose their minds at that point? What was the catalyst that all of a sudden launched a hundred articles that people went crazy about it? I really don’t think that anybody’s going to buy or not buy a Disturbed album and/or ticket because I am or am not wearing my labret piercings.”

The band released their seventh studio album “Evolution” this past Friday, October 19th.

[via Blabbermouth]

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