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Disturbed’s David Draiman Reveals How He Reacted To Recent Comments By Mastodon’s Brent Hinds


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Mastodon vocalist/guitarist Brent Hinds made headlines earlier this month when he voiced his dislike for touring with Disturbed and sharing the stage with them back on the 2008 ‘Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival‘. While that was enough to cause some controversy, Hinds also offhandedly used a homophobic slur while voicing his opinion on the matter. The band’s drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor would later issue this apology in regards to those matters.

The interview in question took place on an since-pulled episode of Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta‘s ‘The Jasta Show‘. When Hinds was asked by Jasta about any potential bucket list tours, Hinds instead shifted the topic to Disturbed and their fans, stating:

“No. I did a lot of tours I didn’t want to do though, like Disturbed and all that Mayhem stupid bullshit. Gay ass shit. You gotta fuckin’ open up for Disturbed. You gotta play to people that like Disturbed.

When asked if Disturbed fans were receptive to Mastodon, he replied:

“It was the ‘Mayhem Fest‘, you know, just a fuckin’ bunch of drunk Americans. They’re receptive to anything, I imagine. There’s tons of tours I want to do, but there’s most tours… our first tour for Relapse was with Dying Fetus and some other fucking band. It was horrible. I didn’t want to do that tour.”

Asked recently by Loudwire Nights about how he reacted to those comments, Disturbed frontman David Draiman first shared his respect for the band themselves, replying:

“You know, I have nothing but the greatest respect and admiration for the Mastodon guys. I have been a fan since day one, I continue to be a fan. I think that there’s just too much mutual respect and admiration. And they knew it — they knew we liked them. We were cool with each other throughout our touring times together. We’re genuine fans.”

Draiman continued:

“It was surprising, to say the least. And you know what Brent? I hope that — just know from my end — I bare no ill will, and if at any given point in time those guys are somewhere and we can break bread or have a drink together, I’m always down. I don’t hold it against them or him or anything. Too often, these things are made more of than they really should be. Everything is trying to pit one musician against another musician. Who knows? Maybe he was having a bad day and maybe it is like what the Mastodon guys said. Who knows? God knows I haven’t had all glorious moments in my past in the press, so everybody’s human and I don’t begrudge anyone. It’s all good.”

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