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Disturbed’s David Draiman Opens Up On His Recent Struggles With Depression & Suicidal Thoughts


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Disturbed vocalist David Draiman delivered an emotional speech to the audience during his band’s May 04th live appearance at the ‘Hog Fest‘ in Milwaukee, WI. During the set he took the time to address the audience, opening up his and his bandmates struggles with depression and addiction. You can watch that powerful moment for yourself below.

Referencing his band’s own track of the same name “A Reason To Fight“, Draiman offered:

“A reason to fight. We all need one. The demons that are known as addiction and depression are very, very real. They are diseases no different than cancer. You can’t see depression. You can’t see addiction. It festers inside. It metastasizes, takes over your body and mind, your soul.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of losing everybody I love to depression and addiction. Every single bandmember on this stage has dealt with those feelings, with those demons. And I miss the friends that we’ve lost. I miss Chester [Bennington, singer of Linkin Park], I miss Scott [Weiland, singer of Stone Temple Pilots] I miss Chris [Cornell, singer/guitarist of Soundgarden.]

And if I can be completely honest with you, a couple months ago, I almost joined them. Addiction and depression can happen to anyone ladies and gentlemen. No one is immune from it no matter how beautiful their life may look from the outside.

No matter how blessed they may seem. It’s out of our control. Now by a show of hands how many of you have dealt with the demons of addiction and depression yourself or know someone that has? Keep ’em up. Now take a look around this arena.

As you can see my friends, you are not alone.”

Draiman has faced much adversity in recent times, having gone through a divorce with his wife, while also mourning the passing of his beloved dog Gabriel. Disturbed‘s current touring plans run as follows:

With Theory Of A Deadman:

05/10 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
05/12 Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre

Disturbed:

06/07 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock
06/08 Donnington, UK – Download Festival
06/12 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle (feat. Asking Alexandria)
06/14 Stockholm, SWE – Grona Lund
06/16 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/17 Landgraaf, NET – Pinkpop Festival
06/18 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal (feat. I Prevail)
06/21 Wetzikon, SWI – Heavy Load Festival
06/28 Tel Aviv, ISR – Bitan 1

With Breaking Benjamin & Jinjer:

07/11 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
07/13 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
07/15 Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
07/16 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
07/18 Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
07/20 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
07/22 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
07/23 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
07/25 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
07/27 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
07/29 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
07/31 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
08/01 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
08/03 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

With TBA:

08/05 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

With Breaking Benjamin & Jinjer:

08/07 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
08/09 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live

With Jinjer:

08/11 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

With Breaking Benjamin & Jinjer:

08/12 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
08/15 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

With Jinjer:

08/18 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

With Breaking Benjamin & Jinjer:

08/19 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
08/21 Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
08/23 Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
08/26 Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
08/27 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
08/29 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/30 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/01 Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
09/02 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center

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