Chicago hard rockers Disturbed are in the midst of their fourth “Music As a Weapon” tour, a vehicle for their own touring — in this case supporting the 2008 album, “Indestructible,” the quartet’s third consecutive No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart — but also a chance to put together a headbanging bill to rival other popular road packages.
And frontman David Draiman says that task hasn’t gotten easier over the years.
“The options tend to become more and more scarce, unfortunately,” says Draiman, 36. “It’s never too difficult to find baby bands, so to speak, for openers. But it’s very difficult to find the main support and support acts because a lot of these bands have dropped off the face of the earth.
“Part of the whole little kitschy element to the name ‘Indestructible’ is we’re one of the last ones standing. We’re one of the last bands of our genre that’s still out there doing what we’re doing — and we’re very thankful to our unbelievably loyal and dedicated fan base for that.”
Disturbed’s success includes total sales of more than 10 million albums, a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance earlier this year and headlining spots on OzzFest, the “Jägermeister Music” tour and last year’s inaugural Mayhem Festival. Nevertheless, the idea of being an “elder statesman” after 14 years and four albums is “very surreal” to Draiman and his bandmates.
“I still have a hard time swallowing that,” he says. “I’m very flattered by it, but I don’t know how to take it. It’s nice to finally achieve that, but we still are learning so much on a continuous basis. With every record cycle we continue to grow, and we’re certainly not done. I just try not to pay attention and just focus on our band our music, you know?”
Disturbed headlines the “Music As a Weapon IV” tour, which plays 7 p.m. Saturday (May 2) at Cobo Arena, 301 Civic Center Drive, Detroit. Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil and Chimaira are also on the bill. A tattoo exhibition will open at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Wayne Hall at Cobo Convention Center. Tickets are $37.50. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.
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