Disturbed takes a certain amount of pride in its periodic Music As a Weapon package tours.
The Chicago quartet is a bona fide concert powerhouse in its own right, but it’s been able to use Music as a Weapon to not only hammer home that fact but also to show off a knack for introducing hot new headbangers — such as Mudvayne and Drowning Pool on past tours, and this year’s bill with the up-and-coming Flyleaf.
“You want bands that have something developing, something going on,” says frontman David Draiman. “There are some bands who don’t have live draws which are refl ective of their records. Sometimes they draw more than would be implied by their records.
“It’s not an exact science by any means. It’s hard choosing, to be honest. The universe isn’t as big as you might think. A lot of new acts aren’t getting big enough, and a lot of established acts already have fallen off the face of the planet. We just make our picks and hope for the best.”
Disturbed, which is on the back end of its cycle for 2005’s chart-topping “Ten Thousand Fists” — a platinum album whose cover of Genesis’ “Land of Confusion” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks — has one other criteria for the Music as a Weapons acts: They need to play hard enough to give the headliner a good run for its money.
“We always want bands that are great on our bill so that we feel we have to step it up every night,” Draiman acknowledges. “We wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Music as a Weapon III, featuring Disturbed, Stone Sour, Flyleaf and nonpoint, plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (December 16th) at Cobo Arena, 301 Civic Center Drive, Detroit. Tickets are $30. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.