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Interview:
Disturbed is making plenty of noise with "The Sound of Silence"
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Disturbed is about anything BUT the sound of silence.

But Simon & Garfunkel's "the Sound of Silence" has been very good for the Chicago headbangers and their latest album, "Immortalized."

The group -- which emerged from a four-year hiatus last August -- covered the Paul Simon-penned classic at the suggestion of drummer Mike Wrengen. The song has become the third straight No. 1 Mainstream Rock Tracks single off of "Immortalized." And Simon himself even sent an email to frontman Dave Draiman and posted a Facebook message praising Disturbed's rendition as "wonderful." The group had previously had success with a cover of Genesis' "Land of Confusion," but "The Sound of Silence" put the group in a whole other iconic strata.

"I remember my uncle was a huge fan and introduced me to them (Simon & Garfunkel) as a little boy, and I remember singing the song," Draiman, 43, says by phone from his home in Austin, Texas. "We had pulled a bunch of stuff previously from the 80s. We had done classic rock songs. So why not go back a little further? What about the 70s? What about the 60s?

"But you've got to be very, very careful. You have to tread very carefully because people are very sentimental about these songs, those old, classic songs. There's almost a, 'You can't touch them. They're untouchable.' Don't you dare try to cover them because they're holy works of art' so to speak.

"This song almost kinda falls into that category, so it was very, very daunting."

Guitarist Dan Donegan, however, says he's not surprised that the song has scored in such a big way.

"I feel that we did such a great version of it," says Donegan, 47, who switches to piano for Disturbed's live version of the song, which is also accompanied by locally hired string players. "I am surprised that the response came so quickly on it. I thought because it is such a departure for us that the fans might need a little bit more time to digest it, because it's gonna catch everybody off guard.

"It just goes to show that a good version of a song, fans are gonna recognize that and I'm glad they connected with it."

"Immortalized" connected, too, debuting on No. 1 after its release. Disturbed will be spending all of this year and into next touring the world to support it, and its current run of small-hall gigs is a perk that's helping to keep the road grind more interesting for the quartet.

"It's always nice to mix it up," Donegan explains. "It's nice being in these smaller, intimate rooms, too. We could be in a bigger room and try to accommodate all the fans, but we'll come back and give them another show. It's just nice to be in a small room again and keep it intimate."

Disturbed and Nonpoint

Thursday, Aug. 7. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

Tickets are sold out.

Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.com.

Note: Disturbed returns with Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia at 6:30 p.m. July 26 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Independence Township. Tickets are $38.45-$78.45 pavilion, $29.95 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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