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Metal bands Disturbed and In This Moment rock Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 5

Metal bands Disturbed and In This Moment rock Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 5
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From a press release:

After kicking off the year with a North American tour that saw them playing to more than 200,000 frenzied fans, two-time Grammy Award nominees Disturbed have announced a second leg of arena shows set to begin July 21, including a stop at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township on Saturday, Oct. 5.

The heavy metal band from Chicago is touring in support of their new album, “Evolution” (Reprise Records), which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts, as well as No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

Los Angeles alternative metal band In This Moment will open the Wilkes-Barre show, which is presented by Hazleton active rock radio station 97.9X.

Tickets, which start at $29.50, go on sale this Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. at the arena’s NBT Bank Box Office (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre), and all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at 800-745-3000. A limited number of VIP tickets will also be available.

Citi is the official pre-sale credit card for the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, March 27 at 10 a.m. until Thursday, March 28 at 10 p.m. through Citi’s Private Pass program.

Every ticket purchased online for Disturbed includes a choice of a CD or digital copy of the band’s latest album, “Evolution.” Fans will receive instructions via e-mail on how to redeem the album after their ticket purchase.

Since launching the tour back in January with a performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Disturbed – vocalist David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, drummer Mike Wengren, and bassist John Moyer – has drawn rave reviews for their emotionally powerful live show, with critics pointing out the band’s uplifting messages and the many moving moments that take place during their nightly set, including a tribute to the late Chester Bennington and Pantera’s Vinnie Paul and a call to help those in need who are battling addiction and depression – click HERE to watch Rafa Alcantara-directed clip with some of the tour’s highlights.

The Lincoln Journal Star called their show “a positive uplifting concert” and “one of the best rock shows ever at the [Pinnacle Bank] Arena.” The Houston Press added, “Disturbed has become quite adept at being an arena rock band” and called the band “a well-oiled big rock production with pyro, a mini-stage they use for an acoustic set and solos for all the musicians in the group. It’s the type of big rock show you only see a few times a year at Toyota Center, even rarer from acts that had a hit after the year 2000.”

“19 years into what’s been a mostly chart-topping recording career, the Chicago-formed group remains a prototype of what can be right about the its genre. During [their] two-hour, 19-song show, Disturbed mixed its brand of brawn with musical sophistication and also showed just as much heart with a deeply felt message that, at appropriate times, even quieted the headbangers into intent listening. Disturbed has clearly, as its latest album title boasts, evolved during nearly two decades, and clearly for the better,” the Oakland Press wrote.

“Evolution’s” success has been fueled by overwhelming fan response to tracks like blockbuster lead single “Are You Ready” (which has over 19 million Spotify streams and a companion video with more than 11 million YouTube views) and the lyrically poignant “A Reason to Fight” (almost 10 million Spotify streams and close to nine million YouTube views). The latter was directed by Matt Mahurin (U2, Metallica), who previously collaborated with the band on the clip for their Grammy-nominated rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” a video that has over 504 million YouTube views to date. A deluxe version of the album includes a live version of “The Sound of Silence” featuring Alter Bridge/Slash vocalist Myles Kennedy.

Prior to the upcoming North American tour, Disturbed will head overseas for an international run that kicks off April 18 at La Riviera in Madrid, then travels to Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, London, Glasgow, and Manchester. They come back home for festival shows in Columbus (Sonic Temple Art & Music Fest) and Oklahoma (Rocklahoma), then back overseas for another slew of dates, including multiple concerts in Russia.

Simply put, Disturbed is one of the most successful rock bands in modern history. The multi-platinum-selling quartet accomplished the rare feat of achieving five consecutive No. 1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200. That accolade historically elevated them to rarified air alongside Metallica, the only other hard rock group to do so in the history of the chart. “Immortalized” (2015) received a platinum certification and spawned the triple-platinum crossover smash “The Sound of Silence,” which garnered a nomination at the 2017 Grammy Awards in the category of Best Rock Performance.

Since their formation in 1996, the band has sold 16 million albums globally and scored 12 No. 1 singles on Active Rock Radio. Their quadruple-platinum 2000 debut, “The Sickness,” formally announced their arrival as hard rock leaders, with that status solidified by subsequent Grammy Award nominations as well as gold, platinum, and double-platinum-certified records, as well as countless sold-out shows around the globe. Named Best Rock Artist during the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards, Disturbed continue to boldly forge ahead with the release of their aptly titled seventh offering, “Evolution.”

In This Moment’s latest album, “Ritual,” arrived in July of 2017 on the back of the Top 10 single “Oh Lord.” The album landed at No. 1 on the Hard Music chart, No. 3 on the Rock chart, No. 9 on the Top Current Albums chart, No. 10 on the Digital Albums chart, and No. 23 on the Top 200. The critically lauded album also included the hit singles “Roots” and “Black Wedding,” the latter featuring an assist from Judas Priest’s Rob Halford. Known worldwide for their dramatic and cinematic live performances, In This Moment has received rapturous praise in a range of national outlets and are planning to release new music this year.