PHOTOS: Disturbed and In This Moment at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, 10/05/19
“My brothers and sisters, my blood… speak to me!” Disturbed vocalist David Draiman yelled as the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza echoed with screams on Saturday, Oct. 5.
It’s been 19 years since the release of the Chicago heavy metal band’s quadruple-platinum debut album, but Wilkes-Barre proved it’s still down with “The Sickness” at this stop of the Evolution North American Tour. “Evolution,” Disturbed’s seventh studio album, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 when it came out on Oct. 19, 2018.
The two-time Grammy nominees have frequented Northeastern Pennsylvania many times over the years, and after Draiman brought a few young kids on stage during the encore, he reflected on the past two decades of touring.
“I’ll tell you, when we first started this thing out… there’s a lot of things I didn’t expect. None of us did. We didn’t expect to play rooms like this. We didn’t expect to do this for 20 years. Crazy. And I sure as hell didn’t expect to have little babies, little children come to our shows. But you know what? I love it,” he said as he walked out on an extension of the stage into the crowd.
“It’s amazing. It gives me hope. It gives me hope that everything is not going to be sitting in front of a screen. It gives me hope that the next generation is going to know what real music is like when it’s played live.”
Los Angeles alternative metal band In This Moment opened the concert with a striking theatrical presentation that included a ritualistic stage show and costume changes that tied in with their latest album, “Ritual”… and probably scared a few parents that night.
Disturbed setlist, Oct. 5, 2019, Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre:
Are You Ready
The Vengeful One
Land of Confusion (Genesis cover)
Hold on to Memories
A Reason to Fight
The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel cover)
Inside the Fire
Down with the Sickness
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