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The Disturbed Interview — ”Creep Show’

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I will admit that when I first interviewed David Draiman of Disturbed in 2000 over the phone, his well-spoken and serious demeanor made me mistakenly think he was being condescending when he was describing the album cover of the band’s debut, ‘The Sickness.’ I even told myself I would not interview him again. Well, guess what, I admit when I am wrong, and in Draiman’s case, I could not have been more wrong! When I sat down with Draiman on a hot July night for this edition of the ”Creep Show,’ he was one of the nicest, most affable interviews I’ve done in years. I stand corrected for ever misreading his style!

Draiman, who visited the Noiscecreep’s New York offices in the evening — after a long day of promoting his band’s latest, ‘Asylum,’ due out Aug. 31 — showed no signs of press and promotion wear and tear. He was thoughtful, forthright and funny, despite running since 8 AM to promote the album.

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He talked about the road to ‘Asylum,’ and how the band coaxed guitarist Dan Donegan out of his cage, encouraging the guitarist to let solos rip on new Disturbed songs. He also spoke of a particularly intense bout of depression he endured after a breakup and the loss of his beloved Akita, Lisa, and how it was all intensified when he bought a new house in a new town (Austin, Texas, for those keeping score), ordered a new dog and got a new girlfriend who was supposed to move in. The dog tragically passed away en route and the girlfriend didn’t move in right away, and Draiman used the vehicle of music to work out his depression demons, which certainly serves to connect the music to the fans on an even deeper level.

Draiman also touched on the band’s continued development in the much more ‘hostile’ European territories; his love of his pooches; and how one of his life’s defining moments occurred at the age of 12, when this young Orthodox Jewish boy snuck out of his house to take in a punk rock show in his native Chicago. He also discussed the forthcoming Uproar tour with Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour and Halestorm and that intriguing double labret piercing, which is customized to fit his chin and which he removes when he, um, does “detail work.” His phrase, not ours. But we love it.

He also talked about how one of his grandparents was a cantor in a Jewish synagogue, which is where he gets his pipes. He revealed that he left a ‘proper’ job with a promising salary, much to the Draiman family chagrin, to pursue his rock ‘n’ roll dreams.

Enjoy this new episode of the ”Creep Show.’

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