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  • Formed: Chicago, IL
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Recent Activity: 03.16.17 148 shows in 14 months! We couldn't have done it without our amazing crew! #disturbedtour2017 @MikeWengren… https://t.co/tkj9DAdWPm
  • Disturbed

  • Disturbed


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Heavy metal band Disturbed came together through the matching of a band with a singer. Longtime friends Dan Donegan (guitar), Mike Wengren (drums), and Fuzz (bass) played together in Chicago for some time before hooking up with singer David Draiman around 1997. Draiman had grown up in a religious family against which he rebelled, being expelled from five boarding schools in his adolescence. His anger found an outlet in the thrashing sound of Disturbed, and the band built up a following on Chicago's South Side before a demo tape led to their signing to Giant Records, which released their debut album, The Sickness, in March 2000. The band gained more fans and exposure playing the main stage of the 2001 Ozzfest, then broke away to do their own self-described "victory lap" around the U.S. that fall. Also during this period, they managed to record a vicious new version of wrestler Steve Austin's theme song that was so good it managed to receive radio play, and they were one of the bands announced to work on a high-profile Faith No More tribute album.

Disturbed stepped into the studio after stepping off of the road and began work on a new disc that would reflect their growth as a band. Feeling experimental, the bandmembers worked with producer Johnny K and mixer Andy Wallace in order to create an album that could compare to other classic metal records they admired. Amplifying their fondness for groups like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pantera, and Soundgarden, Believe was released in the fall of 2002 and was recognized as a heavier, more varied, and ultimately superior record to their debut, ultimately reaching the top of the Billboard 200. After completing a tour to support the album, Fuzz left the band and was replaced by former Union Underground member John Moyer. The tour document Music as a Weapon II appeared in 2004, followed by the ambitious studio full-length Ten Thousand Fists in September 2005 and Indestructible in 2008. In 2010, Disturbed released their fifth studio album, Asylum. In July of 2011, the bandmembers announced that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus due to personal issues within the group. The Lost Children, a collection of rarities and B-sides, arrived in November of that year.


  • 03.16.17 148 shows in 14 months! We couldn't have done it without our amazing crew! #disturbedtour2017 @MikeWengren… https://t.co/tkj9DAdWPm
  • 03.16.17 THX MOSCOW! You helped us end this unbelievable touring cycle on a high note! #disturbedtour2017 @MikeWengren… https://t.co/YpERGUqzCK
  • 03.16.17 Pre-show press conference in Moscow for the Russian news agency @tass_agency #disturbedtour2017 @DanDoneganGtr… https://t.co/7vZzftz4ds
  • 03.15.17 So great to meet our 🇷🇺 #disturbedones Thx for the warm welcome in Moscow! #disturbedtour2017 @MikeWengren… https://t.co/5ex1x6OZ3d
  • 03.14.17 Большое спасибо Russia! 1 of the GREATEST CROWDS we have performed for! Bravo!#disturbedtour2017 @JohnMoyerBass… https://t.co/mnYglSzV02
  • 03.14.17 Nothing better than a big rock show filled to capacity with our devoted Russian #disturbedones ! We'll see you all… https://t.co/fQcHtEPGGl
  • 03.14.17 We enjoyed our livestream Q&A for "VK Live" today in Saint Petersburg! #disturbedtour2017 @JohnMoyerBass… https://t.co/ZcCe1p8HDS
  • 03.10.17 ICYMI: @DanDoneganGtr surprises #DisturbedOne Svein Heibø in the hospital in Oslo #disturbedtour2017 https://t.co/bs5SomCUvg
  • 03.10.17 Thank You Oslo 🇳🇴! #disturbedtour2017 @JohnMoyerBass @MikeWengren @DanDoneganGtr 📸: @AdRock88 https://t.co/sTuwFkxwe9
  • 03.10.17 Looking great Oslo! We'll be out in a few minutes! Get ready! #disturbedtour2017 https://t.co/msKtb3kJMU
  • 03.10.17 Thank you Norway for making our single #soundofsilence go Platinum in 🇳🇴! #disturbedtour2017 @DanDoneganGtr… https://t.co/SWwuYIQaii
  • 03.09.17 Tack så mycket Stockholm 🇸🇪! #disturbedtour2017 @DanDoneganGtr @MikeWengren @JohnMoyerBass 📸: @AdRock88 https://t.co/mIMsrfnJM2