While the audience was a bit smaller than usual for a show of this caliber, many still showed to rock with the bands in spite of snowy, icy roads and continued cold temperatures. That didn’t stop mosh pits and crowd surfing among the floor pit ticket holders.
Nothing was going to stop fans of the bands from this show. Three Days Grace warmed up the excited audience with Matt Walst (lead vocals) belting out “The Mountain,” “Infrared,” “I Hate Everything About You,” and current charting song “Right Left Wrong” of their latest album Outsiders (2018). Walst encouraged the audience to mosh while telling the security officials to leave them alone.
Disturbed brought the house into a frenzy with “Are You Ready?” to being their set. The song has an unmistakable vibe to get the crowd on their feet and horns in the air.
The stage design was one of the more unique setups in today’s rock touring. It’s V-shaped design and multiple levels, it allowed David Draimen and Disturbed band members to access the audience by jutting out much further than a typical rectangle shape. Even some stages with a catwalk, don’t quite allow audience and band interaction quite like this stage design. Following the stage design, the lighting was designed in the v-shape allowing visual expectations we have come to know in top tier rock shows.
Then we have the pyro, oh the pyro. As someone who loves pyro, Disturbed upped the game with ribbons of pryo rolling out and down from the rafters. This was something I, as a frequent concert goer, have not seen before. In fact, Walst (frontman, Three Days Grace) announced that “Disturbed is going to melt your face off” (Sic).
One of the most visuals and musically pieces was Disturbed’s cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” With timpani drums, strings, piano, and David Draimen’s voice, this was one of the most anticipated songs of the show, and they did not disappoint. The visuals of lights, stage, as well as lighting the piano on fire were stunning to be a part of. My husband mentioned that it was worth the price of the tickets alone.
Not ending on a soft note, Disturbed’s encore consisted of one of the most iconic metal/rock songs “Down With the Sickness” to end their show.
Disturbed and Three Days Grace both brought the fire to the ice in Peoria, Illinois!
David Draiman- Vocals
Dan Donegan- Guitar
Mike Wengren- Drums
John Moyer- Bass
Three Days Grace: