The grand old O2 academy on the south side of Glasgow saw not one but 2 rock bands visit at the start of the week, support act Skindred and headliners Disturbed. First up was Skindred, from Newport in Wales. Describing themselves as ‘Ragga Punk Metal…wid a twist ‘, they stormed the stage and played a blistering set, warming the already red hot crowd and setting them up perfectly for the main act. Tracks such as Big Tings, Sound The Sirens and That’s My Jam provided plenty of audience participation to help loosen the vocal cords for the long night ahead. Frontman Benji Webbe was perfect in getting the place moving, and Skindred is a band definitely worth seeing in their own right. A great start to the evening.
Now it was the turn of the main act. Hailing from Chicago, Disturbed are a four-piece alternative rock band, consisting of David Draiman on vocals, John Moyer on bass, Dan Donegan on lead guitar, and Mike Wengren bringing up the rear on drums. The atmosphere in the Academy is electric, the temperature is near boiling point as the lights go down and a video plays at the rear of the stage, showing highlights of the band’s career as they rose up through the ranks to become the major player in the hard rock music scene that they are today.
Opening with Are Your Ready from their most recent album Evolution, they continue with Prayer, The Vengeful One, and The Animal. The crowd is ecstatic and loving every minute. Moyer on bass and Donegan on guitar take turns in swapping sides with Draiman commanding the stage in the middle, his fist punching the sky. Stupify follows, with one of many guitar solos, highlighting the talents of the guys on stage, before the first of 2 covers of the evening. A tremendous version of the 1987 Genesis hit Land Of Confusion, the front man’s vocals are on point and the crowd on backing vocals nearly lift the roof.