Disturbed, 3 Days Grace

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

Disturbed, 3 Days Grace
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
February 18, 2019
Review by Dennis Morgillo & Estelle Massry
Photo Credit: Estelle Massry

It's a Monday night in February in Philadelphia. It's cold AF! Normally that would mean being home in my PJ's under a blanket watching reality TV. Tonight is a different story though. I would walk barefoot through the snow for the honor of covering Disturbed and Three Days Grace. They are two of my favorite bands. 
 
Apparently I am not alone, as The Wells Fargo Center is packed. It's a great venue. The crowd is psyched and erupts as Three Days Grace takes the stage. From the start, the energy is incredible. Mosh pits form and crowd surfers take up their position's.

Three Days Grace sounds so good. I can feel the thunderous bass and drums of Brad Walst and Neil Sanderson. Barry Stock's Guitar fills the auditorium as if there is an army of guitarists up there. Matt Walst is an incredible singer and frontman and has the crowd in his hands the whole time. 

The band plays a mix of new songs from their latest release "Outsider" as well as fan favorites from their catalog. 

"The Mountain", "Pain", "Infrared", "Break" and the fan favorite "I Hate Everything About You". The song strikes a nerve with fans and everyone sings along. The song means something different to each fan and takes them back to a place and a time. Unrequited love, lost love, drug abuse, good times, bad times, whatever it means to you, it is a special song. 

The band ends with "Animal I Have Become", "Never Too Late" and "Riot". What a set! Wait, that's only the opening band! There's more!? Who could follow that?
Well I can tell you who can follow that! Disturbed!  

This is their "Evolution" tour in support of their latest release. "Evolution" is the band's seventh album and shows how the band has progressed over the years, and there are no signs of slowing down. It's hard to believe that this band out of Chicago released their debut album almost 20 years ago. 

Disturbed come out kicking and screaming their way onto the stage as the throbbing rhytms of "Are You Ready" envelopes the crowd. Smoke, lasers, lights, OMG every one of my senses are in overload.  

The musical barrage continues! These guys are incredible musicians. Bassist John Moyer and Drummer Mike Wengren get to shine on their respective solos and guitarist Dan Donegan shreds away beautifully. 
  
Then Disturbed did something that you don't often see at Metal shows. They performed an emotional, heart wrenching tribute to those we have lost way too soon. The famous and the unknown. Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland as well as our friends and loved ones.  I don't think there was a dry eye in the house during "Hold On To Memories" which included a slideshow of images that covered the band's career. Big Tattooed Metal guys were wiping away tears.

Singer and frontman David Draiman then delivered a beautiful, eloquent and very important message, reminding the crowd that help is available. The jumbotrons displayed the numbers for both The National Addiction (1-800-662-4357) and Suicide Prevention (1-800-273-8255) hotlines.

"Our world is plagued by an epidemic, by a disease that shows no mercy, the demons known as addiction and depression are very real. And they have claimed far too many of those we love, far sooner than they should have left us. Those still with us, are fighting a battle they wage everyday of their lives, keeping those demons at bay. It’s up to us to show them that they aren’t alone, that they have nothing to be ashamed of, That we understand, and that we will fight with them, and for them. For those you know, who are waging this internal war, the time to be a true friend and advocate and to intervene is now. To hesitate, is to lose a chance to save them you may never get again. The list of those who have been taken from is, is full of those who were so loved, so talented, and who are now so sorely missed. And not only those who are close to us, but also those who were close to you. As we consider each and every one of you, our brothers and sisters, our blood, to be our family with pride, to our memorial. Please join us in a moment of silence to pay respects to those we have lost.” - David Draiman 

The band then continued the beautiful tribute by relocating to a smaller more intimate stage to perform “A Reason To Fight” and “Watch You Burn.”

Disturbed returned to the main stage and kicked off their incredible version of "Sounds of Silence". Hello Darkness my old friend! "Indestructible" and "Inside the Fire" followed with fire and smoke effects filling the stage. It was beautiful and mesmerizing.

For the encores, the band performed 'The Light", "Stricken" and of course "Down With the Sickness". The crowd was moshing, surfing, singing and jumping in unison. All I can say is Wow! That was one helluva Monday night. An amazing show, you need to catch this show!  
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