Friday, April 22, 2016

Disturbed's David Draiman about calling out texting fan: "I meant it all in good fun"


Disturbed members were recently interviewed by KFMA, you can read some excerpts below.

About the incident last month when he called out a fan for texting during the band's show in Dallas, David Draiman said: "In all honesty, and to hopefully finally put this baby to bed, it was all meant tongue in cheek, in all honesty. I don't know if you actually ever saw the video clip that went viral, but I was lighthearted and laughing about it on stage. I was only trying to draw her in and engage her, not really attack her for doing whatever she was doing on the cell phone; that's her own business. And truth be told, that's my bad. Truth be told. Because I had no idea what she had going on, I wasn't privy to the kind of crisis she was dealing with, and I meant it all in good fun. She, unfortunately, took it the wrong way, and I feel bad about that, and that's the truth."

He continued: "We never wanna make anyone who comes to any of our shows feel like they're not welcome or that they leave with any kind of negative feeling. So that really wasn't the intention. The whole thing got spun from all kinds of directions inappropriately, 'cause that's what people do. But I genuinely don't want to make any Disturbed fan feel like they don't belong. They all belong and they've certainly earned the right to do whatever it is that they wanna do during our performance. And me, as the frontman, I just try to bring everybody in."

Bassist John Moyer: "David's always had a long history of, anybody who seems distracted or not into the show, he engages them, and that's part of what makes him a great frontman. And what happened with this cell phone incident, for whatever reason, turned into a bigger deal than, really… We were just blown away by it, because he's always… Anytime you come to a Disturbed show, you know that David's paying attention. I mean, she should be, like, 'Oh my God! I can't even believe this guy even noticed me.' And that he does. He notices everyone in the crowd. He not only sings to the audience, but he makes sure that everyone is part of the experience. And when you're not, he focuses on you and he brings you in, and that's all that was about."