The Fiery Evolution of Disturbed and Three Days Grace at Gila River Arena

The Fiery Evolution of Disturbed and Three Days Grace

Review by Daisy Fromkin
Photos by Adam Messler

Disturbed and Three Days Grace treated fans to a fiery performance at Gila River Arena earlier this week as their Evolution Tour swept through the Valley of the Sun.   The fans had been waiting for this for months as evidenced the swarms of concertgoers eager for the show to start.

Hard Canadian Rockers Three Days Grace riled up the crowd and were an excellent compliment slathering on thick heavy guitar riffs and thundering sounds with perennial rock radio hits such as “Just Like You,” “Pain,” “Never Too Late” and “Animal I Have Become,” the songs were comfortingly familiar and brought hard rock memories to the forefront and prepared the crowd for what was to come.

Disturbed delivered with a sweltering performance that kept the crowd fully engaged from beginning to end starting with the intensely heavy voice of frontmans David Draiman’s asking the growly question “Are you Ready”, and they crowd responded with enough energy and heart to feel the affirmative response.  Disturbed then started drawing through a myrad of songs from covering the Genesis hit “Land of Confusion” to “Inside the Fire” reminding us all that this band is musically very tight.

They hammered out one hit after another with vibrant emotional intensity. Just when you though Draiman along with guitarist Dan Donegan, bass player John Moyer and drummer Mike Wengren had strutted the stage dramatic theatrics to their peak that eventually included pyro-antics in bright flames, they brought it to an intense crescendo with the ignition of a piano, while it was still being played during the cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence”, sung with enough broken loneliness to pull at your heart.

Disturbed promised sweeping choruses, brutal rhythms, dark melodic sweeps that create a beautiful almost hard melancholy sound and they delivered over and over again before finally asking “can feel that” and reminding us we were still “Down with the Sickness.”

I highly recommend this tour when it comes to your town. The show was engaging and strangely touching.  Worth the time and the money.

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Follow them on Tour: Disturbed 2019 Tour Dates (with Three Days Grace supporting):
01/22 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
01/23 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
01/25 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
01/26 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
01/28 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
01/30 – Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center
02/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
02/16 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
02/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
02/20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
02/21 – Washington, DC @ Capitol One Arena
02/23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
02/25 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
02/27 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
03/01 – Montreal, QC @ Place Bell
03/02 – Buffalo, NY @ Keybank Center
03/04 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
03/05 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
03/07 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
03/08 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena


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