David Draiman Responds to Fans After Sharing His Mental Health Struggles
In a new message, Disturbed vocalist David Draiman assured us he's "not going anywhere" after the singer received an outpouring of support when footage of a tearful onstage confession about his mental health struggles made the rounds.
When Disturbed play their 2018 song "A Reason to Fight," he often discusses mental health with the audience. This week, he thanked fans after video from such speeches made headlines.
"I just wanted to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of support," Draiman said. "You are all heard, seen, and very much appreciated."
The Disturbed vocalist added, "Much love and thanks to you all. Don't worry; I'm not going anywhere. You all keep giving me #AReasonToFight."
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In the video taken from a Disturbed show in Milwaukee, Draiman tells the audience, "A reason to fight. We all need one. The demons that are known as addiction and depression are very, very real. They are diseases no different than cancer. You can't see depression. You can't see addiction. It festers inside. It metastasizes, takes over your body."
He continues, "You have to write about dark subject matter. … Life is full of dark subject matter. And the only way that you can face it, and the only way that you can conquer it, is by looking it dead in the fucking face. Because whether you know it or not, sometimes darkness can show you the light."
During another show, he explained, "I'm tired of losing everybody I love to depression and addiction. Every single band member on this stage has dealt with those feelings, with those demons. And I miss the friends that we've lost. I miss Chester [Bennington], I miss Scott [Weiland], I miss Chris [Cornell]. And if I can be completely honest with you, a couple months ago, I almost joined them."
See Disturbed dates under Draiman's tweet. Get tix here. If you or someone you know struggles with mental health, find help from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. Call 1-800-622-HELP (1-800-622-4357) or text 1-800-487-4889.
David Draiman Tweet - May 18, 2023
Disturbed 2023 Tour Dates
July 11 — Denver, Colo. @ Ball Arena
July 13 — Salt Lake City, Utah @ USANA Amp.
July 15 — Ridgefield, Wash. @ RV Inn Amp.
July 16 — Auburn, Wash. @ White River Amp.
July 18 — Wheatland, Calif. @ Toyota Amp.
July 20 — Irvine, Calif. @ FivePoint Amp.
July 22 — Phoenix, Ariz. @ Talking Stick
July 23 — Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amp.
July 25 — Dallas, Texas @ Dos Equis Pavilion
July 27 — Houston, Texas @ Mitchell Pavilion
July 29 — Rogers, Ark. @ Walmart Amp.
July 31 — Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Pavilion
Aug. 1 — Alpharetta, Ga. @ Ameris Bank Amp.
Aug. 3 — West Palm Beach, Fla. @ iTHINK Amp.
Aug. 5 — Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Amp.
Aug. 7 — Raleigh, N.C. @ Coastal Music Park
Aug. 9 — Bristow, Va. @Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 11 — Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Ctr
Aug. 12 — Syracuse, N.Y. @ St. Joseph's Amp.
Aug. 15 — Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Ctr
Aug. 18 — Mansfield, Mass. @ Xfinity Cetr
Aug. 19 — Wantagh, N.Y. @ Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 21 — Camden, N.J. @ Freedom Pavilion
Aug. 23 — Gilford, N.H. @ Bank of N.H. Pavilion
Aug. 26 — Burgettstown, Pa. @ The Pavilion
Aug. 27 — Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio @ Blossom Ctr
Aug. 29 — M. Heights, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino
Aug. 30 — Tinley Park, Ill. @ Hollywood Casino
Sept. 1 — Clarkston, Mich. @ Pine Knob Theatre
Sept. 2 — Noblesville, Ind. @ Ruoff Music Ctr
Sept. 4 – Mt. Pleasant, Mich. @ Soaring Eagle