DISTURBED Frontman Reveals His Favorite OZZFEST Moment

Kevin C. Johnson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently spoke to DISTURBED frontman David Draiman about his band's participation in this year's Ozzfest. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On DISTURBED's first-ever Ozzfest gig, back in 2000, at 10 a.m. on the second stage:

"There were maybe 15 people in front of the stage, but we were appreciative. But by the end there were maybe 3,000. They piled in pretty fast."

On his favorite Ozzfest moment ever — involving none other than metal godfather, former reality TV star and Ozzfest founder, Ozzy Osbourne.

"About 25,000 people were crammed into an area meant for 10,000 [when DISTURBED headlined the second stage in 2001]. It became so chaotic they had to move us up to the main stage the next day. SLIPKNOT and MARILYN MANSON were to the right of me, and stage left was Ozzy, watching our entire set. We've been on four Ozzfests now and we've yet to see Ozzy watch (anyone else's) entire set. After the set he ran up to me and gave me a hug and told me how much he loved the band."

On bands he hates:

"I was a fan of the CURE and DEPECHE MODE, but these trendy, whiny guys from the mama's boys bands with the eye makeup and the Christian Dior clothing don't hold a candle to them. It's embarrassing. They've taken everything that's cool about rock and made it vanilla."

On the KILLERS' response to his statements:

"I never named anybody and I'm not going to. But they know who I'm talking about and I don't give a (expletive) if they respond or not. I'm not looking for a response from them or anybody else. We're big boys, and lots of people say negative things about us too."

On the state of metal/hard rock today:

"Rock was heavily populated by hard rock and metal five years ago, and now it's dominated by these (expletives). It's almost equivalent with what happened to hair metal when grunge came out. But at least grunge had value and depth."

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).