Eric Blair of "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" conducted an interview with DISTURBED singer David Draiman at a massive gathering on December 14 at the Key Club in Hollywood, California to help celebrate the life and music of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) as part of this year's Dimebash. You can now watch the chat below.
All proceeds from the concert went to Wendy Dio's charity Stand Up And Shout, which raises money for cancer research; her husband died of stomach cancer in May 2010.
DISTURBED went on an open-ended hiatus earlier this fall, following the completion of the touring cycle for its 2010 album "Asylum".
During this year's Dimebash, Draiman was asked by the Artisan News what his plans were for 2012. "To relax, man," he replied. "I'm trying to work with a couple of different bands, doing some production. I'm really just kind of chilling. I wanna go ahead and impregnate my wife and have a baby. [Laughs] You know — be a normal human being for about five seconds."
Draiman married Lena Yada — a Japanese-American model, actress, professional tandem surfer and professional wrestler — on September 25 in Texas. The Pulse Of Radio asked Draiman how he thought becoming a married man might change his music. "You know, I can only imagine that it would give me more inspiration to write," he said. "I think that when you all of a sudden become a family man, and you have more to worry about than just yourself, your concerns, they build, in terms of things going on with the world, in terms of your life, in terms of your fears and your hopes and your dreams. And so I really think it'll be a tremendous catalyst for potential inspiration."
Draiman said in several interviews this past summer that "personal reasons" and the general state of the music industry factored in DISTURBED's decision to take a breather.
DISTURBED has not indicated when it plans to return, although all four members say it's not likely that the group will stay away for good.
DISTURBED released its first-ever collection of B-sides and rarities, titled "The Lost Children", on November 8. The set includes a previously unreleased song called "Mine" as well as a benefit track for the West Memphis Three titled "3", plus tunes that previously appeared only on soundtracks or as bonus cuts on international editions of the group's albums.