Disturbed Concert Review with Nonpoint
Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois
Disturbed was joined by Nonpoint for a grueling tour schedule since their return after a hiatus in 2011. They came to the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois. The capital of Illinois was welcoming to the band and several fans traveled from all over to see the reunited band from Chicago. Disturbed recently released their sixth studio album Immortalized. The album is their fifth consecutive number one album.
Nonpoint is a hard rock band Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Puerto Rican roots. Their signature frog or coquí was explained in an interview with vocalist, Elias Soriano. He explained it as a small frog with a tremendous sound. Nonpoint is known for playing more intimate venues but had no problem with their sound really filling the larger venue. They lived up to their coquí mascot. Nonpoint performed all their hits including “Bullet With A Name”, “That Day” and their newer songs of “Breaking Skin” which is about addiction and F**ked which is a statement about our world today. Their next album is slated for release in July of 2016.
On a side note, the members of this band are very humble. I saw Robb Rivera, the drummer for Nonpoint, giving a chair to a pregnant woman who was watching Disturbed’s set. He went out of his way to give this woman a chair. Cheers to Robb Rivera for being a decent human being.
Disturbed’s return to rock was well received as they took the stage packed house of approximately four thousand. All the guys in Disturbed seemed to have thinned down over the years, most notably Dan Donegan, appeared to have a dramatic weight loss. Disturbed’s backdrop was the image from their Immortalized album. They had intricate light show that rivals an EDM show and added pyrotechnics that shot large flames from the stage. It was hard to believe that it has been since 2011 that we got to see Disturbed. The band has matured and their performance with their newer songs including “The Vengeful One” but most notably with their cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” display that maturity. They rolled out a baby grand piano, timpani drum and had an additional guitarist, cellist, and violinist join them for “Sound of Silence”. The sound during this song was surprisingly pure yet remained true to Disturbed and Simon & Garfunkel.
Their setlist consisted of a medley including “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2, “Baba O’Riley” by The Who and “Killing In The Name Of” by Rage Against The Machine. Elias Soriano, vocalist for Nonpoint joined them on the stage. This medley showed their diversity and skill. A young fan with a broken leg joined the band onstage and David Draiman read a letter she had written which went on about how their music spoke to her. She incorrectly assumed that his mother beat him from the lyrics of “The Sickness”. David explained to her that lyrics are a metaphor representing mother society hitting us to try to make us conform. The young woman was lucky and also gave David Draiman a skull necklace.
At the end of the show, Disturbed asked the fans to chant along with them, ‘We are Disturbed!’ to reiterate that we are all part of the Disturbed family. If you are part of the Disturbed family, you can see them on tour. They will be on tour in the United States and Europe. Visit their website for dates and tickets: Disturbed Website