Photos and Review by Raven Divito
In a scorching summer evening at the Toyota Amphitheater in Wheatland, a capacity crowd of over 18 thousand people eagerly awaited the arrival of the iconic metal band Disturbed here in California in the middle of their Take Back Your Life tour. The atmosphere was electric, with anticipation building as the lights dimmed and the crowd rumbled in excitement.
As soon as the first chords of “Hey You” filled the air, fists shot up and hair started flying, and 18,000 people were banging in unison. Frontman David Draiman’s unmistakable metal vocals were on fire, and bandmates Dan Donegan, Mike Wengren, and John Moyer played their hearts out.
Disturbed has held a special place in the hearts of metal fans over the past three decades, and keeps adding generations of new fans by playing a set that every new set of devotees loves and relates to. Classics like “The Game” and “Indestructible” ignited the crowd, and new tracks from their latest album, Divisive, like “Bad Man” and “Unstoppable,” proved to be instant classics, blending with all the time-honored hits.
In moments of reflection, the band slowed things down, treating the audience to emotional performances of “A Reason To Fight” and “The Light.” These heartfelt moments added a layer of depth to the night, momentarily shifting the energy before the crowd erupted again with sheer excitement during fan-favorite “Down With The Sickness.”
Despite the scorching summer heat sitting on the amphitheater, the passion of the crowd stayed strong through the whole 20-song set, embracing the sweat-soaked atmosphere as they indulged in a metal frenzy. The concert was a testament to the unifying power of music, proving once again why Disturbed holds a special place in the hearts of their loyal fans.
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