Disturbed: Evolution in Nashville

Written by Kayla Albee | Photos by Nick Zimmer

Bridgestone Arena, located in downtown Nashville, is home to the Nashville Predators. When not hosting hockey games, the venue serves as the largest concert arena in the area. On February 16th, Disturbed and Three Days Grace performed at Bridgestone Arena as part of their Evolution Tour and rocked the house. A long line of fans wrapped its way around the block as people waited in the cold for the doors to open — with a two band bill, people were sure to show up early!

Three Days Grace have been around for over 20 years and continue to have a solid fan base. Flashing red lights added to the edgy air of their set while screens on stage played industrial style videos along with snippets of fan favorite music videos.

Vocalist Matt Walst called for a mosh pit during the band’s first song, and continued to encourage the crowd to get the fuck up throughout their set. The band busted out older tracks like “Pain” and “I Hate Everything About You” while also incorporating their new material. One of their new tracks, “Infrared,” has hints of pop while their latest single “Right Left Wrong” has an anthemic chorus that was perfect for an arena setting.

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A video played behind the stage about the power of music prior to Disturbed kicking off their set with “Are You Ready.” Their performance had it all — pyrotechnics, a slowed down ballad, a photo slide show highlighting the band’s career so far, and a cover of Genesis’ “Land Of Confusion” along with Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound Of Silence.”

Vocalist David Draiman spoke to the crowd about the importance of mental health. He touched on the loss of Chester Bennington and Scott Weiland, and the band displayed the phone number for the suicide and addiction hotline behind the stage. They closed their set with a four song encore that ended with “Down With The Sickness” — after a 19 song set list, the crowd was still going strong, much like Disturbed, who have been playing music for 25 years at this point. It goes to show that when you do what you love and love what you do, the opportunities are endless.

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