Disturbed frontman David Draiman has recalled the band’s struggle to get noticed in their early days – saying they were “blacklisted” for not being cool enough.
The Chicago band found it hard to make a name for themselves in a city better known for its alternative scene than for rock and metal.
Draiman tells Loudwire: “People think it was this meteoric rise – it really wasn’t. We beat the hell out of ourselves for two or three years as a local band.
“Any time a rock show would come through town, we would pass out cassettes, stickers, t-shirts – whatever we could.
“There was a lot of struggle in a city that wasn’t conducive to hard rock and heavy metal. It was Smashing Pumpkins. It wasn’t about metal so we were blacklisted. We couldn’t even play inner city clubs – we weren’t cool enough. We had to force our way in.
Disturbed released singled Stupify and Voices from 2000 debut The Sickness, but it wasn’t until third single Down With The Sickness that they began to feel a dramatic shift in their favour.
Draiman says: “That song resonated with so many people and became such a worldwide phenomenon. That really took things to the next level for us.”