Rock band 'Disturbed' speaks Hebrew in announcement for Israeli concert

Although lead singer David Draiman has visited the Jewish state in the past, this is Disturbed's first concert in the country.

Disturbed lead singer David Draiman on stage in Las Vegas, December 18, 2000 (photo credit: ETHAN MILLER/REUTERS)
Disturbed lead singer David Draiman on stage in Las Vegas, December 18, 2000
(photo credit: ETHAN MILLER/REUTERS)
Disturbed, the best selling American hard rock / heavy metal band, promoted their debut in Israel in a video message in Hebrew.
Lead singer David Draiman, who is of Jewish heritage, spoke in Hebrew on a video message on the group's Facebook page. "Shalom, we are Disturbed and we will be at Rishon Lezion's Live Park on July 2nd."
Posted by Facebook on Thursday, August 27, 2015
Although he has visited the country many times, this is the first Disturbed concert in the Jewish state.
Formed in 1994, the band has released seven studio albums, and is probably best known in mainstream rock circles for their 2015 cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence."
The 44-year-old Draiman, who was on a career path to become a rabbi before secular music changed his direction, has long been a staunch defender of Israel. In a 2011 interview with The Jerusalem Post while vacationing in the country, he claims to have close to 200 relatives in the country, including his Jerusalem-based brother Ben Draiman, also a musician.
Draiman wrote a song on the band's 2010 album Asylum called "Never Again," directed at Holocaust deniers and antisemitism.
"I never pull any punches and I will never apologize for who I am or where I come from," Draiman told the Post.

David Brinn contributed to this article.


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