Wow! The Disturbed guys are so proud their song was played during the performance of Dancing With The Stars contestants Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd. Disturbed allowed the contestants to use their version of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence” as the music for their freestyle dance on Monday night’s (May 23rd) edition of the popular audience voted program. The pair used the track after DiMarco, who is deaf, penned a letter to the band asking their permission to incorporate the song into the routine. And GUESS WHAT???? Nyle WON!
The band explained in a Facebook post, “Nyle emailed us to ask for our permission to use our version of the song that has inspired him and hopes to convey an even bigger message to help people better understand the history of the deaf community . . . This is not only a great honor for a hard rock/metal band like us to be asked to be part of the biggest night of their show but for us to play a role in raising awareness for Nyle’s cause.” “The Sound Of Silence” has been a huge hit for Disturbed, with Paul Simon sharing his approval of it publicly after watching the band perform the song on Conan and also exchanging emails with singer David Draiman. Draiman told us he still cannot believe the response the band got from Simon: “You always hope and you pray, when you do something like this, that the original artist loves what you’ve done and embraces it. But I had no idea that something this amazing was gonna happen, and humbled and grateful beyond words.” Meanwhile, Disturbed will finish up a run of dates with Rob Zombie tonight (May 25th) in Fort Wayne, IN and hit festivals in Pryor, OK and San Antonio this weekend before heading to Europe. Following that, the band will begin a co-headlining jaunt with Breaking Benjamin along with Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia on Jul 9th in Syracuse, NY. Check out Disturbed from Rock on the Range when Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach joined them on stage for their cover of Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name.”
How things work……
Funny, I got a call yesterday asking if I would like to interview Chris Shiflett from Foo Fighters. Chris has launched a podcast and I guess he’s doing press about it to let people know it’s out there, right? But I was told, “Don’t ask anything about the Foo Fighters, please.” Um, oh, ok. But I will ask him what’s up at the end of the conversation. ”No, please don’t.” Hmmmm. Then I read this from The Pulse Of Radio:
Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett appeared on KROQ in Los Angeles on Monday morning (May 23rd), where he discussed the band’s current hiatus. According to Alternative Nation, Shiflett said the band is enjoying the time off, explaining, “It’s pretty great man. We were working really hard for a long time. We were on the road for at least a year or so for the last one, but then we were also traveling when we made the record, so that kind of felt like we were on the road, so it felt like a year and a half or so. Then before that there were shows we did for Dave’s movie, then the album before that, so it seemed like it was just a long stretch of back to back stuff.”
Shiflett added, “This is like nothing on the calendar, you’re just kicking it for the summer. It’s very strange, and super unusual for us, we don’t tend to do that.”
The guitarist also said he felt “weird” for the first couple of months, revealing that it’s often around January that he hears from frontman Dave Grohl about making the next record. Shiflett said, “Dave usually sends out an e-mail or a text or something: ‘Hey, I’ve got some songs, let’s go.’ But usually we don’t have this amount of time off.”
Meanwhile, when I did sit down with drummer Taylor Hawkins and bassist Nate Mendel when the band were playing on the David Letterman show, the Foo Fighters bassist told us a while back how the band’s songwriting process works: “It’s really been pretty consistent over the years. Dave writes the songs, and about half the time he’ll do a demo on his own, and the other half of the time he’ll come in and just play it on guitar. Then (he) shows it to the band and then we sit around and play it and figure out, you know, what kind of song is it gonna be. Is it a country song? Metal song? You know, what the dynamic is, arrangement, tempo, that kind of stuff. We help him finish it out.“
Shiflett insisted that the band “shall return,” but admitted, “I just don’t know when, but it will happen.”
Foo Fighters finished an intense, nearly three-year period of activity at the end of 2015, which included the release and promotion of the Grohl-directed Sound City documentary, the filming and recording of the Sonic Highways HBO series and album, and the year-long world tour in support of the latter — with Grohl nursing a broken leg for the second half of 2015.
The Foos cut the fall European leg of the tour short after last November’s terrorist attacks in France, but managed to issue an EP of five new songs, titled Saint Cecilia, that was dedicated to the victims of the Paris attacks. Grohl revealed at the time that the Foos would go on hiatus.
More from ROCK ON THE RANGE:
Our Columbus, OH hardDrive XL affiliate, 99.7 THE BLITZ were in the radio tent with Hales and Baker doing interviews. Watch their chat with Chad Gray from Hellyeah! And here’s Hellyeah’s new video for “Human.”
Our good friends Lacuna Coil (heart heart) are back in the states. Their new album, Delirium, is out on Friday (pick it up!)!!! They kicked off their US tour on Monday night in Baltimore, MD. Check out two songs:
“House of Shame”
Lacuna Coil is currently touring through Saturday the 28th with Butcher Babies and from May 29-Jun 12 with Stitched Up Heart.
Finally today, our friends and promoters of Rock On The Range and all the killer spring festivals in April and May, will announce the bands for this year’s LOUDER THAN LIFE FESTIVAL in Louisville, KY set for October on Tuesday, May 31st. Here is some key info to note:
Announce: Tues: 5/31 @ 12PM EDT *Bands, Bourbon World, Gourmet Man Food and all experiences
Early bird sale: Wednesday: 6/1 @ 12PM EDT through 6/3 at 11:59AM EDT
General pricing: Friday 6/3 at 12PM EDT SHARP