During their May 04th performance at Milwaukee’s ‘Hog Fest’, DISTURBED lead singer David Draiman shared a heartfelt message with the crowd. He took a moment to discuss the challenges he and his fellow band members face in terms of depression and addiction. The moving scene can be viewed in the video below.
Referencing his band’s song “A Reason To Fight,“ Draiman said: “A reason to fight. We all need one. The demons that are known as addiction and depression are very, very real. They are diseases no different than cancer. You can’t see depression. You can’t see addiction. It festers inside. It metastasizes, takes over your body and mind, your soul.
And I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of losing everybody I love to depression and addiction. Every single bandmember on this stage has dealt with those feelings, with those demons. And I miss the friends that we’ve lost. I miss Chester [Bennington, LINKIN PARK singer], I miss Scott [Weiland, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer], I miss Chris [Cornell, SOUNDGARDEN frontman]
“And if I can be completely honest with you, a couple months ago, I almost joined them,” he confessed. “Addiction and depression can happen to anyone ladies and gentlemen. No one is immune from it no matter how beautiful their life may look from the outside.
“No matter how blessed they may seem. It’s out of our control. Now by a show of hands how many of you have dealt with the demons of addiction and depression yourself or know someone that has? Keep ’em up. Now take a look around this arena.
“As you can see my friends, you are not alone.”