Disturbed And Gang Deliver A Whale Of A Show At Darien

DSC_2546Concert Review
Breaking Benjamin
Alter Bridge
Saint Asonia

Sunday July 24, 2016
Darien Lake PAC
Darien Center, NY
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto

If you like your music loud, hard hitting, bombastic with some smoke and flashpots mixed in, then Sunday evening would have been the show to see. That’s when Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin rolled into the Darien Lake PAC and delivered a strong set to a very decent sized crowd.

Vocalist David Draiman, drummer Mike Wengren, guitarist Dan Donegan and bassist John Moyer delivered one of the best sounding heavy metal shows perhaps ever at Darien venue. The visual effects helped add more to the mix as Disturbed pulled out all the stops on this one. The band was just in town in early April when they played a sold out show at The Rapids Theatre.

Starting off with the powerful “Ten Thousand Fists” the band then launched into “The Game” quickly followed by “The Vengeful One” to the roaring approval of the crowd.


Other highlights during the bands set were “Stupify” and “Indestructible”. Concluding with their big hit “Down With The Sickness” they left no stone unturned as the audience was left begging for more.

Benjamin Burnley led his band Breaking Benjamin through an enthusiastic set which began with “So Cold” and ended with the band’s biggest song, “The Diary Of Jane”. Burnley mentioned on more than one occasion how grateful he was for the fans because if it wasn’t for them he would not be able to be up there performing.

Another interesting side note on Breaking Benjamin is that this show was exactly one year ago from when they were last in town and played The Fairgrounds Event Center in 2015.


Alter Bridge the band featuring vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy and Creed members guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips played a fast paced set of songs culled from their four albums. They do have a new release scheduled in October entitled The Last Hero.

The night was kicked off with Saint Asonia, a supergroup featuring former Three Days Grace singer and guitarist Adam Gontier, lead guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist Corey Lowery and drummer Rich Beddoe. The band played a short but powerful set that featured songs from their debut album as well as a few covers from Gontier’s old band Three Days Grace.


Ten Thousand Fists
The Game
The Vengeful One
Who Taught You How To Hate
The Sound Of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)
Inside The Fire
DSC_2166The Light
Down With The Sickness

Breaking Benjamin
So Cold
Angels Fall
Sooner Or Later
Blow Me Away
The Imperial March/Schism/Smells Like Teen Spirit/Walk
Ashes Of Eden
Until The End
I Will Not Bow
The Diary Of Jane

Alter Bridge
Come To Life
Farther Than The Sun
Ties That Bind
Addicted To Pain
Rise Today

Saint Asonia
Fairy Tale
King Of Nothing
Dying Slowly
Just Like You (Three Days Grace Cover)
I Hate Everything About You (Three Days Grace Cover)
Better Place
Let Me Live My Life

Special thanks to Tim Tobin and Ashley Ball for making this review happen.

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