Over 10,000 rock and rollers turned up for the Disturbed show at KeyBank Center this past Saturday. While it may have helped having Three Days Grace on the bill as well as being on a Saturday night, Buffalo was sorely in need of a good kick-ass show and they got it from both bands. Basically Disturbed took a page out of Motley Crue’s book by playing the east coast in the dead of winter with no other competition on the road and they were rewarded. One look at Disturbed’s stage set up and you knew that KeyBank Center was the place to be Saturday night.
A huge video screen that lurked in the back of the stage showing images all in Hi-def and ran the whole width of the stage. It was something you’d expect to find at a Kiss show. From the first note of “Are Your Ready” the band was in prime form as they delivered the best concert they ever performed in or near the Buffalo area.
Disturbed who is led by vocalist David Draiman, have had very few lineup changes over the course of the band’s existance. Draiman along with drummer Mike Wengren, guitarist Dan Donegan and bassist John Moyer have created something special since the band took a four year hiatus in 2011. They returned in 2015 and appeared to really be energized as evidenced by their two appearances in town in 2016 in Niagara Falls and Darien Lake. But nothing topped the show they put on Saturday night.
With such powerful songs as “Stupify”, “Ten Thousand Fists” and of course show closer “Down With The Sickness” the band had the audience pumping fists in the air as they all stood out of their seats for most of the 90-minute show.
The high point of the night believe it or not came during the band’s cover of “The Sound Of Silence”.
Three Days Grace recently released Outsider, their sixth album last year. The band is still out on the road supporting the album and have now landed the opening gig on Disturbed’s tour. Ousider marks the band’s second album with vocalist Matt Walst and the reviews have been really positive. The band opened with “Mountain” from the new release and also performed “Infra-red” and “Right Left Wrong”.
Walst of course is the younger brother to bassist Brad Walst and has done an admirable job taking over the vocal duties in 2013. The brothers along with guitarist Barry Stock and drummer Neil Sanderson have soldiered on as they did on this night rocked the joint.
While the new songs went over well, it was the classics the band is known for that drew the loudest response. With legendary songs like “I Hate Everything About You”, “Home”, “Pain” and “Never Too Late” no one went home unhappy. The bands best song of the night was a fantastic version of “Animal I Have Become”.
There was nothing more enjoyable than a double-billed high energy show such as this one on a cold snowy Saturday night in Buffalo. Both bands turned up the heat and delivered a scorching performance. Anyone that attended this show went home completely satisfied and if they didn’t they at least had a better appreciation for rock and roll.
Are You Ready
The Vengeful One
Land of Confusion
Hold On to Memories
Ten Thousand Fists
A Reason to Fight
Watch You Burn
The Sound of Silence
Inside the Fire
Down With the Sickness
THREE DAYS GRACE
The Good Life
Right Left Wrong
I Hate Everything About You
Animal I Have Become
Never Too Late