Love ’em or hate ’em, Disturbed are one of the most successful metal/hard rock bands of the last decade. So we were a little surprised to read frontman David Draiman allude to the fact that the future of the band is up in the air. Radio station KQXR/Boise conducted an interview in which they asked the singer about next year’s Music As a Weapon tour. “There won’t be a ‘Music For A Weapon’ tour next year,” he told them. “We don’t know what we’re doing . . . We’re not gonna do our own thing either. This is gonna be the last tour that the American people get to see us in for awhile, if not indefinitely. We have some things going on internally, we have some personal things going on. So I don’t know. It’s hard to tell. But I can definitely tell you there won’t be a ‘Weapon’ around next year with us on it. If we end up keeping that brand [and possibly ‘leasing’ it out to other bands to use]… it has kind of become its own entity, it’s something we have talked about in the past, and that’s possible. But you’re not gonna see a Disturbed tour for awhile.”
The fact that Draiman is stating this only four dates into the their headlining stint on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival should throw up a warning flag as well. If the band’s dealing with internal issues, the right time to deal with said issues won’t be while confined to a tour bus on a national tour that goes on for another month. And the fact that they’re talking about discord in the band this early in the tour doesn’t really seem to bode well for the band’s future. And for all the Disturbed haters out there, it’s not really cause to celebrate either, unless you’re ready for David Draiman and Dan Donegan solo albums. But if one of the most successful bands of the last decade (all of their albums have at least gone gold and all but the latest have gone platinum) can’t get their shit together, what’s that mean for the rest of other bands? Oh yeah, less successful bands have been having their issues this past week as well.