Disturbed Brings Their “Unstoppable” Fire to Syracuse

Photos and review by Rebecca Clark

On the tempestuous night of August 12th, the Lakeview Amphitheater was a therapeutic healing space for music lovers as Disturbed’s “Take Back Your Life” Tour took over the stage. With a lineup featuring metal sensations Jinjer, Breaking Benjamin, and the headliner, Disturbed, the concert promised an unforgettable experience, and it did not disappoint.

**Jinjer,** hailing from Ukraine, set the stage ablaze with their electrifying performance. Fronted by the fierce and powerful Tatiana Shmayluk, their performance resonated with the crowd. Tatiana’s vocals were a force to be reckoned with, digging deep into the essence of their music. It was an exhilarating sight to witness a woman-fronted band commanding the stage with such energy and skill. Jinjer masterfully warmed up the audience for the acts to follow, leaving the crowd primed for an incredible evening.

**Breaking Benjamin** took the stage next, making a statement from the very first note. With guitarist Keith Wallen taking the lead in tracks like “Sooner or Later” and bassist Aaron Bruch stepping up for lead vocals for “Simple Design, the band showcased their musical versatility. Their setlist was a rollercoaster of emotions, kicking off with the hit “Failure” and weaving through tracks like “Red Blood River,” “So Cold,” “Dance with the Devil,” and “I Will Not Bow.” The band’s tight and flawless performance resonated through the amphitheater, bringing back memories for long-time fans who had witnessed their rise from club gigs to this grand stage. Benjamin’s interaction with the crowd, distributing guitar picks and encouraging sing-alongs, established a strong connection that echoed the sentiment of appreciation for their fans’ unwavering support over their 20-year journey. The set culminated with the anthemic “Diary of Jane,” leaving the audience on a high note.

And then came the moment everyone had been waiting for – the **headliner, Disturbed.** The stage erupted in a blaze of pyrotechnics as they burst into “Hey You,” igniting the crowd’s energy to its peak. “Stupify” followed suit, with bassist John Moyer and guitarist/keyboardist Dan Donegan unleashing synchronized jumps that intensified the stage’s fiery atmosphere. The concert, however, took a poignant turn when, mid-set, the band unexpectedly shifted gears and delivered an acoustic rendition of “A Reason to Fight.” Frontman David Draiman’s vulnerability shone through as he emotionally expressed his battles with mental health. With tears in his eyes, he shared that his son and fans were his reasons for overcoming his darkest moments. This touching revelation transformed the concert into a powerful and healing experience, transcending the mere realm of music.

Draiman continued to connect with the audience, declaring the event to be the “largest group therapy session.” He invited fans who had struggled with depression and addiction to raise their hands, sparking an awe-inspiring display of solidarity. The band’s performance of tracks like “Hell,” “Prayer,” “The Game,” and “Indestructible” resonated deeply, punctuating the message of unity and resilience.

Disturbed’s showmanship reached its zenith during their rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence.” Donegan’s piano performance, accompanied by cello and violin, created an awe-inspiring symphony of emotions.

The concert ventured into solo performances, with both Donegan and Moyer captivating the crowd with their musical prowess. The band invited a family on stage for “The Light,” a heartwarming gesture that celebrated the new generation of rock fans. Draiman acknowledged bands like Nothing More as pioneers of the new rock era, highlighting the genre’s enduring legacy. The crowd, illuminated by phone lights, sang along in unison, creating a breathtaking visual spectacle.

As the night drew to a close, Disturbed delivered an electrifying encore. “Unstoppable,” “Down with the Sickness,” and “Inside the Fire” ignited the audience one final time, leaving everyone in awe of the powerful performance they had just witnessed. The “Take Back Your Life” Disturbed Tour at Lakeview Amphitheater was not just a concert; it was a shared journey of music, emotion, and healing that left an indelible mark on every heart present that night.

Jinjer Photo Gallery

Breaking Benjamin Photo Gallery

Disturbed Photo Gallery