“By a show of hands, how many of you have dealt with the demons of addiction or depression or know of someone who has?” asks Disturbed frontman David Draiman to a full arena. The lights raise to show a sea of arms stretch upward, powerfully proving how widespread the war is that the band sings about in "A Reason To Fight."
On Thursday, Disturbed released an important new video spotlighting fans who have struggled with mental health issues and addiction, allowing them space to share their stories and continue to melt away any stigmas associated with this huge epidemic. "A Reason To Fight" is a call to arms and a hand extended to all those fighting their own demons.
“You are not alone. Being taken by addiction and depression is no one’s fault. It’s not something for you to be embarrassed about or ashamed of. We’re in this together” adds Draiman.
The footage at the center of the video for "A Reason To Fight" is from the band's Evolution Tour. In a stirring and strong moment, the band retreats from the fiery stage of their main set to a circular platform in the center of the arena. Here they take the song down to its essence, sending out a message of hope to all those in the fight alongside them. It's the most powerful moment of the show, and when it's paired with real life stories of survival it's striking.
Disturbed and the Evolution Tour is currently in Europe, and will return for a second lef in the United States in July. You can find the full list of dates here.
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