Interview with Dan and Mike The Beat

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1 Interview with Dan and Mike The Beat on Thu 13 Jan 2011, 08:44



KXVO, the CW affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska, conducted an interview with DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren during last fall's Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar tour. You can now watch the chat below.

DISTURBED had to cancel two weeks of U.S. dates last fall when singer David Draiman was stricken with was reported to be a "throat infection." The band completed a tour of Europe in November/December and Draiman revealed the exact reason behind cancelation — he was given an overdose of allergy medication. The frontman told Metal Hammer magazine, "I'd been having allergy shot therapy, and in the middle of the touring cycle an injection that was supposed to be administered at 0.05 of a particular concentration was injected at 0.5 — 10 times more than I was supposed to get.

"I had severe anaphylactic shock. Airwaves constricted, blood pressure plummeting. I was on oxygen for hours and still my blood pressure was way, way low. This was the day before we were supposed to play three shows in a row and the residual inflammation that came from the allergic reaction meant that I couldn't heal from it in the middle of the touring cycle.

"My vocal cords were pretty beaten up: seeing them on a stroboscope was pretty scary. They told me if I sang I'd be risking permanent damage."

Draiman in 2006 underwent successful surgery to fix a deviated septum which was making breathing difficult and affecting his vocal abilities on stage.

DISTURBED will return to the stage in the U.S. later this month with its fifth "Music As A Weapon" tour.

The band will be joined by KORN, SEVENDUST and IN THIS MOMENT.

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