I'd say the biggest problem was the production-value. The wall of screens was an amazing idea and the reintroduction of pyro was incredible.
The big problem was lugging it all around; for a band of Disturbed's level, all that fuel and man-power must have really driven up costs, which is what prevented them from playing Russia and Western Europe. Don't get me wrong, the band is a major-seller, but I just don't think they're big enough yet to justify production of that scale. So I think playing big festivals (meaning big venues, big ticket-sales and big sponsors) was the only way they could off-set their enormous production-budget. I kind of doubt they made much profit out of it.
My guess is that Jeff Battaglia wanted to strike while the iron was at its hottest. Frankly, Disturbed has been really going up in the world in the last few years (4 #1 albums, Grammy Nom, several radio records set) so I'm guessing he expected to get this investment back in album-sales; since Asylum merely went Gold, this failed (while it was the band's idea, the label might have green-lit The Lost Children to make up for the unexpectedly low sales of Asylum). In a way it backfired by tiring out the band much faster than usual; playing 100 shows in less than three quarters of a year is terrible (this rate of shows played was at least a week-to-a-month faster-ratio than the Indestructible run; by comparison Metallica plays the same amount in roughly the space of a year).
I'm hoping the stress caused to the band by this last tour has at least left a significant mark on the music-buying populace. My hope is that the merch/album sales of the next record cycle will allow them to tour more comfortably, with longer breaks and more cities covered. A Grammy or two wouldn't hurt either.
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