Disturbed fans gathered at The Machine Shop Concert Lounge in Flint on Wednesday night to see Singer David Draiman’s new Industrial metal band called Device. This venue is such a great place to see a show, with its intimate size, great sound, and of course the vibe of the place, its one of my favorites.
After Disturbed’s hiatus in 2011, Draiman announced he was collaborating with Geno Lenardo, former guitarist of Filter, and working on new material. Their debut self-entitled album Device was released in April 2013. In Februray their first single “Viliry” was being played on the local rock Radio stations. Draiman’s voice and singing style are very similar to the way he sounds in Disturbed, and many of the songs seemed like they could be Disturbed songs. Either way, the fans seemed to love them.
I was surpised to learn that Lenardo is not playing on this tour. I don’t know why, but playing guitar in his place is Virus (from the band Dope). Drumming on this tour is the amazingly talented Will Hunt (Dark New Day, BLS, Evanescence). These three musicians are a powerhouse on stage. Draiman always commands the audience’s attention, while Virus thrashed around and Hunt pounded out thunderous sounds on a sweet looking drum set. They also performed two fantastic cover songs, “Close My Eyes” by Ozzy Osbourne and an encore of Nine Inch Nail’s “Wish”.
Draiman commented to the audience, “I love The Machine Shop. Now I know why everyone talks about this place!” Draiman had never played the venue with his other band Disturbed. They rose to success quickly and this place was too small for them. But for Device, it was a perfect fit. It was a night of great music, killer performances by all the bands, a hype crowd, in a fantastic venue, with a great selection of the tastiest Craft Michigan Beers.
Opening the show was Gemini Syndrome and Nonpoint. Both these bands rock and got the audience stirred up and excited for Device.
After the show, Draiman appeared outside and signed autographs and took pictures with nearly every fan in attendance. You don’t see too many rock stars do that nowadays. If so, they only sign for a few or they make you pay big money for a meet & greet. Kudos to you Mr. Draiman. You came out and signed for the entire line, which was pretty long (It looked like the entire venue was in line). Thank you kind sir.
Gemini Syndrome and Device will be performing at the mighty Rock On The Range Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio next weekend.
Check out more tour dates and get the new CD and band merch here:
DEVICE SET LIST AT THE MACHINE SHOP. FLINT, MI 5.8.2013
YOU THINK YOU KNOW
CLOSE MY EYES (OZZY OSBOURNE)
WAR OF LIES
OUT OF LINE
THROUGH IT ALL
PART OF ME