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Disturbed Were 'Blacklisted' In Chicago In Their Early Days Says Draiman

10/30/2015
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(TeamRock Radio) Disturbed frontman David Draiman has recalled the band's struggle to get noticed in their early days - saying they were "blacklisted" for not being cool enough.

The Chicago band found it hard to make a name for themselves in a city better known for its alternative scene than for rock and metal. Draiman tells Loudwire: "People think it was this meteoric rise - it really wasn't. We beat the hell out of ourselves for two or three years as a local band. Any time a rock show would come through town, we would pass out cassettes, stickers, t-shirts - whatever we could.

"There was a lot of struggle in a city that wasn't conducive to hard rock and heavy metal. It was Smashing Pumpkins. It wasn't about metal so we were blacklisted. We couldn't even play inner city clubs - we weren't cool enough. We had to force our way in." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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