Disturbed To Play In Israel For The First Time

Disturbed will perform in Israel for the first time this summer. The band, whose lead singer David Draiman is of Jewish heritage, promoted its Israeli live debut in a video message in Hebrew. Draiman said: "Shalom, we are Disturbed and we will be at Rishon Lezion's Live Park on July 2nd."

Although Draiman has visited the country many times and spent time there in his younger years, the singer said in a 2011 interview with Ynet that he has wanted to play in Israel his whole life. He remarked, "Beyond the fact that people here tell me here and there that they love the band, I think I will be convinced when I can finally put on a show and the audience comes. That would be the real proof."

Draiman spent a year after high school studying at a yeshiva in Israel, and recalled that his life could have taken a very different course: "The level of study that I was at, I was probably only about two or three years away from being ordained as a rabbi, so I really needed to figure out in my head where I wanted to go with things. And I just couldn't do it habitually anymore. I grew a very strong dislike for the organized aspect of religion over the course of time."

Disturbed recently unveiled the dates and cities for the second North American leg of its "Evolution" tour. The new run begins on July 21st in Mankato, Minnesota, winding through the next three months before coming to a close on October 11th in St. Louis. Pop Evil and In This Moment will perform on select dates.