Check out the moment that Disturbed performed their fabulous cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence. It’s an incredible cover, but this one is made even better because the band is joined by Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge. Alter Bridge has released seven rock albums, which have all been well received by the music press and fans.
The gig took place at a concert in Houston, Texas, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Disturbed has welcomed many other guest vocalists, but this duet is particularly special. It’s like Simon and Garfunkel’s darker twins are singing. This is a sublime performance, so if you’ve never heard it, you should make time now.
The raw, raspy, haunting quality of David Draiman’s voice melds and harmonises beautifully with Myles Kennedy’s. It adds a totally new dimension to the song. This is incredible, as it was already a wonderful cover.
Disturbed covered the song in 2015 and uploaded a music video to their YouTube channel. It’s been viewed more than 90 million times to date. The band performed the song live on the Conan Show and afterwards received a surprise message: Paul Simon had asked for his contact details!
He emailed David Draiman to compliment the cover and shared the song on his social media, publicly praising the performance. That’s the best validation any musician could hope for when making a cover, and naturally, David was thrilled. It had taken him three hours to record his solo, and he poured his heart and soul into it.
Since then, Disturbed has performed the cover live many times. We’re lucky that this particular show was uploaded for all of us to enjoy. It’s such a soulful and mesmerising performance, you’ll feel the hairs rise on the back of your neck. It’s simply stunning. It hasn’t been viewed as many times as Disturbed’s original video, but 17.4 million views is still huge.
The comments have also exploded. Simon and Garfunkel, Disturbed, and Myles Kennedy fans are all pouring out their love for this amazing song. Here’s a flavour:
“I had the privilege of seeing Simon & Garfunkel perform this in concert when I was about 10 years old, and tears poured down my face throughout the entire song. A friend turned me on to Disturbed’s cover a couple of years ago, and it blew me away. But this version, with the amazing lead by the amazing David Dramin and the incredible harmonies by Myles Kennedy, has just destroyed me.”