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Disturbed Receive Nod of Approval From Paul Simon for ‘The Sound of Silence’ Cover

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When we chatted with David Draiman this past week for our upcoming interview, he stated that he had heard through the grapevine that Simon & Garfunkel liked Disturbed‘s cover of “The Sound of Silence,” but had not heard directly from either musician. That’s now changed after the band’s powerful performance on Conan this past week.

Draiman revealed via the band’s Facebook page that Simon had reached out via email and shared the email exchange with fans. “It’s not every day that one of the most prolific songwriters of all time sends you an email message. Allow me to share with you the brief exchange I had with Mr. Paul Simon himself!!!! Somebody pinch me … P.S., and no, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke,” stated Draiman setting up the post.

Simon stated, “Really powerful performance on Conan the other day. First time I’d seen you do it live. Nice. Thanks.” Draiman responded, “Mr. Simon, I am honored beyond words. We only hoped to pay homage and honor to the brilliance of one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Your compliment means the world to me/ us and we are eternally grateful.”

“The Sound of Silence” is currently the No. 1 song on the Active Rock charts. Meanwhile, the band’s performances of the song on tour have been a highlight as the group’s members typically take on different instruments while local string musicians accentuate the Disturbed performance.

See where the band will be playing on tour at this location and stay tuned for our interview with Disturbed’s David Draiman later this week.

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