Texting Audience Member Speaks Out After Being Dressed Down By Disturbed’s David Draiman
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During a recent show in Dallas, Disturbed frontman David Draiman returned to the stage for the band’s encore and was greeted with cheers, but noticed a woman in the front row of the balcony who was texting and decided to address the situation. The incident has made the Internet rounds as Draiman asked her what was so important that she needed to be texting throughout the show and stated that she had been rude by spending so much time on her phone during the show. The woman in question has now offered an explanation and had her say in an interview with the Dallas Observer.
The woman in question, Shannon Pardue, told the paper that she and her husband had purchased tickets to the show and despite what Draiman said, she wasn’t texting the entire show. Like others in the crowd, she claimed to have taken pictures and posted a status update, but also was into the show like others. She claims to have not even started texting until the band had finished the body of their set, reaching out to her 14-year-old daughter who had just returned home from a church function during a nasty hail storm.
When Draiman and the band returned to the stage and the crowd began cheering, she says she was finishing up with the chat, and when the vocalist first singled her out, she waved. She says she tried to share that her kids were what was important, but without a microphone, the vocalist didn’t hear her.
“I looked down and everybody was staring at me,” says Pardue. “Have you ever seen a movie where a dorky kid standing there and 20 bullies are making fun of him, making him feel alienated? That’s what happened to me.” She says she stayed until Draiman returned to singing and then she left with her husband following behind.
At first, she told her husband on the way home that she never wanted to go to a rock show again, but says that she’s now getting over the incident. Still, the public embarrassment hit home. “At first ticked me off,” says Pardue. “But then I just wanted to go away. I told my husband, ‘The most embarrassing thing in my life just happened to me.'”
She later continued, “Rock stars wouldn’t be where they are without people who come to pay for the show. Whether I had eyes on him or not, I am still there and I can hear them. He’s an amazing singer and they were good, but it was his attitude. I’ll never pay to see him again nor will my friends.”
As for Draiman, he addressed the incident in the comments section of a Facebook posting. He stated, “1. That woman was not a fan. She was the date of a real fan who was next to her. She was face in phone from the moment the show started to the end. 2. I didn’t stop the show. This was when we came back out for an encore, and I started out by saying how amazing the crowd was (the part not on the recording) … This woman who didn’t want to be there in the first place was the exception, so I chose to make an example of her. 3. These shows went on sale in August and the whole run sold out in 48 hours. There were many TRUE fans who simply didn’t have the opportunity to buy tickets and would GLADLY have switched places with this woman.”
In a separate posting, he added, “You may not agree with my calling out the girl texting/tweeting/Facebooking the entire show the other night, who was clearly only there because her boyfriend took her to the show, and, like it or not, I have to accept that. But when we musicians go up onstage, bleed for our art, leave everything up there, and someone doesn’t even have the decency to watch for even one song, it’s like a slap in the face. We put all we have into what we do. It wasn’t ego, it wasn’t arrogance. It was my shock at the situation, to be honest, especially when so many others would have gladly taken her place.”
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