Heavy Rains Force Closure Of Track At DISTURBED's Concert At Illinois State Fair

August 21, 2022

DISTURBED performed at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand on Saturday (August 20) at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois. However, because of yesterday's rain and thunderstorms, the track was closed for the concert. Concertgoers with track tickets received tickets for grandstand seats. In addition, opening act Nita Strauss was forced to cancel her appearance at the event due to the inclement weather, which also caused the postponement of Saturday's Bettenhausen 100 race at the Illinois State Fair.

After DISTURBED's performance, Nita took to her social media to share a few photos taken at the event, and she wrote in part: "Well, that didn't go as planned.

"The band flew out to Illinois, rented a van and backline gear, drove 3 hours, had a great soundcheck and were in show clothes warming up and ready to play, but there were crazy thunderstorms all afternoon and when lightning kept striking within a few miles of the venue our set finally got cut.

"We were beyond bummed to be right there and not get to perform but on the bright side, it was fun get to go out to the line and meet some of you guys!!"

DISTURBED's eighth studio album was recently mixed for a tentative fall 2022 release.

In July, DISTURBED released the LP's first single, "Hey You". The official music video for the song was directed by Josiahx. Singer David Draiman called the track "a wake-up call. We've become our own worst enemies," he said. "Civil discourse has become the exception instead of the norm. People have lost themselves in outrage addiction."

In June, Draiman said that DISTURBED's upcoming album will contain a "surprise track" that will "blow [fans'] minds."

In May, Draiman told the audience at DISTURBED's concert in Camden, New Jersey that the band's new LP is "about 90 percent heavy as fuck. Now there's still 10 percent of caring, loving goodness [laughs] — 10 percent. Hey, for everybody that fell in love with 'The Sound Of Silence' [SIMON & GARFUNKEL] cover, I figured, you know… But the rest of it? 'Sickness'-, 'Ten Thousand Fists'-era DISTURBED, for sure. You excited about that? 'Cause I'll tell you we're really fucking excited about it."

DISTURBED performed live for the first time in nearly two years last September as one of the headliners of the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky.

In March 2021, DISTURBED's "The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour" was officially canceled. The amphitheater tour, with very special guest STAIND and BAD WOLVES, was originally slated to take place in the summer of 2020 but was rescheduled to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was eventually scrapped altogether.

"The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour" was supposed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of DISTURBED's seminal album "The Sickness". On the tour, the band was expected to perform songs off the album, as well as tracks from 2018's "Evolution" and DISTURBED's extensive catalog.

Disturbed performing 'Down with the Sickness' at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand in Springfield, IL on 8-20-2022.

Posted by Mark Tuttle on Sunday, August 21, 2022

After a 2 1/2 hour rain delay, we finally got to see Disturbed! They skipped the opening band and it was probably a shorter than normal set, but still a great show!!

Posted by Amy Streibich on Saturday, August 20, 2022

Finally Disturbed after waiting in the rain,we didn't get to see Nita Strauss !

Posted by Kelly Deem on Saturday, August 20, 2022

After 4 hours of waiting, 3 hours of Rain it is time for Disturbed at the State Fair!

Posted by George R Christy on Saturday, August 20, 2022

Stood in the rain for 2+ hours. We’re a little bit crazy and a lotta bit Disturbed 🤘🏻 #raisonasscheeks

Posted by Michelle Verity on Saturday, August 20, 2022

Waiting on the Disturbed concert to start delayed due to rain.

Posted by Kimberly Thomas Browning on Saturday, August 20, 2022

Doors for Disturbed will open at 8pm tonight. There will be NO Track for tonight's show due to this evenings rain. Track...

Posted by Illinois State Fair on Saturday, August 20, 2022

My pics from the disturbed concert. Overburdened from standing for 2 hours in the rain, I left. Good thing I thought it would be funny to take a picture of people standing in line in hell.

Posted by Andrea Rice-Marass on Sunday, August 21, 2022


Posted by Zen Membreno on Saturday, August 20, 2022

Finally getting stupified!

Posted by Tammy VanDeman on Saturday, August 20, 2022

Gates 1&2 are open and are scanning tickets for tonight’s Disturbed concert. Due to lightening in the area concert goers...

Posted by Illinois State Fair on Saturday, August 20, 2022

We are efforting a 10:15 start time for the Disturbed concert tonight.

Posted by Illinois State Fair on Saturday, August 20, 2022

Well, that didn’t go as planned 😞⛈

The band flew out to Illinois, rented a van and backline gear, drove 3 hours, had a...

Posted by Nita Strauss on Sunday, August 21, 2022

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