DISTURBED's David Draiman Doesn't Understand the Big Deal About Taking Out His Chin Piercings
Last week, we and many other music outlets covered the breaking story that Disturbed frontman David Draiman removed his chin piercings.
At the time, he told Deutsche Welle that the piercings were "kind of a pain in the butt, to be honest. It just felt kind of weird walking around like a 45-year-old Hot Topic kid. I just felt it was time." In a recent interview, Draiman expressed surprised that it took people so long to notice.
Draiman appeared in promo photos for the band's new album without the chin piercings, and Draiman noted that nobody picked up on it until this quote from last week. He tells Hard Drive Online:
“It used to be that whenever I walked around with my old piercing that I was very rarely recognized—it wasn’t a common thing. I could be somewhat incognito. Doesn’t matter anymore. Because my face was so front and center in that video [“The Sound Of Silence“] and it’s been viewed so many times by so many people, now it’s like it doesn’t matter if I have ’em or not, people know.
“And to go to a question which I’m sure you’re going to ask in this interview anyway: Yeah, I felt it was time to do away with them. They’re cumbersome and just annoying and a pain. And it didn’t feel right at this age. I got all this nice salt and pepper going on over here.”
“What I thought was hysterical was is that when the Metal Hammer article came out earlier on in beginning of this whole story, it was pretty obvious I didn’t have ’em in, so why didn’t people lose their minds at that point? What was the catalyst that all of a sudden launched a hundred articles that people went crazy about it? I really don’t think that anybody’s going to buy or not buy a Disturbed album and/or ticket because I am or am not wearing my labret piercings.”
I guess we were all just numb to seeing it and didn't notice when it was gone. Also, it was a funny story to share with friends, I guess?