After a seething, blisteringly hot day of metal, Disturbed closed down Mayhem Fest 2011 on the main stage. As always, Mayhem Fest included an absolutely beautiful stage treatment with big lights, lots of haze, and for Disturbed, pyrotechnics.
Disturbed put on a good show – this was the second time I'd had the opportunity to photograph the band. The first time was also on Mayhem Fest back in 2008, back when they were supporting Slipknot headlining that tour.
Once again, the intensity of the band came through in force with Disturbed's performance, despite intense heat under the shed of the amphitheater.
Lighting for this show was excellent, just as it was for all of Mayhem Fest. If anything, the lighting seemed a little more quickly changing than it was for the tour's supporting bands. In addition, Disturbed's lighting seemed to rely more on uplights at the front of the stage, which dramatically lit David Draiman and company.