During the encore of Disturbed's performance in Dallas last Wednesday (March 23), frontman David Draiman reprimanded a fan for using her cell phone, a perceived act of rudeness that he claimed lasted "the entire fucking show." Draiman's diatribe spanned a full two minutes, and managed to incite jeers and boos against the woman, who was watching the band's set with her husband on the second story balcony. Watch video of the incident above.
Performing before an audience of thousands, many of whom had purchased their tickets last August, Draiman managed to excoriate the one person whose gaze wasn't quite affixed to his gleaming scalp and shiny, metal mouth-piercings. That person was Shannon Pardue, who was, as she told the Dallas Observer, texting her 14 year-old daughter, who happened to be home alone in the midst of a hail storm. So much for motherly concern.
Draiman, for his part, was genuinely vexed at the sight of an audience member using her phone:
"Don't tell me to go fuck myself. You already did by looking in your phone instead of paying attention. ... If you were up here and I did that to you, how would you feel? Seriously! It is fucking rude. It is!"
Pardue told her husband, Jason, that Draiman's rebuke was "the most embarrassing thing in my life." Pardue, a Disturbed devotee for many years, managed to escape the concert after the band's encore, but later noted in a Facebook post that the band had "just lost two big fans" in herself and her husband.