DISTURBED frontman David Draiman has commented on the ongoing war of words between his band and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN over an interview THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN guitarist Ben Weinman gave to Australia's Beat magazine in which Ben said that he was taken aback by what he witnessed at one of DISTURBED's soundchecks. "[They were] practicing where they were going to walk and when they were going to put their leg up on the monitor and pose," Weinman said. "That was weird for us. There are times [during live gigs] where I don't even know where I am."
Speaking to Bob Coburn of the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" for an episode which aired this past Monday (June 2), Draiman said, "I'm actually very confused by [Weinman's comments], 'cause, to be honest with you, we don't normally let anybody around when we're checking or we don't pay attention to it, number one. Number two is I don't ever remember playing with the guys, to be honest with you. I don't know what they were doing there. I don't ever remember having them open for us, so I don't even know what the hell they're talking about. And then as far as 'rehearsing moves,' I mean, I don't know who the hell they think we are we're not N'SYNC; we're not going up there with choreography or something like that, trying to rehearse. 'This is when I put my foot on the monitor here.' [Laughs] No one cares about that. But when it's time for Danny [Donegan, DISTURBED guitarist] to hit his guitar solo, yeah, he needs to be in a particular cued spot so that the lights go to that focus point, when there's a little particular fill in the song. It's called production it's what any big professional band that isn't just punk rock Not to say that there is anything wrong with punk rock, because I have my roots in it, but you can't compare the two styles of a show. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN are more punk and I respect them for what they do I'm not even calling them out on any level, in any way shape or form. I like the style of what they do. I don't understand what the hell they think they saw with us, but gentlemen, let me give you a little bit of education: This is what the big boys do who play stadium shows they wanna worry about how the lights look that they spend so much money on."
Draiman's June 2, 2008 appearance on "Rockline" is now available for streaming at this location.