Daytripper: Disturbed / Breaking Benjamin / Jinjer @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, 08/12/2023
Saturday night, the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview in Syracuse was a hotbed of electrifying rock music as the legendary band Disturbed took the stage for a mind-blowing performance. Despite a looming tornado warning, the weather gods seemed to smile upon the event, gracing the audience with minor rainfall and a balmy 85-degree evening – a perfect backdrop for an unforgettable night of music.
The evening kicked off with a punch as the Ukrainian metalcore outfit Jinjer took the stage. Their intense and dynamic set was an excellent prelude to the main act, getting the crowd amped up for what was to come. Following them, Breaking Benjamin demonstrated their seasoned performance chops, proving why they could easily headline their own tour. Their setlist was a rollercoaster of hits, igniting the audience’s enthusiasm even more.
Then, the moment everyone had been eagerly waiting for arrived. Disturbed stormed onto the stage with the opening chords of “Hey You,” immediately captivating the audience with their powerful presence. As the night progressed, they flawlessly delved into classic hits like “Stupify” and “Ten Thousand Fists,” sending waves of energy and nostalgia through the crowd.
What truly set this concert apart was the exceptional production value. The multi-level pyrotechnics added a stunning visual dimension to the performance, creating an immersive experience that perfectly complemented the music’s intensity. The interplay between the fiery explosions and the band’s raw energy was a sight to behold, proving that Disturbed’s commitment to their live shows goes above and beyond.
The surprises didn’t end there. Disturbed treated the crowd to an array of covers, including their rendition of Genesis’s “Land of Confusion,” which they made entirely their own. A standout moment was when they offered up their hauntingly beautiful cover of “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel, showcasing their versatility and ability to connect on a deeply emotional level.
As the night progressed, the momentum continued to build. The encore was a true testament to Disturbed’s captivating showmanship. “Unstoppable” echoed through the amphitheater, followed by the pulse-pounding “Down With the Sickness,” which sent the audience into an ecstatic frenzy. But the grand finale was saved for the fan-favorite “Inside the Fire.” The pyrotechnics during this performance reached a level of spectacle that can only be described as unreal – a symphony of fire and sound that left everyone awestruck.
In a world where live music experiences have become a rarity, Disturbed’s performance in Syracuse was a powerful reminder of the emotional connection that can be forged between musicians and their audience. From the opening notes to the final explosion, every aspect of the concert was executed with precision, passion, and an unwavering commitment to delivering an unforgettable show.