David Draiman Admits He Almost Joined Chester Bennington And Chris Cornell

Disturbed’s David Draiman has been going through some tough times recently. During a heartfelt moment at a recent show in Milwaukee, Draiman candidly shared his struggles with the crowd. As the emotions rolled in like a wave, he talked about missing Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, who sadly lost their lives to depression.

Draiman gave a powerful speech while referencing Disturbed’s song ‘A Reason To Fight.‘ Overwhelmed with emotion, he remembered his late friends Chester Bennington, Scott Weiland, and Chris Cornell. Draiman stated that every one of us needs a reason to fight our inner demons. He then drew a comparison between depression and addiction, likening them to cancer that invisibly eats you from the inside.

In an emotionally charged confession, Draiman revealed how he is tired of losing loved ones to depression and addiction. He said he misses Bennington, Weiland, and Cornell and was brutally honest about his own struggle, admitting that he, too, nearly succumbed to the same demons a couple of months ago. In a stirring call to the audience, he reminded everyone that they weren’t alone in this battle.

Here is what David Draiman said during the Milwaukee show:

“A reason to fight — we all need one. The demons that are known as addiction and depression are very, very real. They are diseases no different than cancer. You can’t see depression. You can’t see addiction. It festers inside. It metastasizes and takes over your body and mind, your soul. And I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of losing everybody I love to depression and addiction. Every single band member on this stage has dealt with those feelings, with those demons. And I miss the friends that we’ve lost. I miss Chester, I miss Scott, and I miss Chris.

And if I can be completely honest with you, a couple of months ago, I almost joined them. Addiction and depression can happen to anyone, ladies and gentlemen. No one is immune from it, no matter how beautiful their life may look from the outside. No matter how blessed they may seem. It’s out of our control. Now, by a show of hands, how many of you have dealt with the demons of addiction and depression yourself or know someone that has? Keep ’em up. Now take a look around this arena. As you can see, my friends, you are not alone.

David Draiman himself has been going through a rough patch, especially following his recent divorce from his wife of ten years. Yet, his courage to voice his struggles reminds us all that it’s okay not to be okay sometimes, but most importantly, that we are not alone.