Justin Hawkins And David Draiman Make Peace After The Darkness Singer’s Claims About Disturbed


David Draiman recently reached out to Justin Hawkins on Twitter about the singer’s remarks on performing with Disturbed, and the two let bygones be bygones.

Besides being the lead singer and guitarist of the Darkness, Justin Hawkins is also a YouTube personality who posts videos about his thoughts on fellow musicians and entertaining recollections via his YouTube series ‘Justin Hawkins Rides Again.’ In a recent episode of the series, Hawkins recalled performing with Disturbed.

In the video, Hawkins remembered when the Darkness supported Disturbed at Brixton Academy in 2002. Describing the show as the worst, the singer said the audience was throwing stuff on stage during the show. According to Hawkins, one of the fans threw chewing gum right into his mouth, and Draiman wasn’t pleased with him that day, and he didn’t even apologize.

Here is what Justin Hawkins recalled about that show:

“The Darkness supported Disturbed in 2002 at Brixton Academy. And I love Brixton Academy; it’s probably my favorite venue. It was the worst and one of the best experiences because people were throwing stuff. Some of the things they were throwing were shoes, bottles, and coins. But the thing about coins is, it’s money, so in a way, that was a good thing. It’s funny, though, because I was at the front of the stage. It made me perform more, which made them angrier.

I’ve got a lot of time for Disturbed as a band; I think they’re just brilliant if you like that sort of thing. But one of their fans threw a piece of chewing gum that presumably had been in their mouth, and it landed in mine. I was singing. It was just a brilliant shot; I had to respect it. And then afterward, David Draiman wasn’t very pleased with me. I don’t know; I think I may have issued an admonishment to the throng, which didn’t go down very well with him. But what are you going to do? Who gives a f*ck? I’m just kidding.”

He then continued:

“If a band is supporting my band and then our crowd is not very nice to them, I would always go and apologize. That didn’t happen with Disturbed. It had the opposite effect, and they were angry with us. But this is not my problem.”

After seeing an article about this video, David Draiman reached out to Justin Hawkins via Twitter. He apologized to the singer and stated this incident was one of his regrets. Draiman said it’d been 20 years, and they are both old enough to laugh about it. Hawkins then saw this tweet and thanked the musician. After that, Draiman invited Hawkins to spend some time when possible, and the Darkness singer kindly accepted this offer.

Disturbed singer David Draiman’s tweet read:

“Hey, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness. I’m sorry you feel that way. There are many things I regret saying in the past, and this is one of them. It’s been 20 years. I think we’re both old enough to have a pint at some point and laugh about it.”

Justin Hawkins replied:

“This is awesome! I don’t drink anymore, but I’ll take a non-alcoholic beer. Thanks, David Draiman. So cool that you reached out.”

Draiman said:

“We’re both survivors of this industry. I’m sure we both have stories to tell. Let’s figure out when we’re both in the same place/same time and make it happen.”

Hawkins responded:

“Yeah! I’m down. I just slid into it DMs on Instagram.”

You can watch the video where Justin Hawkins recalls performing with Disturbed and see the tweets below.