Disturbed allowed dancers Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd to use the band’s version of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence” as the music for their freestyle dance on Monday night’s (May 23rd) edition of Dancing With The Stars. The pair used the track after DiMarco, who is deaf, penned a letter to the band asking their permission to incorporate the song into the routine.

The band explained in a Facebook post, “Nyle emailed us to ask for our permission to use our version of the song that has inspired him and hopes to convey an even bigger message to help people better understand the history of the deaf community . . . This is not only a great honor for a hard rock/metal band like us to be asked to be part of the biggest night of their show but for us to play a role in raising awareness for Nyle’s cause.”

  • “The Sound Of Silence” has been a huge hit for Disturbed, with Paul Simon sharing his approval of it publicly after watching the band perform the song onConan and also exchanging emails with singer David Draiman.
  • Draiman told us that he still cannot believe the response the band got from Simon: [“You always hope and you pray, when you do something like this, that the original artist loves what you’ve done and embraces it. But I had no idea that something this amazing was gonna happen, and humbled and grateful beyond words.”] SOUNDCUE (:14 OC: . . . grateful beyond words.)
  • “The Sound Of Silence” topped the rock radio airplay chart for several weeks and is still in the Top 10. The track is taken from Disturbed’s latest album,Immortalized, which ended a five-year recording hiatus for the group.
  • Disturbed will finish up a run of dates with Rob Zombie on Wednesday night (May 25th) in Fort Wayne, Indiana and hit festivals in Pryor, Oklahoma and San Antonio, Texas this weekend before heading to Europe. Following that, the band will begin a co-headlining jaunt with Breaking Benjamin on July 9th in Syracuse, New York.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the dance on Dancing With The Stars:

Watch Disturbed perform Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name” with Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix at the Rock On The Range festival this past weekend (warning: explicit lyrics):

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Michael Stanislaus wrote: “‘Sound of Silence’ is one of the few times that a band has actually done a cover justice. Really good.”

Felipe Gonzalezs wrote: “It is for a good cause, and yes deaf people can feel vibration and probably follow the song’s bassline, i think it is cool. Great song and the cover i think it is actually pretty good. Glad these is being put for a good cause.”

Ian Fraser wrote: “The video isn’t so bad when I mute the volume.”

Chris Behrmann wrote: “The sound of silence…maybe disturd will take the hint…”

Artie Vandelay wrote: “Deaf people are Disturbed’s target audience, so no surprises there.”