Disturbed with Jinjer & Breaking Benjamin at the Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania on August 26th, 2023.
Photos and Review by The Pit Magazine Contributor David Desin Photography.
On a summer night under the sprawling canopy of the Pavilion at Star Lake, music history was written as three powerhouse bands took the stage. Jinjer, Breaking Benjamin, and Disturbed united for an unforgettable evening of rock and metal, leaving a sold-out crowd in awe.
Jinjer: A Rising Force
The Ukrainian progressive metal band Jinjer kicked off the night with an electrifying performance that set the bar high. Vocalist Tatiana Shmayluk’s astonishing vocal range and stage presence had the audience mesmerized. Their blend of djent and metalcore tracks, including “Pisces” and “Vortex,” showcased their technical prowess and lyrical depth. Jinjer’s dynamic set proved that they are a rising force in the metal world, and they undoubtedly won over countless new fans.
Breaking Benjamin: A Journey through Hits
Breaking Benjamin took the stage, greeted by an eruption of cheers. The Pennsylvania rockers, led by Benjamin Burnley, delivered a masterful performance that was a journey through their chart-topping hits. Classics like “The Diary of Jane” and “Breath” had the crowd singing along, creating an atmosphere of pure rock euphoria. Burnley’s hauntingly emotive vocals resonated throughout the amphitheater, and the band’s tight instrumentation left no doubt as to why they are beloved in the rock community.
Disturbed: An Explosive Finale
The main event of the night, Disturbed, emerged to a thunderous ovation. David Draiman, with his iconic gravelly voice and charismatic presence, led the charge. The band’s setlist was a powerful mix of their greatest hits and newer material. “Down with the Sickness” was a highlight, with the crowd roaring the iconic “Ooh-wa-ah-ah-ah!” in unison. Yet, it was the acoustic rendition of “The Sound of Silence” that brought a hush over the audience, showcasing the band’s versatility and emotional depth.
What truly set Disturbed apart was their engagement with the crowd. Draiman’s heartfelt speeches on unity and resilience struck a chord, creating a sense of unity among the diverse audience. The band’s commitment to their fans was evident in every note they played.
A Night to Remember
Beyond the music, the atmosphere at the Pavilion at Star Lake was one of sheer joy and camaraderie. Metalheads, rock enthusiasts, and music lovers from all walks of life gathered to celebrate their shared passion.
A Rock Spectacle for the Ages
As the final notes of Disturbed’s encore faded into the night, the Pavilion at Star Lake was left buzzing with energy and emotion. August 26, 2023, will be remembered as a night when three titans of rock delivered a concert that exceeded all expectations. Jinjer, Breaking Benjamin, and Disturbed created an experience that showcased the enduring power of rock music, uniting generations and leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who were lucky enough to be in attendance.
Photos by The Pit Magazine photographer David Desin Photography, in Eerie, Pennsylvania. ©2023.
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