DISTURBED frontman David Draiman performed his band’s Grammy-nominated cover of SIMON & GARFUNKEL‘s “The Sound Of Silence” at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.
The event, which was held on June 27, was organized by Creative Community For Peace (CCFP), an organization comprised of prominent members of the entertainment industry devoted to promoting the arts as a means to peace and to countering the cultural boycott of Israel.
Warner Bros. Records sponsored the event with co-hosts Evan Lamberg, president of North America Universal Publishing and CCFP advisory board members Neil Jacobson, president of Geffen Records; Zach Katz, president repertoire and marketing, BMG; Rick Krim, co-president of Sony/ATV Publishing; David Lonner, CEO of Oasis Media Group; and David Renzer, chairman of Spirit Music Group.
Guests included chairman and chief executive of Warner Bros. Records Cameron Strang, president of Shout Factory, Bob Emmer, leading entertainment attorneys David Byrnes, Jeffrey Light, Craig Emanuel, Aton Ben Horin from Warner Bros./ Atlantic Records, and film producer Howard Rosenman, as well as executives from Variety, Warner Bros., and many others.
After his performance, Draiman, who is a CCFP member, urged his colleagues to continue their efforts to make sure music is never silenced. “I encourage each one of you to support the exchanging of ideas, culturally, spiritually, philosophically and politically with everyone on the face of this planet,” he said. “Let’s teach ourselves how to build those bridges of peace.”
Consul General of Israel Sam Grundwerg shared a special message of the importance of music and the arts in bringing people together.
At the event’s conclusion, guests were given a private viewing and tour of “Paul Simon Words & Music”, an exhibit organized by the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Museum.
DISTURBED‘s cover version of “The Sound Of Silence” was officially certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association Of America on May 26, commemorating more than two million units’ worth of sales and streams.
The video for DISTURBED‘s version of “Silence”, which was released in December 2015, has been seen more than 271 million times, a record number of views on YouTube for the group.