When heavy metal group Disturbed recorded a Simon & Garfunkel hit for their 2015 album Immortalized, the band had no idea what an impact it would make.
Not only did the Chicago group attract many new fans, it also received praise from the legendary Paul Simon himself. According to frontman David Draiman, the musician offered him kudos for recording “The Sound of Silence,” which Simon wrote between 1963 and 1964.
Furthermore, Simon also shared a link of Disturbed’s Conan performance on hisFacebook page calling it “wonderful.” The performance, shown below, has more than 2 million views on Conan O’Brien’s YouTube page. (The official music video also has more than 33 million views on the group’s YouTube page.) Once you hear it below, I’m sure you’ll understand the hype.
“When the original songwriter himself gives his blessing and compliments you on what you’ve done, when our entire intention was to pay homage to one of the most prolific and gifted songwriters of all time, it’s truly overwhelming and incredibly surreal, and a very big shock. We couldn’t have hoped for a more positive outcome,” he told Fuse. “It’s wonderful knowing that he loves it.”