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Indestructible after 10 years

Submitted by on April 12, 2010 – 9:43 amNo Comment

Music-Rock-Metal-2For Dan Donegan, touring is a family affair. When  Disturbed rocks shows, they roll across the countryside in two buses: One for lead singer David Draiman, drummer Mike Wengren and bassist John Moyer, and one for Dan and his fam – wife Nicole, two-year-old Justin, and five-year-old Maya.

As guitarist for one the most successful hard-rock bands on the planet, Donegan says that while balancing family and career at the same time can sometimes be a tricky task, it’s a matter of “picking and choosing” when to be a dad, and when to be bad.

“I play the daddy role the best that I can and watch all the kid shows during the day. But at night once they get to sleep, it’s my time to play a little bit too,” he says. “The guys like it when I have the kids out there because it gives us some sort of normalcy to our lives.”

For Disturbed, the last ten years have been anything but normal. The band  has to date sold four million copies of its debut, The Sickness, and watched its last three releases – Believe, Ten Thousand Fists and 2008’s self-produced Indestructible – top Billboard’s album chart.

Donegan, who produced the band’s “darkest, angriest outing yet,” says backing the boards in place of Johnny K didn’t add to the pressure of stepping into the studio for Indestructible. He says he and his band mates have always worked well under pressure, and would never have walked into booth if they didn’t have “great material to record.”

“We’ve never had to go in and hope that a producer could do some kind of magic and make something happen for us,” Donegan reflects. “If anything, it (producing Indestructible) made us step up even more than we have in the past because we knew we didn’t have that extra person in there to control things.”

Asked what keeps the Chicago brethren grounded after three consecutive number 1 albums and sold out shows across the globe, Donegan singles out a loyal fan base that continues to grow with every new record.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have the longevity to go for 10 years strong and we feel like we’re still gaining fans, still conquering new territories,” he says. “It’s hard not to stay grounded because we’re reminded everyday that they give us life, so we always try to think of creative ways to show our appreciation.”

Remi L. Roy

Also appeared in XPress 05/28/09

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