Dan Donegan Says Ann Wilson Jumped On The Opportunity To Work With Disturbed

In a recent interview with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF radio station, guitarist Dan Donegan shared his thoughts on the enthusiasm Ann Wilson showed about working with Disturbed.

Disturbed had built their career without making any collaborations as they were determined to establish themselves in the industry without having any guest appearances. As the band is now seasoned with seven albums under their belt, the members finally decided to work with artists they admire in the industry for their eighth studio album.

Their eighth studio album ‘Divisive’ will be released on November 18, featuring their first ever guest, Heart’s Ann Wilson. The emotional duet ‘Don’t Tell Me’ will be different for Disturbed musically, but the band is known for trying new sounds on every album.

Dan Donegan stated that Ann Wilson had previously tweeted about Disturbed through her official account. Wilson had also mentioned her love for Disturbed in one of her interviews; specifically the cover the band did of ‘The Sound Of Silence.’ Donegan added that when they heard her comments about them, David Draiman and Ann Wilson became friends on social media.

The guitarist said that when they wrote ‘Don’t Tell Me,’ it felt like a song that Wilson’s voice would compliment. The band approached Wilson for a possible collaboration to see whether her voice and Draiman’s would blend well. Wilson was over the moon and immediately wanted to be a part of the song. Donegan added that they were shocked by the fast positive response and for getting the chance to work together.

Donegan’s words about collaborating with Ann Wilson:

“Ann Wilson had mentioned before — she tweeted about us before. A few years back, somebody asked her in an interview or whatever if there’s anything new out there or newer musically that she’s heard that she’s a fan of. She mentioned she loved our version of [Simon & Garfunkel’s] ‘The Sound Of Silence.’ And that opened the door to a social media friendship between her and David Draiman.

Then when we wrote this song, it seemed like it would lend itself to Ann’s voice and then trying to see that merge between her and David’s voices together. She jumped on the opportunity. Immediately she responded, and we were, like, ‘Holy shit. She just said yes to this.'”

You can watch the interview below.