DISTURBED Guitarist: DIMEBAG Inspired Resurrection Of Guitar Solo

In a brand-new interview with The Flint Journal, DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan spoke about the group's resurrection of a time-honored tradition in rock — the guitar solo — while penning their latest album, "Ten Thousand Fists".

"When we started writing, we went back to the basics of just kind of jamming out riffs," Donegan said. "That brought us back to some of our influences. It made the songs seem like some of them could use guitar solos. We just thought we would expand on that. We're trying to contribute in our way bringing this element back to rock music.

"I think part of it is a tribute to Dimebag," Donegan said, referring to late PANTERA guitarist Darrell Abbott, who was gunned down while performing with his band DAMAGEPLAN in 2004.

Donegan is unsure why guitar solos fell to the wayside.

Story continues after advertisement

"Ever since the grunge days and this 'alternative' thing, there hasn't been a whole lot of soloing going on," he said. "When we first formed, we had a lot of guitar solos in all the songs. As we were developing, our songwriting - for me, personally — was starting to become more influenced by (grunge) bands like SOUNDGARDEN, ALICE IN CHAINS. SOUNDGARDEN, especially, really didn't have any solos.

"There probably (aren't) many kids that can play it, I guess. There's a lot more coming out that are starting to shred a lot more. A lot of these hardcore bands like SHADOWS FALL, ATREYU, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, they've got some great players. They're all strutters and quick players."

Donegan explained that he comes from the "school" that promotes tasteful guitar playing, "not trying to show off for 20 or 30 seconds of a song.

"I'm trying to do something more along the lines of what Jerry Cantrell (formerly of ALICE IN CHAINS) did, very tasteful. He did what felt right for the song. There were very melodic and memorable solos," he said.

"Just growing up as a kid, I liked playing air guitar to my favorite players, and (it) needed to be something melodic that made you want to act like you were playing it yourself. It's kind of hard to do it if it's all speed, fast playing. I admire the guys that do it and do it well."

Read more at www.mlive.com.

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).