Disturbed's Dan Donegan Talks Favorite Riffs, Fantasy Collaborations and New Album, 'Evolution'

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This self-taught guitarist used to bang nails and pour concrete for his father’s construction company in his native Illinois. Now he tours the world — and sells a ton of records — with his longtime band, Disturbed, who’ve just released a bold new album, Evolution. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is...

When writing a new song, how many different riffs or rhythms does it take before you say, “Hey, this is the one for the song”? —Zak Kalas

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James Wood

James is a guitarist and freelance writer who's interviewed some of the biggest names in music. He is the author of four books and his writing credits include work for Guitar World, AXS and Yahoo! as well as for his hometown newspaper where he writes on a variety of topics with both passion and humor. As a guitarist, he's performed everywhere from local bars and nightclubs to some of the biggest stages in front of thousands of music fans.