Disturbed’s Dan Donegan On Upcoming Collaboration With Heart’s Ann Wilson: “It Just Came Together Great”

During an interview with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF, Disturbed’s Dan Donegan discussed the band’s new song “Don’t Tell Me.” The track, which features Heart’s Ann Wilson, is from the band’s new album “Divisive” (out November 18) and Donegan says it “came together great.”

Donegan said the following:

“Early in our career, we wanted to really establish ourselves without having any guests. We didn’t really talk about it much, but just [felt], ‘This is the band.’ Not that we were ever against it, but this far along in our career… We’re always pushing ourselves, trying to do stuff that’s different musically. And there’s so much talent out there and so many people we would love to do collaborations with now or later in our career.

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 fan of, and she mentioned she really loved our version of [SIMON & GARFUNKEL’s] ‘The Sound Of Silence’. And that kind of opened the door to a social media friendship between her and David [Draiman] a bit. And then when we wrote this song, it just 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.'”

He also added:

“I can’t give it away, but their voices, it’s like Fergie and Jesus — a little ‘Step Brothers’ [2008 movie] quote there… It was a pretty magical moment to be in the room and to hear the two of them harmonize together.

We tracked David’s vocals in Nashville, and we wanted to make it easy and convenient for her, ’cause we were, like, she said yes, she’s gonna do it. Let’s make it as easy as possible on her.’ We flew out to California to meet with her. We went into a studio out there for just a couple of hours, and she sang against David’s tracks. And he was there kind of going over the harmonies with her and stuff too. So it was kind of a really magical moment to see the two of them working on those harmonies together. It was pretty impressive. And she’s such a pro, and she’s so damn good. She’s a legend. So it was pretty exciting. And it’s not like she sits there and jumps on people’s albums either, so we take that as a badge of honor to think that there’s not many times where somebody as big a legend as she is that she would jump on any album. She doesn’t have to, and she chose to be on this one. And she loves the track. And it just came together great.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ann Wilson Shares Cover Of Queen’s “Love Of My Life” Featuring Vince Gill

Ann Wilson (Heart) has teamed up with Vince Gill for a cover of Queen’s “Love Of My Life.” This track is from Wilson’s new album “Fierce Bliss,” which will be released on April 29. Wilson commented:

“‘Love Of My Life’ is a beautiful song about endless love. It was my honor to duet with Vince Gill on this song; an unforgettable experience for which I’m grateful. I had the idea for the Queen song ‘Love Of My Life’ as a duet, so I just tried to picture who would be ‘the male angel’ that would sing the other part of it. I thought how great the song would be if it was stripped down and just sung with soul, and it had to be Vince Gill because he’s got that voice, that soul.”

Heart’s Ann Wilson To Release New Solo Album “Fierce Bliss” In April, Premieres “Greed” Music Video

Heart’s Ann Wilson will be releasing a new solo album, titled “Fierce Bliss,” on April 29. A video for the effort’s first single, “Greed,” can be found below:

Wilson said the following about the new song:

“‘Greed’ is that thing in our animal nature that makes us want MORE. Whether it be money, sex, power or ecstasy, it fires our craving. It happens with all of us. When you turn around and catch yourself making decisions because you want the money, or because you’re caught in the headlights of glory, well, those are greedy moments.”

“I think people who claim to have made every decision from a root of pure idealism, and never done anything dark or greedy, is lying. I think everybody who ventures into especially the music industry hoping for a career with big success, ends up making these Faustian bargains at some point even if only briefly. It’s an aggressive song and I think I write best when I’m angry.”

“Fierce Bliss” Track Listing:

01. “Greed”
02. “Black Wing”
03. “Bridge Of Sighs”
04. “Fighten For Life”
05. “Love Of My Life”
06. “Missionary Man”
07. “Gladiator”
08. “Forget Her”
09. “A Moment In Heaven”
10. “Angel’s Blues” (CD and digital only)
11. “As The World Turns”

The following guests will appear on the record:

  • Vocals – Vince Gill on “Love Of My Life”
  • Lead Guitar – Kenny Wayne Shepherd on “Bridge Of Sighs” and “Missionary Man”
  • Guitar – Warren Haynes on “Gladiator” and “Angel’s Blues”
  • Guitar – Tyler Boley on “Black Wing”
  • Keyboards – Danny Louis on “Gladiator” and “Angel’s Blues”
  • Keyboards – Dan Walker on “Black Wing”
  • Bass – Jorgen Carlsson on “Gladiator” and “Angel’s Blues”
  • Bass – Andy Stoller on “Black Wing”
  • Drums – Matt Abts on “Gladiator” and “Angel’s Blues”
  • Choir – The Rev Nathan Young Singers on “Missionary Man”

Wilson also has the following dates booked:

02/19 Metairie, LA – Family Gras
05/04 San Francisco, CA – Great American
05/05 Napa, CA – The Uptown Theatre
05/07 Pala, CA – Pala Casino
05/09 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
05/10 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
05/13 Los Cabos, MEX – Hard Rock
06/11 Peachtree City, GA – Fred Amphitheater
06/13 Nashville, TN – Basement East
06/14 Nashville, TN – Basement East
06/16 Tampa, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
06/17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Parker

Heart’s Ann Wilson Shares Music Video For Her Cover Of Alice In Chains’ “Rooster”

Heart’s Ann Wilson has shared a new video for her cover of Alice In Chains’ “Rooster.” You can check that out below. This news comes after the singer previously honored Alice In Chains by performing the song at the MoPOP Awards. The track is also featured on the b-side of her limited edition 45rpm single.

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Heart’s Ann Wilson Covering Queen, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Etc. Songs

Ann Wilson (Heart) has shared pro-shot footage of herself performing various covers during her August 18 show at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, NH. You can watch her take on tracks by Queen, John Lennon, The Who, Aerosmith, and Led Zeppelin below:

Founding Heart Guitarist Roger Fisher Joins Ann Wilson Onstage During Seattle, WA Show

During Ann Wilson’s October 16 show at the Neptune Theater in Seattle, WA, the singer was joined onstage by her former Heart bandmate Roger Fisher. You can see footage of Wilson performing “Mistral Wind” with the guitarist below:

Heart’s Ann Wilson Shares Pro-Shot Footage Of Her Set From The “Never Forget Concert”

Heart’s Ann Wilson has shared pro-shot footage of her set from the 2021 “Never Forget Concert.” The event, which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, took place on August 21 at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. All of the proceeds from it went towards the Tunnel To Towers Foundation.

Heart’s Ann Wilson Releases New Live EP “Howlen Live”

Heart’s Ann Wilson and her solo band The Amazing Dawgs have released a new live EP titled “Howlen Live.” The effort, which can be purchased on Bandcamp, features the following tracks:

01. “Crazy On You” (live from Orlando June 24, 2021)
02. “Black Wing” (live from Orlando June 24, 2021)
03. “Love Of My Life” (live from Clearwater June 25, 2021)
04. “Barracuda” (live from Ft Myers June 22, 2021)

Wilson commented:

“As we finished up the leg in June, it became clear to me that we made some real magic out there, so I’ve decided to release a number of those performances on an EP called ‘Howlen Live’. Please enjoy that taste! There’s much more where that came from.”

Ann Wilson (Heart) Announces August U.S. Tour

Ann Wilson (Heart) has announced an August U.S. tour. Here’s the dates:

08/14 Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
08/15 Annapolis, MD – Maryland Hall
08/17 Albany, NY – The Egg
08/18 Hampton, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
08/20 Atlantic City, NJ – Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
08/21 Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Theater (Tunnel To Towers Foundation’s “Never Forget” Concert)
08/23 New York, NY – City Winery
08/24 New York, NY – City Winery