Disturbed’s Dan Donegan Speaks Of The Sacrifices Made By Touring Musicians


Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan (also of Fight Or Flight) has spoken about the personal sacrifices he and fellow touring musicians make to do what they love. Speaking on that via the bands Facebook, he commented:

“Something a lot of people don’t realize about musicians/crew is most of us are father’s/husbands too & it never gets easy to leave our families behind! Not easy seeing my kids off to school yesterday and seeing them cry cuz’ I have to tour.It is a great life to travel & play music but it can also be very lonely. I’m NOT in anyway complaining about the life I have cuz I’m very fortunate & blessed.

Just saying most of you who may enjoy a break from your kids, you get to return home from work & tuck them in bed every night. We drive further away to the next state. Our wives have got to be the strongest people I know, to have to handle all duties with the kids,school,home,bills & also being lonely. Yes it can be glamorous but there’s a price to pay! I’ve missed weddings,funerals, birthdays (including my son’s first b-day), kids school events,etc…

There’s lots of great bands busting their asses that are happy just to make enough money to have gas to get to the next city. They put blood, sweat & tears into giving you their music or a show to help you feel good too!Do me a favor and it doesn’t need to be my band (Fight or Flight/Disturbed) but if you hear about a new band, go buy their cd, knowing that all the sacrifices I’ve mentioned, that they are going thru similar things and missing their families too!

We in Disturbed appreciate you the fans who have given us a career & have become our extended family & you know what, when we are away from you, we miss you too! So that being said, we have every intention of returning someday as Disturbed & seeing all your faces again.

All bands do what they can to find balance for our love of music & family. Songs help people heal so find a new band, buy a cd/ download it & help spread the word. Keep rock/metal alive. Enjoy your weekend!Much love & respect- Dan Donegan