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Guitar God Dokken

Lynch

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Official Website: http://dokken.net/

Classic Lineup:
  • Don Dokken - Vocals
  • George Lynch - Guitars
  • Jeff Pilson - Bass
  • Mick Brown - Drums
Current Lineup:
  • Don Dokken - Vocals
  • Jon Levin - Guitars
  • Chris McCarvill - Bass
  • Mick Brown - Drums
Formed in 1979, the band went through multiple lineup changes while touring Europe during their first couple of years. Breaking the Chains was their first album which was recorded and released in 1981. The lineup in the band at that time was the "classic" lineup listed above, with the exception of bass duties were covered by Juan Crocier who was simultaneously in Dokken and Ratt. He left the band before the recording of Dokken's second album and was replaced by Jeff Pilson. This lineup was the mainstay from 1983 to 1997. The band broke up in 1989, but reformed in 1993, putting out 2 studio and 1 live album before George was out of the band in 1997. The final album with the classic lineup was Shadowlife. Don hired John Norum (of Europe fame) to replace George on guitars to finish up the tour. John and Don already had a working relationship as Norum was one of two guitarists on Don's solo album (Up from the Ashes) in 1990. This was a short-lived lineup as Norum had other commitments that he could not get out of. For the band's 1998 album, Erase the Slate, the band hired Reb Beach (of Winger) to take on the guitar duties. He was only with the band for one album before leaving the band. Erase the Slate was also the last studio album for Jeff Pilson who also left the band.

Without going through the other numerous lineup changes over the next 20 years, I'll just say that nothing has ever or will ever compare to the classic lineup in their prime. Don has obviously been a mainstay in the band as has Mick Brown on drums. Even though Mick has bounced around as a touring and recording drummer for various other artists over the years, he was almost always there for the Dokken albums, the only exception being the last studio album, Broken Bones (2012) due to other commitments, however to this day, he still is a member of the band.

In my opinion, Dokken was a bit of an anomaly when it came to the hard rock and/or hair metal boom of the 80's. They were a band based out of Los Angeles during the 1980s, however, they did not have that typical "LA Metal" sound that so many other bands had. I assume that this is due to Don's touring of Europe in the late 70's and early 80's. I think it influenced him to the point that he didn't sing like the other guys from his old stomping grounds, leading him to sounding a bit more like a European hard rock vocalist.

Discography: *(with links to album info)

* not listing compilation or all of the live albums
 

Lynch

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During their 4-year hiatus (89-93), Don released one solo album, Up From the Ashes with an all-star cast of characters including John Norum (of Europe), Peter Baltes (Accept), Mickey Dee (King Diamond) and Billy White (Watchtower).

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This is a very solid album and sounds very similar to previous Dokken albums. Don wanted to release this album as a Dokken (the band) album, however if I remember correct, the studio would not allow it. So, it was released as a Don Dokken "solo" album.

If you like 80's Dokken, I would definitely suggest checking this album out.
 

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When Dokken broke up in 1989, George formed a new band, Lynch Mob (a band that I will definitely be creating a thread for). The first notable name in his band would be Mick Brown, who he had played with throughout their entire careers in Dokken, but dating back to the mid 70's. The first two albums are very near and dear to my heart and among my all-time favorite albums, by any artist ... any genre.

1990 - Wicked Sensation
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1992 - Lynch Mob
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But I won't go into detail about either of these albums as I mentioned I'll be making a Lynch Mob / George Lynch thread at a later date. Suffice it to say, if you liked 80's Dokken or specifically the guitar playing of George during his time in Dokken, I think that you'd love these two albums. He really shines on Wicked Sensation as he was no longer constrained by Don. His musical freedom starts to really show on this album. On the second, self-titled album, I think George may have been at his all-time best. Darker moods, longer and more emotional solos than we had typically heard from him before.

That's all I'll say on that topic for now.
 
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Pat Catalano

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Up from the ashes is one of the best Dokken albums that was not a Dokken album!!
During their 4-year hiatus (89-93), Don released one solo album, Up From the Ashes with an all-star cast of characters including John Norum (of Europe), Peter Baltes (Accept), Mickey Dee (King Diamond) and Billy White (Watchtower).

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This is a very solid album and sounds very similar to previous Dokken albums. Don wanted to release this album as a Dokken (the band) album, however if I remember correct, the studio would not allow it. So, it was released as a Don Dokken "solo" album.

If you like 80's Dokken, I would definitely suggest checking this album out.
 

Lynch

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Up from the ashes is one of the best Dokken albums that was not a Dokken album!!
I agree completely. GREAT album.

I wish I could find my copy. I either lost it, or have it tucked away in storage someplace and haven't seen it in years. Sucks because I'd love to listen to it but obviously can't.

The other thing, my copy was signed by the band. I got to meet the band before their local show on that tour, had the whole band sign the CD insert, and also had Don sign the CD itself. I still remember him looking at me weird when I asked him to sign the actual disc (top, not the playable side, obviously) and he said "weird, I've never been asked to do that before".

IF that's true, I have the VERY FIRST CD that Don ever signed. :D Have or had, can't tell at this point. :unsure:
 

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You need to find that CD...STAT! Lol. I was lucky to see that line up here in Chicago, Front row at the Vic Theater.I will never forget that show.
 

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