DON DOKKEN: I Tried My Best To Make DOKKEN Reunion Happen For The Fans
DOKKEN mainman Don Dokken has issued the following update.
“Thanks to all of you that can see through the smoke and mirrors. Yes, Jon [Levin, current DOKKEN axeman] is an amazing guitarist and a great human being as well.
“There was a lot of talk about a DOKKEN reunion — I tried my best to make it happen for the fans with Jon’s blessing — but the bottom line was Jeff [Pilson, former DOKKEN bassist] said he’s busy with FOREIGNER for the next few years, so that was that.
“When I agreed to [appear on VH1 Classic’s] ‘The Metal Show’ [with former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch], we were going to announce a reunion but at the last minute Jeff asked me not to talk about it because he had not mentioned it to Mick Jones [FOREIGNER] yet. I totally understood, [I] just wish he would have said something before I agreed to do the show with George. His comments on the show spoke for themselves.
“After all these years, I have tired of defending myself.
“The band is ‘rokken’ and we get along great, which is paramount to me at this time in my life.
“George will always have his fans, which he earned, but I will always give credit to the amazing guitarists that have come after him.
“Reb Beach gave the band DOKKEN a great contribution on ‘Erase The Slate’ — it speaks volumes as to his talent. John Norum, as well, on ‘Long Way Home’.
“‘Dysfunctional’ is still one of my favorites and even though George is credited as the guitarist, he did not write any of the songs. That body of work was written by Jeff, Mick [Brown, drums], and myself. George came in after it was finished and did the solos.
“I’m writing this so the truth is out there. “‘Dysfunctional’ sold over 400,000 copies in ’95, which was amazing since grunge was at its height at the time and bands like us were considered old news! 15 years later we’re still here and going strong and it’s because of you, the fans, [and] our music that allows us to keep touring.
“This year it will be 30 years since I recorded ‘Breakin’ The Chains’; wow, time flies!
“Anyway, we are beginning to write yet another record and I think it’s going to be very cool.
“Again thanks to all that support us and for those of you that need to whine, get a life!”