Classic Lineup Of DOKKEN is 'Talking About' Playing More Shows In 2018, Says GEORGE LYNCHFebruary 8, 2017
Legendary guitarist George Lynch says that the classic lineup of DOKKEN is "talking about" playing more shows in 2018.
Lynch reunited with singer Don Dokken, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer "Wild" Mick Brown for a six-date Japanese tour last fall, including an appearance at the Loud Park festival. At the time, Don told Billboard magazine that he didn't want to continue with the classic DOKKEN lineup because he "loved" the band he has now — which features Brown, alongside longtime guitarist Jon Levin and bassist Chris McCarvil. "We've been together for 13 years, and I don't want to hurt that franchise," he explained. "Plus if we were to continue with [the classic] lineup, old wounds might be opened, and I don't want to revisit that. I don't think any of us wants to. It's all great when a marriage fails and you say, 'I'm gonna get back with my ex' — for a week, maybe. Six months into it, the wounds come back. I don't want to experience that. It's just not part of my life anymore, and I think the other guys feel the same way."
Now, in a brand new interview with "Trunk Nation", Eddie Trunk's show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106),Lynch revealed that there is a possibility that DOKKEN will be back for more live appearances next year, although he declined to discuss specifics.
Asked if the prospect of more dates from the classic lineup of DOKKEN is "completely out of the question," George responded: "Well, it's never completely out of the question. We are talking about doing something in 2018. I would love for it to happen."'
The guitarist added that DOKKEN's brief 2016 reunion "went well" but admitted that "it wasn't without its challenges." He explained: "It's an interesting band. And I say 'interesting' in a… My wife's not a great cook. I mean, her food's interesting. I don't wanna insult her. I love her. She's trying hard. But the band definitely has an undeniable thing that people love, and we created some good music, and to see the fans' reaction was really great, and we did good business."
He went on to say: "I thought it worked on most levels. So I would like to continue to do more shows with the original DOKKEN."
Pressed about where there are some additional DOKKEN shows in the works, Lynch said: "Well, I can't talk about it, but there is a little bit of something going on."
A new DOKKEN concert DVD focusing on the band's reunion tour is tentatively due before the end of the year. The set will feature footage from two of the Japanese shows — including Tokyo — as well as the band's very first comeback gig, which was held on September 30, 2016 at Badlands Pawn Guns Gold And Rock 'N' Roll in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Pilson told "Trunk Nation" that the Japanese tour was "very, very drama-free; I was kind of surprised — very pleasantly so. It was a great time," he said. "We actually had a lot of fun. We connected on a friendship level that I wasn't really expecting, to be honest with you, and it was great. I mean, it was really, really fun — much more so than I was expecting."
Pilson also talked about the fans' reaction to seeing the classic lineup of DOKKEN perform again. "It was pretty spectacular," he said. "You could feel it. We would meet-and-greets for a lot of people that were… It was a wonderfully warm feeling, and you could feel it all the way through the crowd. And I've gotta say, it was really great."
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