DOKKEN frontman Don Dokken and legendary guitarist George Lynch (LYNCH MOB, SOULS OF WE, DOKKEN) took part in their first joint interview in many years during a recent appearance on the fifth season of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show”. You can now watch the entire episode in three parts below.
In an interview that aired on the February 21 edition of the “Turn It Up” radio show, Lynch stated that LYNCH MOB’s West Coast run of shows as the support act for DOKKEN inspired the four members of DOKKEN’s classic lineup to begin working together again. “Yes, actually it has,” he was quoted as saying. “And that’s something that isn’t gonna happen for a little while. We all have our respective commitments, meaning Jeff [Pilson, bass], Mick [Brown, drums], Don [Dokken, vocals] and myself are all real busy this year doing other things. But we’ve all made a commitment to each other to dedicate ourselves to getting back together. We’ve already got three songs on the table and we’re gonna continue to write throughout the year and put the whole business together and probably go in the studio late fall or early winter of this year and then have a record out toward late spring of next year, and then hit the road.”
Lynch subsequently issued a statement retracting the above-mentioned comments and apologizing “for being preemptive,” claiming that he “just simply misspoke in his excitement.” He added, “We are TALKING about a possible reunion for 2011, but it’s still in early stages!”
All the members of DOKKEN’s classic 1980s lineup reunited on stage for the first time in more than a decade on November 29, 2009 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. According to Andrew Youssef of the OC Weekly, Don Dokken appeared on stage and said he had some friends he wanted to introduce. Jeff Pilson (bass) and George Lynch (guitar) joined Mick Brown (drums) for a two-song encore of “When Heaven Comes Down” and “In My Dreams”.