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Formed: 1978
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Latest Dokken News

Below is our complete Dokken news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Scorpions Announces North American Tour Dates

German heavy metal legends the Scorpions has entered America's Billboard album charts at number 23 with their newest, and final, studio album, "Sting In The Tail" after selling around 18,500 copies of the album in the United States last week. The album has also done well in Canada, reaching the number 22 spot on the Canadian album charts.

The band also announced the first set of dates for their tour of North America, which will see them joined by Cinderella and Dokken. The tour dates are as follows: More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Stone Velvet Roses

In episode three of Celebrity Fit club, Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) is disappointed at his weight loss, telling the judges “I even took three days off drinking”. Bach’s quandary is now whether to continue drinking or just stop eating entirely. This may quickly turn into a semi-Survivor show where we watch to see how long Sebastian survives on red wine alone… More...

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Lynch Mob Streaming New Album Online

Lynch Mob is streaming their new album, "Smoke & Mirrors," online through November 16th. Lynch Mob has also announced the following tour dates:

November 27 – USA, Hollywood, House of Blues (WITH DOKKEN)
November 28 – USA, San Diego, The 4th And B (WITH DOKKEN)
November 29 – USA, Anaheim, House of Blues (WITH DOKKEN)
December 12 - USA, Las Vegas, Feelgoods
January 23 – Brazil, Sao Paulo, Manifesto
January 24 - Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, The Hardrock Café

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Dokken Appears In Norton Commercial

Dokken has become the latest hard rock veterans to appear in a commercial, as they are featured in the new commercial for Norton Internet Security 2010. You can check them out below. There are two versions of the advert, one which represents how damaging viruses can be to your computer and one which represents how effective Norton is at keeping viruses away. More...

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Dokken Announces US Tour Dates

LA's Dokken has announced the following US tour dates:

08/14 - Oswego, NY - Scriba Town Inn
08/15 - Chicopee, MA - Maximum Capacity
08/17 - Ocean City, NJ - Ocean City Music Pier
08/22 - Algona, IA - Rock Gone Wild
09/04 - Murfreesboro, TN - 527th Main St
09/05 - Julian, NC - Piedmont Dragway
09/06 - Omaha, NE - Qwest Center Omaha
10/09 - Mount Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (with GREAT WHITE)
10/10 - Cincinatti, OH - Riverstar Complex
10/17 - Makuhari Messe, Japan - Loud Park Festival
10/24 - Camp Verde, AZ - Stargazer Pavillion

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"Brutal Legend" Track Listing Revealed

GameDaily.com is reporting that the track listing for the upcoming heavy metal themed video game "Brutal Legend," which features the voice of Jack Black, has been revealed. The projected track listing can be viewed below. "Brutal Legend" is set to be released on October 13th in North America and October 16th in Europe. More...

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Dokken Bassist Barry Sparks Posts Update

Barry Sparks, bass player with heavy metal band Dokken, has posted an update rearding the bands activities. His message reads as follows:

"Hello! Well it seems 2009 is going so fast already! Geez, slow down! anyhow, I am back out with Dokken! The gigs in Colorado and Arizona were great! I actually think the band has never played better. In a few days we head out to California and also Texas soon. If you don’t have the new CD Lightning Strikes Again pick it up, I am very proud of it and its real rockin’ too! Also TED NUGENT has released Sweden Rocks a live DVD from our European tour in 2006. a great live recording! Check out my custom made basses at Sparksguitars.com, I love them! Thanks for stopping by!"

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Twisted Sister To Headline Maryland M3 Rock Fest

Maryland's M3 Rock Festival will be taking place on Saturday May 30th at Columbia, Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion. Headling the event will be heavy metal legends Twisted Sister as well as boasting performances from Extreme, Ratt, Dokken and L.A. Guns amongst others. Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday.

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Dokken Adds Extra U.S. Tour Dates

Dokken has announced that they are adding in extra dates in Texas and California for their upcoming U.S. tour. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

2/20 - Grissley Rose - Denver, Colorado (with TRIXTER)
2/21 - Club Red - Tempe, Arizona
2/26 - Canyon Club - Aurora Hills, California
2/27 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, California
2/28 - Santa Fe Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada

3/4 - Scout Bar - San Antonio, Texas
3/5 - Scout Bar - Beaumont, Texas
3/6 - Scout Bar - Houston, Texas
3/7 - Borderfest Hildago, Texas

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Dokken Announces West Coast Tour Dates

LA metallers, Dokken, have announced the following west coast US tour dates in support of their new album, "Lightning Strikes Again:"

1/31 – Lucky Star Casino – Clinton OK
2/18 – Sodo Nightclub – Colorado Springs, CO
2/20 – Grissley Rose – Denver, CO
2/21 – Club Red – Tempe, AZ

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Big Names Announced For Metal Christmas Album

A new metal christmas album named "Metal Christmas" has been announced which will feature some of the biggest names in heavy metal music taking part with the following tracklisting confirmed:

"Run Rudolph Run"
Vocal/bass: Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD)
Guitar/vocals: Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ TOP)
Drums/vocals: Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS)

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Vocal: Alice Cooper
Bass: Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG/ NIACIN)

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
Vocal: Ronnie James Dio
Guitar: Tony Iommi (Heaven And Hell/ Black Sabbath)
Bass: Rudy Sarzo (WHITESNAKE/DIO)
Drums: Simon Wright (AC/DC/DIO) More...

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Sebastian Bach Updates Tour Schedule

SEBASTIAN BACH has updated his tour schedule with POISON and DOKKEN as follows:

8 - Nashville, TN - Sommet Center
9 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
10 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma **
11 - Walker, MN - Moondance Jam
12 - Madison, WI - Willow Island
13 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
15 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center *
18 - Morton, MN - Jackpot Junction Casino *
19 - Rockford, IL - MetroCentre *
20 - Pikeville, KY - Eastern KY Expo Center *
22 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheater
23 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater
25 - New Orleans LA - House Of Blues ***
26 - Birmingham, AL - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
27 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheater
29 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
30 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater
31 - Washington, DC - Nissan Pavilion

2 - Greenville, WI - Greenville Lions Park **
3 - Chicago, IL - FMB Pavilion
7 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
8 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Park Pavilion
9 - Detroit, MI - Freedom Hill
10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion
12 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
14 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
15 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
16 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
17 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
19 - Springfield, IL - Prairie Capitol Convention Center
20 - Lincoln, NE - Pershing Auditorium *
22 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl
23 Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater
24 Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theater
26 Alpine, CA - DreamCatcher ***
27 Lancaster, CA - Antelope Valley Fairgrounds *
29 Kelseyville, CA - Konocti Harbor Resort

* with Poison only
*** headline show

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10 Years Debuts At No. 12 On Billboard Top 200

10 Years debuted at No. 12 with 27,981 copies of their new album "Division" sold. Iron Maiden’s "Somewhere Back in Time" holds the No. 59 slot with 10,995 copies sold and Dokken’s latest album, "Lightening Strikes Again" sold 4,943 copies to obtain the No. 133 slot on the chart.

Other notable rock acts in the Top 200 include:

No. 57 Def Leppard "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge" - 11,258
No. 91 Flyleaf "Flyleaf" - 8,075
No. 146 Avenged Sevenfold "Avenged Sevenfold" - 4,702
No. 149 Nine Inch Nails "Ghosts I-IV" - 4,675
No. 150 Apocalyptica "Worlds Collide" - 4,641
No. 151 P.O.D. "When Angels and Serpents Dance" - 4,633
No. 161 Five Finger Death Punch "Way of the Fist" - 4,411
No. 176 Sixx A.M. "Heroin Diaries Soundtrack" - 4,029
No. 177 Atreyu "Lead Sails Paper Anchor" - 3,989
No. 198 Godsmack "Good Times, Bad Times…" - 3,408

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Dokken Announce Off Date Shows

DOKKEN have announced two off-date shows during their spot on POISON's Live, Raw & Uncut Summer Tour 2008. The lineup also includes Sebastian Bach. Here are the confirmed dates:

* off-date

July 3 - Salt Lake City, UT - Energy Solutions Arena
July 5 - Greeley, CO - Greeley Stampede
July 8 - Nashville, TN - Sommet Center
July 9 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
July 11 - Walker, MN - Moondance Jam 17
July 12 - Madison, WI - Willow Island
July 13 - Columbus, OH - Schottstein Center
July 15 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center Arena
July 17 - Cadott, WI - Rockfest
July 18 - Morton, MN - Jackpot Junction Casino
July 19 - Rockford, IL - Metrocentre
July 19 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend *
July 20 - Pikeville, KY - Eastern KY Expo Centre
July 22 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
July 23 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 25 - Kinder, LA - Coushatta Casino
July 26 - Pelham, AB - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 27 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheatre
July 29 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
July 30 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach
July 31 - Washington DC - Nissan Pavilion
Aug. 1 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock *
Aug. 2 - Greenville, WI - Greenville Lions Park
Aug. 3 - Chicago, IL - FMB Pavilion
Aug. 5 - Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest
Aug. 7 - Boston, MA - Bank Of America Pavilion
Aug. 8 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Park Pavilion
Aug. 9 - Detroit, MI - Freedom Hill
Aug. 10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion
Aug. 12 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 13 - Richmond, VA - Innsbrook Pavilion
Aug. 14 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
Aug. 15 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 16 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 17 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 22 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl
Aug. 23 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
Aug. 24 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
Aug. 27 - Lancaster, CA - Antelope Valley Fair
Aug. 28 - Pala, CA - Pala Casino
Aug. 29 - Kelseyville, CA - Konocti Harbor
Aug. 30 - Salem, OR - Oregon State Fair
Aug. 31 - Vancouver, BC - Boulevard Casino
Sept. 4 - Blackfoot, ID - Eastern Idaho State Fair
Sept. 5 - Grand Junction, CO - Rock Jam
Sept. 6 - Denver, CO - Coors Amphitheatre
Sept. 7 - Hutchinson, KS - Kansas State Fair

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Harlow To Reunite To Play At Rocklahoma

80's glam metal band HARLOW are back together after 15 years with a new record on Retrospect Records. Mickey Kravitz (vocals), Hyland Church(guitar), Mike Rubyor(drums), Matt Cascio(guitar) were signed to Greenworld records in 1986 and released the album " We do what we wanna do" and the single "Rock the box." Retrospect records will be reissuing the first record along with 5 to 6 new songs.

The new CD "Now and Then" should be released by mid June 2008.

In 2005 Cleopatra records re-released the single "Rock the Box" on the box set "Hollywood Rocks" along with other 80's rockers Poison, L.A. guns, Faster Pussycat, Great White, etc.

Harlow is currently bass-less and having a few friends record bass tracks on the new record so far they have Steve Priest from (The Sweet), Jeff Pilson from (Dokken, Foreigner, Dio). The band also has Cherie Currie from (The Runaways) and new artist Electra doing a few back up vocals.

HARLOW will be playing ROCKLAHOMA on July 10th. this year and is planing a contest on a Kansas City, MO radio station to fill the bass player spot. The winner of the contest will join the band HARLOW and play ROCKLAHOMA and any other shows that come up.

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Poison, Dokken, Sebastian Bach To Team Up For Tour

It has been revealed that POISON, SEBASTIAN BACH and DOKKEN will team up for a U.S. tour this summer. POISON will headline the trek, with SEBASTIAN BACH and DOKKEN rotating the opening slot. So far only one date is available: Saturday, August 23 at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California.

POISON will perform at the Rock2Wgtn music festival, which is scheduled to take place March 22-23 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Also scheduled to appear are WHITESNAKE, ALICE COOPER, OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS and LORDI.

POISON's album of cover songs, "Poison'd!", sold 21,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release in June 2007 to debut at position No. 32 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD presents the band's first new studio recordings since 2002's "Hollyweird". Produced by Don Was at Hensen Recording Studios in Hollywood, "Poison'd" packs 13 explosive tracks, including new recordings of DAVID BOWIE's "Suffragette City", THE CARS' "You're Just What I Needed", THE ROMANTICS' "What I Like About You", SWEET's "Little Willy", THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND's "Can't You See" and THE ROLLING STONES' "Dead Flowers". Some of POISON's best previously recorded covers are also featured on "Poison'd", including KISS' "Rock and Roll All Nite", GRAND FUNK RAILROAD's "We're An American Band" and LOGGINS AND MESSINA's "Your Mama Don't Dance".

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Queensryche and Dokken Rock Atlantic City

In the 1980's, when metal ruled MTV and the radio airwaves, two of the greats from the era are the legendary Queensryche and Dokken. When the news of this pairing for a 2008 tour was released, fans made sure they purchased their tickets early. They did not want to miss what was sure to be an evening that evoked long-lost memories and truly great music. There were many surprises in store on this tour--even more that usual.

Queensryche is known for their social awareness, and being artists who do more than write music about it, they take action and get their fans involved too.

During their Mindcrime I and II tour in 2006 they partnered with Buell motorcycles and VH1 to raise money for the Save the Music foundation, fans donated and got to ride along with vocalist Geoff Tate and guitarist Mike Stone from one venue to the next on their one of a kind custom motorcycles Eric Buell designed especially for Stone and Tate.

I do not have the exact tally of the funds raised for Save the Music Foundation, but I understand it to be in excess of $80,000.

Mike Stone told me both he and Geoff Tate are very passionate about music programs remaining in the schools and that it offers children a chance to grow and develop creatively. It is in fact one the reasons Stone is a musician today. Seeing Queensryche live is proof positive that the world and our children stand to lose too much that can be derived from music programs, so they must be kept going, period. More...

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Dokken SInger Discusses New Album

Metal-Rules.com has issued an interview with DOKKEN vocalist/namesake Don Dokken. The following is an excerpt from the interview, conducted by Marko Syrjälä:

Q: What is happening with new the Dokken album LIGHTNING STRIKES BACK? It’s been in the works for about two years now?

A: "Yeah it’s been two years. There have just been a lot of setbacks. We toured in America and did festivals and things like that. I lost my voice for a while and that was like what can you do?

The record was written like two years ago and I had about seven or eight songs but the record company didn’t like them. They thought they were too modern and Jon agreed and said we should do more old-school stuff so he rewrote the album and made it more classic with catchy guitar riffs and catchphrases.

Then I had to rethink and try to go back twenty years and I understand. It’s difficult you know, you get older and you change. So, we basically wrote the album twice. I spent a year writing out then threw it out and started over and that took a couple months.

And just life stuff, everyone has life stuff and families and things that slow you down. This summer was just like doing shows, making quick money and we did the same thing every weekend. You go out and play Friday or Saturday night, come back on Sunday but then you’re tired on Monday. Then you have a couple days to write and then do it over again.

Right when I was ready to do the album and finish it, my voice just died because I was just stupid. I was just being an idiot and wasn’t taking care of myself and getting out of shape. I thought we would go to Europe to promote the record and that’s why we’re here. We promised we would come so here we are. My word is my word."

Read the full article at Metal-Rules.

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Watch Dokken's "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" Vid

Dokken are out with the animated video to their holiday single "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," from the compilation album "Monster Ballads Xmas," also featuring Twisted Sister, Winger, Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer, Queensryche and Skid Row. "Monster Ballads Xmas" is out now on Razor & Tie Records. More...

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Dokken Post Christmas Video Online

DOKKEN's animated video for the band's holiday single, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", taken from the "Monster Ballads Xmas" compilation (Razor & Tie), can be viewed below (animation created by Serge Volsky).

According to CDJapan.co.jp, California hard rockers DOKKEN will release their new album, "Lightning Strikes Again", in Japan on February 6 via Nexus. The first pressing will contain an exclusive bonus track and sticker.

A rough-mix version of a brand new DOKKEN track, entitled "Oasis", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off "Lightning Strikes Again", which will be released in March/April 2008 via Rhino Records in the U.S. and Frontiers Records in Europe. The follow-up to 2004's "Hell to Pay" will feature the lineup of Don Dokken (vocals), Jon Levin (guitar, ex-WARLOCK), Barry Sparks (bass, TED NUGENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MSG) and Mick Brown (drums).

"It will be a very heavy progressive record," Dokken told Deb Rao of KNAC.COM earlier in the year. "Just some cool songs, some dark songs, and some medium tempo. Some of the best work that I have done in years. I am not looking for any kind of sound. I am just writing whatever spiritual inspiration comes to me. You could say the sound is very heavy, like 'Kiss of Death'."

Rhino Records in March revisited DOKKEN's early days with a pair of releases packed with previously unissued material. The first release, a CD entitled "From Conception: Live 1981", captures DOKKEN in an early, previously unseen concert recorded before the band signed with Elektra. The second release is the DVD debut of the band's first home video, the platinum-certified "Unchain the Night", which is expanded with unreleased videos and new extended interviews with the band.

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