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Formed: 1978
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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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Dokken Bassist Checks In

DOKKEN bassist Barry Sparks has checked in with the following update:

"The European Dokken tour was a lot of fun! Having KINGDOM COME with us was great as well. They are a really great band and we had some really good gigs. A few highlights that come to mind are Barcelona, Madrid and Milan. Spain and Italy always have some of the best fans. I have been spending a lot of time in Italy as well.....drum roll please...........because I got married there on September 3rd!! To my beautiful girl Alessandra!! Which makes me half Italian now! Here (click left) is a picture of me and my wife! Ciao Amore! Io sono musicista!! Grazie arrivederci!"

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Lizzy Borden To Film New Video This Weekend

LIZZY BORDEN will film a video this weekend for the song "Tomorrow Never Comes".

The clip, which will be shot on location in downtown Los Angeles with director Kevin Mcvey, is described as "a haunted little tale."

This will be the first video from the band's forthcoming album, "Appointment with Death", due in the U.S. on October 30 via Metal Blade Records (November 5 in Europe). Appearing in the clip will be bandmembers Lizzy Borden, Joey Scott, Marten Andersson and Ira Black.

"Appointment with Death" was produced by Lizzy Borden and Joey Scott. It was recorded at the Zanzibar studios in N. Hollywood CA and was mixed by Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, ex-MORBID ANGEL) at Mana sound in Florida

Like all past Lizzy Borden recordings, "Appointment with Death" is a conceptual piece; this concept is centered around the theme of, as the title implies, death.

Commented Lizzy: "Oddly enough, writing eleven songs about death was no easy task for me; lyrically being graphic or grotesque would have been too easy, and being overly morbid would bring nothing new to the concept. I wrote this just like I have all of the other LB recordings, as a play or a movie. There is a beginning, middle and an end with the lead character taking us on a journey. Death is all around us, lurking, waiting to pounce, striking fear and antagonizing the living in many different ways, I tried to explore some of those ways in the most poetic way that I know how."

The music on "Appointment with Death" was composed by Lizzy, Ira Black, Marten Andersson and Joey Scott and is epic, heavy, dark and melodic — everything a traditional LIZZY BORDEN recording should be and more. With new guitarist Ira Black along with Marten Andersson on bass and co/founder Joey Scott on the drums, the LIZZY BORDEN sound has evolved into a multi-dimensional ever-lasting-gobstopper working just as well in an ipod as it has always done on stage.

Said Lizzy: "These musicians are more then just special guests, they all, each in their own original way helped to create this work of fiction and bring 'Appointment with Death' to life."

Musicians appearing on the CD:

George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB)
Dave Meniketti (Y & T)
Corey Beaulieu (TRIVIUM)
Michael T. Ross (ANGEL, HARDLINE)
Adam Cameron
Marliese Quance

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Dokken Guitarist "New Album Is Slammin'"

DOKKEN will perform on July 14 at one of the most talked-about music festivals this summer, Rocklahoma. The band is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its upcoming release, "Lightning Strikes Again".

Commented DOKKEN guitarist Jon Levin: "We will be performing all of the hits at Rocklahoma on July 14th and perhaps a surprise or two as well. We are all very excited about the event and looking forward to seeing all the fans. Absolutely.

"I notice quite a few young fans in the audience now. Looks like its all coming around again.

"The record is coming along well and we are still aiming for September as a release. I think the fans will be happy with the record. It rocks! It 100% recaptures the DOKKEN sound and more.

"We are beginning the tour in Europe in September and I am looking forward to it. We are doing 25 shows there. After Europe, we will be touring the U.S. in the fall. Time to get excited...

"'Lightning Strikes Again' is slammin'."

"Lightning Strikes Again" will be released 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).

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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Dokken and Kingdom Come Team Up for European Tour

DOKKEN and KINGDOM COME will team up for the Defenders Of Rock double-headliner tour between September 26 and October 22. So far only one date has been released: October 7 at the Z Rock 2007 festival at Maximes, Wigan, United Kingdom.

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Dokken Sign With Frontiers Records

Frontiers Records has announced the signing of DOKKEN for the release of a brand new studio album in 2007.

DOKKEN's upcoming CD, tentatively titled "Lightning Strikes Again", will be "a classic DOKKEN style release, something that all the fans have been asking for," says Don Dokken. "We hope to be done with the production of the record within January 2007, so that we can plan a full European tour for the summer time!"

DOKKEN's latest CD, "Hell to Pay", was released in July 2004 via Sanctuary. The recording lineup on the album was as follows: Don Dokken (vocals), Jon Levin (guitar, ex-WARLOCK), Barry Sparks (bass, TED NUGENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MSG) and Mick Brown (drums).

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Don Dokken Uploads Solo Material

DOKKEN mainman Don Dokken has uploaded audio samples from his upcoming "Solitary" solo album at his official web site. Check out the cuts "Someday", "Sarah", "Never Forget", "Meadows", "Ship of Fools" and "Everything" at this location (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

DOKKEN filmed their recent shows in Mexico and Greece for a bonus DVD to be included with their upcoming album, "Lightning Strikes Again", tentatively due in early 2007.

DOKKEN's latest CD, "Hell to Pay", was released in July 2004 via Sanctuary. The recording lineup on the album was as follows: Don Dokken (vocals), Jon Levin (guitar, ex-WARLOCK), Barry Sparks (bass, TED NUGENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MSG) and Mick Brown (drums).

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The Beatles Go Metal?

On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".

When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."

"Butchering The Beatles" track listing: More...

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Iron Maiden All-Star Tribute Planned

On October 11, IRON MAIDEN fans the world over will have something new to get excited about as the newly re-launched Restless Records releases "Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden", a tribute to the legendary band. The album, which features MAIDEN's own Paul Di'Anno and marks Restless' return to its metal and punk roots, is produced by Grammy award winner and tribute album pioneer Bob Kulick (KISS, METALLICA, AEROSMITH), along with Brett Chassen, and features appearances from current or former members of IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, DIO, JUDAS PRIEST, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, WHITESNAKE, SLAUGHTER, HELMET, DOKKEN and many others.

"It's a fitting salute to an awesome band and may be the best tribute I've ever produced. I really like what we've done to these amazing songs, and more importantly, the band approves," says Kulick of the album.

"Numbers from the Beast" features 11 classic IRON MAIDEN tunes revamped in honor of the band's 25th anniversary. The final track listing is as follows:

01. Run to the Hills
02. Wasted Years
03. Wrathchild
04. Flight of Icarus
05. Fear of the Dark
06. The Trooper
07. Aces High
08. 2 Minutes to Midnight
09. Can I Play With Madness?
10. The Evil That Men Do
11. The Wickerman

The cover of every official IRON MAIDEN album has featured a zombie called "Eddie." Eddie has been painted by artist Derek Riggs for 20 years. "Numbers from the Beast" cover art was naturally painted by Riggs and is a must-have for any MAIDEN fan.

"Numbers from the Beast" marks the first release on the newly revamped Restless Records. William Hein, current president of Rykodisc and former head of Enigma Records, co-founded Restless in 1985 as a punk and metal sub-label of Enigma. Restless became a stand-alone label after Capitol-EMI acquired Enigma, and was subsequently acquired by Rykodisc in 2003. Now, back with a new sound and logo, Restless returns to its roots with the MAIDEN salute, as well as an upcoming reissue from California punk outfit 45 GRAVE.

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Don Dokken On Paying Hell In The Music Industry

DOKKEN frontman DON DOKKEN talked candidly with Electricbasement.com's Jeff Kerby on the financial rigors of the music industry, "Do you know what a CD costs to manufacture, shrink-wrap and take out the door? 50 cents. People in the industry want to know why fans are downloading songs for free—well, it’s because there is such a greedy profit margin. Why can’t it just be like a regular price like maybe $10.99? That would be a fair amount of money—about a buck a song. When you’re making discs for fifty cents and gouging everyone, then that’s what’s going to happen. It is Hell To Pay just like the title of our album. It’s judgment day folks and labels are dropping like flies."

He expands on the plight of bands, "...a lot of bands, and you’ve heard this on Behind the Music, they’ve made millions and then woke up one day like TLC, and they had nothing. It’s like, 'where is all the money?' It would be great if everyone had a lawyer and an accountant in their band so that everyone could watch the cookie jar and make sure that people keep their hands out of it, but if you’re going down the highway for ten hours to your next gig, and you have a home or a lot of other properties, someone is going to have to pay the electric bill, the gas bill and the phone bill. You just can’t do that type of thing if you happen to be in Spain. At some point you do have to hire someone to take care of your finances. That would be a business manager, and some are honest while others aren’t. It’s just so tempting though when they see money coming in to take just a little to see if it’s missed. If it isn’t, then maybe they do it again. They know that you’re on the road for eighteen months, so it’s really tempting."

He does admit to being happy with his current label, Sanctuary Records, in which they recently issued their 6th release with them, Hell To Pay, "Everybody is making money, and everyone is happy, so why leave? Don’t fix it if it isn’t broken."

Read the full article at Electric Basement.

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George Lynch To Tour California

George Lynch is heading out on a short California tour supporting his new release "Furious George." Lynch will perform all of his guitar shreddin' hits from multi-platinum albums he performed in Dokken to his own famed band Lynch Mob.

“Furious George” released on Shrapnel Records, brings Lynch's guitar playing to a new level of shredding. The album is collection of cover tunes with extensive guitar solos that will leave his legion of fans pointing and staring as their speakers in disbelief as the speakers melt in the guitar fury. Lynch exhibits an awareness, sensitivity and mastery of a variety of styles on this record as he navigates musical territory originally trod on by artists such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Grand Funk, Mountain, Jeff Beck, Montrose, Cactus and Captain Beyond.

Lynch is regarded, by the guitar playing community, to be one of the best guitarists of all time. “Furious George” is an album that delivers what the fans have been requesting, extended solos over great material.

Tour dates: More...

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Iron Maiden Tribute CD Lineup Revealed

Legendary rock producer and musician Bob Kulick (Kiss, Meatloaf) has finished producing an all-star tribute to Iron Maiden in honor of their 25th anniversary. Culling from his extensive contacts in the musician world, Kulick has assembled major hard rock and metal players to come together and put this tribute album together.

All of the tracks have been completed except for two key signature vocalists to come in and finish the job. Kulick has been using the rest of the finished material to shop around for a label to license the masters and put out the hottest Iron Maiden tribute of all time.

The album will feature the following track listing/musicians: More...

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Monterrey Metal Fest To Be Filmed For DVD Release

The first-ever Monterrey Metal Fest, set to be held on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, will be filmed with 10 stationary, mobile and crane-mounted cameras and will be released in the future in DVD format worldwide, according to a press release from Cage, one of the bands scheduled to appear at the festival. Other groups set to perform on the main stage include Twisted Sister, Dio, Dokken, Quiet Riot, Shaman and Hatebreed.

The secondnd stage will feature the hottest Mexican metal bands currently on the scene: Next, Evilheart, Argos, Aglarond, Calvaria, Marco Ferrigno - The Quest, Stentor, Eon, Skeptic Universe, Divina Lez and Aiwass.

To visit the Monterrey Metal Fest web site, click here.

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Evilheart Confirmed For Monterrey Metal Fest

Mexican black/death metal band Evilheart have been confirmed for the first-ever Monterrey Metal Fest, set to be held on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The complete lineup for the festival so far is as follows:

Main Stage:

Twisted Sister
Quiet Riot

Second Stage:

Skeptic Universe

The Monterrey Metal Fest Vol. 1 will be the largest heavy metal festival ever to be held in Mexico. The outdoor Coca Cola Auditorium has a capacity for over 20,000 persons.

The festival promoters, Day Dream Productions and Dark Vission Entertainment, plan on making the Monterrey Metal Fest an annual event.

To visit the Monterrey Metal Fest web site, click here. More information about Evilheart is available at this location.

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Cage Confirmed For Monterrey Metal Fest

San Diego, California heavy metal band Cage have been confirmed on the line-up of the 1st ever Monterrey Metal Fest Vol. I, to be held on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

The festival line-up is made up of the following internationally recognized bands: Twisted Sister, Dio, Dokken, Quiet Riot, Shaman, Hatebreed and Cage.

The Monterrey Metal Fest Vol. I will be the largest heavy metal festival ever to be held in Mexico. The outdoor Coca Cola Auditorium has a capacity for over 20,000 persons.

The festival promoters Day Dream Productions and Dark Vission Entertainment plan on making the Monterrey Metal Fest an annual event. Visit the Monterrey Metal Fest (Vol . I) website.

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Bassist Barry Sparks Comments On UFO Tour

Bassist extraordinaire Barry Sparks (Dokken, ex-MSG, Ted Nugent) has commented on the reports that he will be filling in for UFO bassist Pete Way on the band's upcoming U.S. tour after Way was denied a working visa "due to having overstayed the number of days he was there on his last visit."

Says Sparks: "Well, what can I say... my good pal and bass-buddy, Mr. Rocknroll himself, Pete Way, sadly did not did not get his work permit for the UFO tour dates in America. I am honoured to have been asked to step into his shoes for the American shows. I'm a big fan of UFO and have worked with them before, at Donington in 2001. I've also worked with [current UFO guitarist] Vinnie Moore. OK, so I call it 'work' but really it was all fun fun FUN! I'm looking forward to meeting y'all out on the road with UFO. Bring your friends along too, and make lots of noise!"

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UFO Bassist Denied US Visa, Replacement Announced

UFO bassist Pete Way will have to sit out the band's upcoming U.S. tour after being denied a working visa "due to having overstayed the number of days he was there on his last visit," according to a posting on the group's web site. His temporary replacement is Barry Sparks (Dokken, ex-MSG, Ted Nugent). Barry previously played with UFO at Donington in 2001, and he has also worked with current UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore.

UFO tour dates:
Sep. 22 – Baltimore, MD - Thunderdome
Sep. 23 - Glenside, PA - Keswick
Sep. 25 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
Sep. 26 - Sayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Sep. 27 - Buffalo, NY - Club Infinity
Sep. 28 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Rex Theater
Sep. 29 - New York, NY - B.B. Kings
Oct. 01 - New York, NY - B.B. Kings
Oct. 02 – Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Oct. 06 – Sauget, IL - Pops
Oct. 08 – Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag
Oct. 09 – Cleveland, OH - Odeon
Oct. 10 – Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Oct. 11 – Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Oct. 12 – Milwaukee, WI - Potowatami Casino

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George Lynch: Tour Dates Announced

Former Dokken guitarist George Lynch has lined up the following dates in October:
Oct. 01 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Oct. 02 - Leominster, MA @ Club Liquid
Oct. 03 - New York, NY @ Don Hill's
Oct. 04 - Clifton, NJ @ Ding Batz
Oct. 05 - Springfield, MA @ Geraldines
Oct. 06 - Baltimore, MD @ Thunderdome
Oct. 07 - Farmingdale, NY @ The Downtown (w/ DANGER DANGER)
Oct. 08 - Cheektowaga, NY @ Rock n' Roll Heaven
Oct. 09 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
As previously reported, Lynch recently released a new instrumental cd, entitled "Furious George". The album is collection of cover tunes with extensive guitar solos that "will leave his legion of fans pointing and staring as their speakers melt in the guitar fury," according to an official press release.

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George Lynch Discusses Relationshop With Dokken

In an in-depth interview with Electricbasement.com, ex-DOKKEN guitarist GEORGE LYNCH talks about the early underpinnings of his severely strained relationship with vocalist DON DOKKEN. Lynch claims the vocalist snuck material from him prior to him joining Dokken. Lynch was in a SoCal band called Xciter at the time. "...Don said he had an interest in recording one of my songs. He had a publishing deal in Europe. I said, 'I'm listening.' So next think you know, he's asking to come by and hear my material and do a deal. He wanted to record it for some money. I said 'cool.'

"But he never called me back or showed up. He went to Europe and sold the song, but didn't put our names on it. He put his name on it, made money and spent it. He came back to America and asked for me to form a band with him. During this conversation, I brought up the song issue.

"I asked to see the paperwork on the publishing deal. He was very nervous about it. In the back pages (of the contract) was a signatory page with his signature on it. It said 'Paris Is Burning' written by Don Dokken."

When asked why he didn't sue Don, Lynch explains, "When Don rips someone off, he covers his ass. He really does. That's exactly what happened." Lynch also said he didn't have enough to get a laywer at the time and also, suing in Europe would have proved too much of a hassle, "...but what was I going to do, pay in Deutsche marks?! I drove a liquor truck, so I didn't make enough money to hire a lawyer. On the one hand, you can sue; on the other, you can join his (Don's) band. It's always a dangling carrot. He's a very clever con artist."

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Former Dokken Bassist Has No Desire To Rejoin Band

Jeff Pilson, perhaps best known for his bass and backing vocals work in Dokken, talked candidly with ElectricBasement.com about why Dokken does not fit into his future plans. He explains why the oft-derided "Shadowlife" album didn't work and how the problems persisted since. "It's a little too simple to simply blame guitarist George [Lynch] for that one," Pilson said. "We were really a band in chaos at that point, way too divisive. George did want to keep his distance from Don on that one, so in that way he added to the divisiveness. But we had generally worked up our records without Don at first, then he would come in at some point. But this time it didn't work. We also made too much of an attempt to NOT be Dokken, which was a mistake. And [producer] Kelly Gray was only doing his job of trying to make what we wanted, but that went way too far. Kelly and Don did work out a lot of the final vocals, which didn't work out well either. So I wouldn't just blame George. I know I tried to add a progressive element to it, which didn't really work, odd time signatures, etc. Plus the sounds were just not vintage Dokken — another mistake. Really it was an example of a band who had no focus and had lost its working chemistry. That's probably a big reason why I'm not too excited at the thought of working with Dokken again. I don't see the point. I would rather work with George where I know we still have our chemistry."

Pilson recently laid down bass tracks for the new Dio album, "Master of the Moon", and had this to say about the material and how it compares to his previous Dio collaborations, "Strange Highways" and "Angry Machines", "It's more like classic Dio than those two records. They were a bit more 'modern' and experimental. This new one is classic Dio — great songs. Dio fans will love it. I think there are a few songs on it which are masterpieces, and I don't use that word lightly." Bassist Rudy Sarzo was unable to record with the band due to prior commitments, but is now the permanent member, currently touring in Russia.

Read Pilson's entire interview with ElectricBasement.com at this location.

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