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Pilson Speaks About Dio And Dokken

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In a members only Q&A with the DIO fan messagae board ( http://dioboard.proboards4.com/index.cgi ), bassist JEFF PILSON talked about his experience with the leadership dynamic in DOKKEN and DIO, two bands he was a part of for several years, "Well Dokken is (at least when I was in the band) a leaderless democracy, which can be good and can be bad. The major trouble I tended to have with Don was when he tried to take control in situations he wasn't always that well equipped for. He often tried to make it FEEL like he was the leader, when in fact he really wasn't- and things would get very scattered. Now that's not saying Don doesn't have wonderful qualities, but the best work we did was usually when there wasn't the ego drama and people created and contributed in a freer way. With Ronnie, it's quite the opposite. No doubt he's the leader, but he never forced that feeling unless he had to. He maintains control while still allowing the individual to flourish. Sure he has his moments, like anyone, but I think he really enjoyed when the band would jam and it really felt like a band. Ronnie is absolutely the best band leader I've ever seen or been around..."

Source: Electric Basement

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