Former Dokken Bassist Jess Pilson Has No Desire To Rejoin Band
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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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