Dokken’s new album to be ‘Tooth And Nail’ meets ‘Under Lock And Key’ meets ‘Back For The Attack’
Great news for Dokken fans as the band’s long-time frontman Don Dokken is striving to create music that sounds like the group’s three best selling albums of Tooth And Nail (1984), Under Lock And Key (1985) and Back For The Attack (1987).
Don Dokken was recently interviewed on The Classic Metal Show podcast. In terms of the direction for Dokken‘s new studio album, Don Dokken advised (as transcribed by Blabbermouth with slight edits):
“I’ve always tried to think that we should just grow, grow, grow and change… The Beatles got away with it. If you listen to ‘Meet The Beatles’ as opposed to ‘Sgt. Pepper’ or ‘The White Album’, they kept changing, as did Led Zeppelin. Every album changed. I was talking to Kip Winger about that one night, and I said, ‘I just want to do what I want to do. I don’t like record companies telling me what to do and how to write a song. It’s none of their business.’ He said something like, ‘Don, why don’t you just give the fans what they want? Give them the classic Dokken sound. Do what you do. Give them a Dokken record. If you want to drop acid and go off the deep end, you can do it on a solo album.’
I kind of took that to heart. I talked to the boys and said, ‘Why don’t we just do a straight-up, straight-ahead album?’ I don’t want to plagiarize myself, but I’d like to do, like, ‘Tooth And Nail’ meets ‘Under Lock And Key’ meets ‘Back For The Attack’. If I could do that, that’s what I think people would be happy with. The dilemma is to try to do that thirty years later without just ripping myself off and regurgitating old Dokken riffs, but I do want to make a straight-up, straight-ahead, catchy choruses, cool guitar riffs, burning guitar solos, nice grooves. That’s where my mind is right now. I just want to go straight ahead and make a classic-sounding Dokken record.”