Dokken not really allowed to hang with Aerosmith during tour in 1987-88 due to fear of corrupting them
Dokken frontman Don Dokken was recently interviewed by Tigman for iHeartMedia and spoke about some of Dokken‘s most memorable tours from the past.
With respect to his favorite tours from back in the ’80s, Don Dokken opined (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx): “Well, let’s see, the Monsters of Rock was kind of the pinnacle. There was Scorpions, Van Halen, Metallica, Kingdom Come and us. That was a huge tour you know. We were doing stadiums, stadiums every night, thousands of people every day. Other than that, you know… I think you know… We did the Aerosmith tour — Permanent Vacation. We did the Judas Priest Turbo Lover tour. We did the AC/DC.” Don Dokken went on to say: “It’s kind of hard to say. That’s like asking, like if you have five kids, ‘What’s your favorite kid?’ You can’t…”
In terms of whether everybody was cool with Dokken, Don Dokken replied: “The best. I mean my son Tyler was born on the Permanent Vacation tour so I named him Tyler. Yeah, I was out one night hanging with Steven [Tyler] and got the call. And I was like, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ So that was cool. Of course, the Priest tour. Those guys are all lovely proper Englishmen. AC/DC — those guys were quiet you know? We did a lot of shows with them. They’re just a quiet bunch. Even though they’re one of the loudest heaviest bands in the world, in person, they’re pretty quiet. We were terrorizing still. We were kind of in our terrorizing mode. Aerosmith — that was their first sober tour. We weren’t really allowed to hang with them ‘case we’d corrupt them.” Don Dokken went on to joke: “You don’t want to hang with ‘Wild’ Mick Brown as you get in all sorts of trouble.”
You can listen to the interview with Don Dokken at iHeartMedia: