Don Dokken Says “Rehab Was Scary And Painful But Worth It”


July 2, 2008

The following is a message from Don Dokken posted on

“Hi everybody, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks since Lightning Strikes Again came out. We entered the billboard hard rock charts at #18, #1 on CD Universe and #80 on iTunes. All I can say is thanks, you are the ones that made it happen. We leave this week for our summer tour with POISON. I’m looking forward to it and hoping to sing the best I have in a while. I recently had surgery on my sinuses. I’ve had problems with my voice for a long time and it was driving me nuts, the smoking didn’t help either. It turns out I’ve had a sinus disease for years, and NO it wasn’t from doing blow! So now it’s as good as it’s gonna get especially at my age, hah!

It took almost three years to finish LSA.. Mostly because the producer wasted all the time and guess what? I’m the producer! So that’s why I recently spent some time hanging out with Stevo from Jack Ass at Las Encinas hospital. He’s a very cool guy, I left just in time for my friend STEVEN TYLER (from AEROSMITH) to have my room, seems it’s getting really popular there. Steven has been the poster child for living a clean life for so long, I was shocked to hear he was coming my way. It is so true that addiction is a life long struggle.

So by now I think you’ve figured out what I was doing there, the QUEENSRYCHE tour was a wakeup call. we were all on the same bus and they got really worried about me. I was a mess. let’s just say 17 years was enough, and think of the money I’ll now be saving LOL.

So since I was wandering around in my bathrobe for a month looking and feeling like a homeless person, counseling with Dr Drew and ten other Docs, I figured I might as well quit drinking at the same. Rehab was scary and painful but worth it. I don’t recommend trying to get clean on your own if you have a serious drug problem. My problem was… I didn’t think I had a problem, I was wrong.

So here I go with a clear mind, repaired vocal chords and some great new songs to sing from LSA. I hope everyone comes to at least one show, or two or 30. We will be adding some headlining shows in between the Poison shows, so check for the dates here. So that’s it for now, enjoy your summer, and if you see me drinking on stage it’s just ice tea, honest!

Keep Rokken”
Don Dokken

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