New Dokken song for classic line-up reunion shaping up to be full band collaboration
Dokken‘s leader and frontman Don Dokken was recently interviewed by Billboard and spoke about his much anticipated reunion with guitarist George Lynch, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer “Wild” Mick Brown for a series of seven shows with one in the USA and six in Japan starting in less than a month.
Billboard reported the following regarding the new song that is being penned by the Dokken classic line-up members for their reunion:
“Rock band Dokken will have at least one new song to play for fans when the group begins performing this fall, frontman Don Dokken tells Billboard. “We’re in the process of writing a brand new song,” he says.
It’s shaping up to be a full-band collaboration between Dokken, guitarist George Lynch, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer Mick Brown — the latter of whom still plays in the band’s current lineup.
“George and I came up with a couple musical ideas and we sent it off to Mick, who wrote some lyrics,” Dokken says. “I’ve got some lyrics. Jeff‘s home (from Foreigner) for a couple days this week and has a studio in his house. So we’re gonna go to Jeff‘s and brainstorm and come up with a collaborative effort. We just thought it would be kind of cool to throw in a brand new song and make it interesting.”
There are no firm plans for the song yet other than performing it at the shows.”
Dokken will apparently capture the classic line-up reunion on video for posterity as Billboard reports:
“The first concert at Badlands Pawn Guns Gold and Rock ‘N’ Roll in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sept. 30 will be filmed at least “for posterity,” according to Dokken. Beginning Oct. 5, a video crew will follow the band through Japan to get some documentary footage that could accompany a subsequent home video release.
“This is only going to be for such a limited time, so if we didn’t film it we’d probably kick ourselves,” Dokken says.
The reunion of the original foursome, which hasn’t played a full show together in nearly 20 years, has been broached “for years.” But as recently as last year, Dokken himself had given up hopes of it ever happening. A number of factors, including the attractive offer to play Japan — always Dokken‘s biggest market — and Dokken‘s own recent trip around the world helped bring it to fruition.
“After that I thought, ‘What’s on my bucket list still? To play with George and Jeff and Mick. Let’s do it,’” Dokken recalls.”
You can read the rest of the article/interview at Billboard.