Reb Beach remembers his time in Dokken as a “big freaking party”
Whitesnake, Winger and Black Swan guitarist Reb Beach was recently interview by Ruben Mosqueda for Sleaze Roxx in the context of an interview that will be posted in the near future. Beach has also played in other bands including Dokken from 1998 to 2001 and Night Ranger in 2007 and 2008.
With respect to his time in Dokken, Beach indicated:
“I had a great time in Dokken. When I played George’s songs, I tried to play the exact same notes that he played. I tried to get as close as I could to his notes as possible, but it just doesn’t sound like him, because it was me. I just don’t do what he does so I just did it my way. Dokken was really fun. It was a big freaking party! There was no management. It was do whatever you want! Drink as much as you want. Just show up on time [laughs]! Don was totally ‘hammered’ at the time, he would leave the stage in the middle of the song and go take a leak [laughs]! I would get these opportunities to improvise and jam. Jeff [Pilson] and Mick [Brown] didn’t care if they played along. It was like the ‘Reb Beach Hour’ so I had a lot of fun [laughs].”
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of the Dokken album Erase The Slate, which was released back on June 15, 1999:
“The release gave me memories of my time into the BMG Music Club, where I got to experiment with different bands and music. I remember liking the first several songs so much that I went out and bought the band’s live VHS concert release Live From The Sun. Reb Beach really shines on this album. Although I have complaints on the overall placing of the songs, the album has many bright spots, including “Change The World,” “Shattered,” and “Crazy Mary Goes Round.” I was not a major Dokken fan before I got this CD, but years later, when browsing a bookstore bargain bin, I decided to pick up a few of Dokken‘s more “classic” CDs. Sometimes it takes one experimental album to dig deeper into a band’s catalog. Erase The Slate was the one that made me first start listening to Dokken.”