In a brand new interview with the Melodic Rock fanzine, DOKKEN mainman Don Dokken was asked about the possibility of a reunion of the band’s classic lineup, “I would love to do one more DOKKEN record some day with the original members,” he said.
“Jeff [Pilson, bass], Mick [Brown, drums] and I get along great, but George [Lynch, guitar] continues to talk negative about me. I have no desire to play with someone that is emotionally unstable and full of hate.”
He added, “Jon [Levin, current DOKKEN guitarist] and I are best friends and we both understand the DOKKEN sound. George always wanted to change it.
“George continues to say he believes that I was the weakest member of the band. He forgot who wrote a large part of our music and hits.
“Narcissism is a disease of the mind, and I think it’s too late for him to change and find spiritual peace in this lifetime.
“The band is called DOKKEN, not LYNCH.
“Jon Levin was always a fan of George‘s playing. He has always spoken of him with respect, because Jon has class.
“You can listen to [the new DOKKEN album] ‘Broken Bones’, TN, and LYNCH MOB and let the fans make their own decision.
“George will go down in history as once being a great guitarist, but his day is over.”
Regarding “Broken Bones”, Don said, “The CD title is about everybody that has had troubles in there life, love, health, lost love, heartbreak, death — nobody goes through life without a few broken bones, metaphorically. Most of us learn from our past mistakes, but some people do not, what does not kill you makes you stronger. The pain in our lives inspires us to make music, and the happiness as well inspires to write. We are all damaged.”
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