It looks like we'll indeed be rockin' with Dokken again -- but only for a short time.
Don Dokken, frontman and namesake for the 80s "hair metal" favorite has confirmed a six-show "temporary reunion" tour in Japan this year that will include original members George Lynch, who now leads his own Lynch Mob, bassist Jeff Pilson, who's now with Foreigner, and drummer Mick Brown.
A live DVD is slated to be recorded during the tour, which will include at least one show with Scorpions.
Dokken tells the Classic Metal Show that the reunion is all about the money: "Years ago I made a comment offhandedly, like, 'I'll do it for this amount of money.' It was like a one and a lot of zeros. That was my price...Now, 15 years later, somebody came up with that price. So I approached George and Jeff and I said,'You guys want to make a shitload of money for about one week of work?' Basically the could make more in one week than they'd probably make in several years, so everybody said, 'Okay.'"
Don't look for more, however; Dokken says he's turned down European festival offers as well as overtures to play in North America: "I feel bad for my agents. They're getting bombarded from these offers for us to play big festivals all over the world. But I'm just not interested. I"m sorry -- I'm just not...Everybody's busy. We're doing this (Japan) tour for a lot of money, but I'm doing it to put an exclamation point on a very temporary reunion."
Dokken does tour with a lineup that includes Brown along with two other members
Dates for the Japanese shows will be announced soon.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.