As previously reported, the original line up of Dokken will be reuniting for a series of live shows in Japan. Bassist Jeff Pilson was recently interviewed by his own blog. A few key quotes from the interview appear below.

Q:…Many fans hold Beast from the East in high regard as a live recording release. As time has passed, more and more bands have disclosed their studio editing to their live albums… how “live” was that Dokken release?

Jeff Pilson: Not as live as it probably could have been. Personally I think we may have gone a bit overboard in fixing it, but it did come out good. Funny thing is, I have the original live board tapes which, though there are mistakes, etc., actually have a better energy to them. Oh well.

Q:…Once you get to Japan, do you and [guitarist] George [Lynch] have any Scrotum Sound Studio sessions planned back at the hotel for any creative work?

Jeff Pilson: Not really, but he did come over two days ago and we wrote the music to a new track that I sent to [singer] Don [Dokken] yesterday. The plan is, hopefully, to somehow record one song before the tour to include as part of the packaging. The song we wrote is awesome, I can’t wait to hear what Don does to it.

Q: You know fans & promoters around the world will be hoping for more, especially if the magic is back in Japan – is that something you are even considering personally?

Jeff Pilson: Well again it comes down to, for me, scheduling. Foreigner has our big 40th anniversary tour next year, so that’s a factor. Plus, Don is saying he’s really only interested in doing it in Japan, so [I] guess that’s it. I’d certainly be open to doing more if it could work out, but if it’s just Japan- I’m fine with that too.

Q:…What about recording with Dokken? Could that be a creative outlet for you and George to continue making great music with Don and [drummer] Mick [Brown] without the pressure of touring together?

Jeff Pilson: That’s something I would truly enjoy and know George thinks that as well. But let’s just take it one step (or song) at a time. I do hope this new song comes out as good as I imagine.



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  • DR Is Live on

    I wonder who is going to sing it.

  • photogod67 on

    If it’s anything like their Lynch/Pilson Wicked Underground disc, then I’m all for it, even if Don is singing!!

  • MetalMania on

    I say this all the time, but I think Jeff Pilson and George Lynch are just two guys that write very well together. “Classic” Dokken, Wicked Underground, the new tracks on T&N, all very good. I don’t have much hope for the original band to truly get back together for anything beyond this Japan tour, but we’ll see. I do however hope Jeff and George manage to keep something going together. I’d be pretty excited for them to do another full project together with Jeff singing, he did a great job with Wicked Underground and T&N. As for Don – I felt he hasn’t sounded his best on the last couple of Dokken albums (though the albums themselves are decent), and he certainly wasn’t very good when I saw him back in 2011. However, I forgot about his bout with cancer after that – so maybe a healthier Don today sounds better than he did a few years ago. I hope so, and more than that just hope he stays healthy. I always felt Dokken (the classic lineup) never quite reached the level of success they deserved – or at least were capable of.

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