DOES GEORGE LYNCH THINK THE ORIGINAL LINEUP OF DOKKEN WILL EVER REUNITE? THE GUITARIST SAYS, ” I THINK THAT SHIP HAS SORT OF ALREADY LEFT THE HARBOR”
In a recent interview with iconic guitarist George Lynch, Lynch told TotalRock‘s Neil Jones, that he did not believe the classic lineup of Dokken would ever reunite.
He said (as per blabbermouth.net), “I pretty much doubt it. Mick [Brown, former Dokken, Lynch Mob and The End Machine drummer] has quit playing drums, sold his kit. He’s not a drummer anymore. His brother Steve [Brown] [Dana’s note: currently Tesla’s drummer], who’s very similar to him, does play with [me and former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson] in The End Machine. Mick played on the first The End Machine record. We [use] Steve Brown now. So Steve Brown would be a natural fit for a Dokken reunion. But Jeff’s been in Foreigner for 14 years. I’ve got nine different bands. We’re all older guys. And, really, to put a Dokken reunion together would be very, very difficult — politically, personally. And then we have to ask ourselves the honest question: would it just be a money grab or would it be a great record; would it be a great book end? We’ve got Breaking The Chains and Tooth And Nail and Under Lock And Key and Back For The Attack. Is it gonna hold up to that, or are we just too far past that? And the answer is I think that ship has sort of already left the harbor.”
Lynch’s band Lynch Mob is currently opening for Dokken and he discussed joining the band onstage to play a few songs, “For one thing, I can do it with one arm tied behind my back in my sleep. It’s songs I wrote — what? — 40, 45 years ago, whatever, and I played them thousands of times. So it’s easy, in a sense, but it also feels like going back home. So that’s nice. And the best thing about it is Don [Dokken] and I get along great. The band’s great. Everybody’s happy. Our band is opening up, so I’m playing twice that night. We do a lot of that. These are packed houses, and everybody loves it. The whole audience is with us, and this is kind of what they’re waiting for, and it’s just a beautiful moment. Not a self-congratulatory moment, but just kind of an acknowledgement of the history and the power of the songs and good songwriting. It’s songs that people — it marks time for them, and it’s meaningful for them. And so it is a beautiful moment for all of us that we all get to share.”