Drummer Mick Brown recently spoke with Rockin’ Metal Revival about Dokken’s reunion shows in Japan. Excerpts from the interview appear below (as transcribed by blabbermouth.net).

On bassist Jeff Pilson recently revealing that he and guitarist George Lynch have written a new Dokken song:

“I really haven’t heard that, but it wouldn’t surprise me. And Jeff’s got a recording studio, so it makes it easy to do, and George lives close to Jeff… Jeff loves to record; I mean, that’s his passion, you know. And nothing suits him better than being home for a few days and recording some music. So I’m sure something might happen there.”

Discussing how the classic lineup reunion has affected the current members of Dokken:

“[Guitarist] Jon [Leven] wasn’t too keen on it, and I can understand that. But we said, ‘Listen, the money…’ I mean, he understands… I hate to talk about money, but there’s a lot of money involved here. And you can’t be a fool in life and pass up these opportunities. And Don and I both told him, ‘Listen, it’s only these six shows, from what we know.’ And Jeff’s gotta go back to work with Foreigner. We’ve been sort of talking about this for a few years, and Jeff just said, ‘Listen, Foreigner’s just not gonna give me the time off. We play all the time — four days a week.’ So he has about a ten-or twelve-day window to do this Dokken thing. And we’re doing it. And I think he flies from Tokyo right back into a Foreigner show, wherever that’s gonna be, and I think it’ll be business as usual.

Listen, if there’s success with this, and it all works right, and we do it without strangling each other — which, by the way, in the past, we’ve been known to do that [laughs — so if we can make it through [those shows], you might see some of it [in other parts of the world]. But I don’t know… Jeff’s pretty locked into the Foreigner thing. And so we told Jon, ‘Listen, we’re doing it in Japan. It’s not in America.’ But we told Jon, as soon as the shows are over, we’re back to business as usual. I’m sure he’s a little angry. But we’ll see what happens.”

Speaking about how he never thought the classic line-up of Dokken would ever reunite:

“I guess if you throw enough money on a wound, it will heal,” he said. “And I hate to say that, but, I mean, listen, it would take that to get some things together.”

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  • Ray Gillen on

    They definitely need the money. I felt bad for Mick when I saw them this last april. After the gig in a small bar like venue in sacramento i look to the stage and see a sweaty mick tearing down his own drumset. Kind of hard to watch as a veteran of many years in the buisness shouldn`t have to do that. Good for them take the money and run. Make sure you get the money before they hear how terrible Don sounds these days though.

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