The End: Machine, the new band featuring three members of the classic Dokken lineup — George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass) and Mick Brown (drums) — along with former Lynch Mob and current Warrant singer Robert Mason, will release its debut album in the spring via Frontiers Music Srl, reports

Pilson said, “The recordings are nearly done and we are really happy with the way it is turning out. We think that, notwithstanding the obvious nod to our past experiences together, The End: Machine sound has a unique identity. Sonically, this is not just ex-Dokken members with a different singer or a rebooted incarnation of Lynch Mob. This is a new sound. Everyone has been doing great on the album and there is a lot of energy and a lot of focus.”

Asked if the songs for The End: Machine’s forthcoming debut album were written for the recent reunion of Dokken’s classic lineup, Pilson told Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, “I will say that the very early songwriting sessions, with George and I writing the music, we were thinking, ‘Well, this could be Dokken. Who knows?’ We just got together and started writing. But the thought in the back of our mind was, ‘Well, maybe there is…’ There was a lot of talk, and there was business talk about a possible Dokken record. So, we wanted to just start writing. We wanted to write and that was kind of probably foremost on our mind. But we also realized very quickly, ‘Well, this is kind of becoming its own animal.’ And then when Robert got involved, it totally became its own animal. So, I would say it’s kind of branched out of the writing that we did for the [recent Dokken CD, DVD and Blu-ray, Return To The East Live (2016)], but not very much — only a slight degree.”

Pilson also talked about the musical and songwriting chemistry between him, Lynch, Brown and Dokken, saying: “What’s so funny about the bonus track [It’s Just Another Day] on the Dokken record [Return To The East Live (2016)] is that was one of the least painful recordings Dokken has ever made. [Laughs] It was so comfortable and natural — Don’s vocals happened very quickly. It’s ironic, really, because the band supposedly has so much strife within it or whatever. But on a musical level, chemistry-wise, we kind of can’t help but do what we do. Don has a very distinctive voice, and very distinctive melodic sense, George has such a distinctive way of playing, and I think when Mick and Don and I sing, it’s very unique. I mean, that is the chemistry — but that was the beauty of Dokken, and we appreciate that; we all do. And the thing is, [fans] have to realize is we’re still kids at heart, so when George and I get together and start writing, we wanna keep writing. So if the Dokken thing doesn’t happen for whatever reason, we wanna keep writing. And that’s kind of where [The End: Machine] sort of came into being, and that’s a good thing — that’s music happening organically. And I love that. And that’s how I feel about this whole record — it just organically became what it is. It goes from very simple, straight-ahead groove-oriented rock to some kind of musical little adventures that are very, very cool. And, like I said, I’m just really, really proud of it.”

According to Jeff, who has been a member of Foreigner since 2004, the plan is to develop The End: Machine into a full-fledged band, with more albums and touring activity to follow. “I look at it in a very long-term way, ’cause I love playing with these guys — I just do,” he said. “And yes, for the time being, the amount of live shows we could do will be limited — there’s no question. I mean, Foreigner has no signs of slowing down yet. But I love playing with these guys and I love making music with these guys. So, yeah, I’m looking at it in the long term; I’m not just thinking of us as a side project for one record. We’re looking at it as a band — a band that has contraints because of everyone’s schedules, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have plans and hope in the future to nurture this into something more. There’s only one challenge, but it is by far the biggest, and it’s very overwhelming, and that’s scheduling. The amount I tour with FOREIGNER, which, as I said, will not slow down, at least for the next couple of years. That’s a very daunting challenge — it’s very hard to work things out.”

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  • Dana on

    Looking forward to hearing their material. I hope it’s good…

  • Waverider on

    Cool name. Better than Superstroke. I’ll check this out. In my opinion, everything great about Dokken was George Lynch and everything mediocre about it is Don Dokken. Pilson and Brown play their supporting roles very well too. This has potential.

  • Waverider on

    Yes, those are the best versions of those songs for sure. It’s too bad they didn’t figure out that Jeff and Mick are better singers than Don before they made Tooth and Nail. Maybe they could have been bigger and better than Dokken. But that’s just the way it went down I guess.

    Here’s what I’d like to see: a co-headline tour of The End: Machine with Jake’s Red Dragon Cartel. I’d travel to see that. Since I’m talking about my wish list, they could maybe get Warren DeMartini involved somehow and make it like a Socal G3. That would be awesome!

    • Dana on

      I love those versions of those songs, and that is such a great CD/DVD.

  • DR Is Live on

    I’m encouraged that Pilson says he’s looking at this as a ‘long term’ scenario. Too many one and done’s these days. This is something that people can get behind. Anything Pilson/Lynch is worth listening to. Add Mick Brown and this has real potential. Check out song writing credits on Tooth and Nail, and you’ll see what I mean.

  • Keith G on

    Definitely interested in hearing this one! George, Jeff, and Mick were always the best part of Dokken. And Robert M. is a terrific singer. If it turns out as good as it sounds, I hope that they have enough success so that it becomes an ongoing thing.

    • Dana on

      I agree, Keith,

      Mason has a really good voice.

      D 🙂

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