Vocalist Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch played together again. This time the mini-meeting took place during an event sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) in Anaheim, United States.
Together, Don Dokken and George Lynch played “Kiss Of Death” and “Tooth And Nail”. Guitarist Ira Black (Dokken), bassist Marten Andersson (Steelheart, ex-Lynch Mob) and drummer Phil Varone (ex-Skid Row) followed the duo.
Dokken was formed in 1979 and they split up in 1989 and reformed four years later. The band had three charting singles (“Alone Again”, “In My Dreams” and “Burning Like a Flame”) and have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Beast from the East was nominated for the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1989.
The classic Dokken line-up consisted of founder Don Dokken on vocals, George Lynch on lead guitar, Mick Brown on drums and Jeff Pilson, who replaced the Ratt-bound Juan Croucier in early 1984, on bass, This line-up remained stable from 1984 to 1989, and again from 1993 to 1997; only Dokken and Brown now remain.
After several personnel changes on guitar, Dokken’s attorney Jon Levin stepped in to fill the role in 2004. In 2001, Barry Sparks replaced Pilson on bass. In 2009, Sean McNabb (formerly with Great White and Quiet Riot) replaced him, and was then replaced by Chris McCarvill in 2015. Guitarist Ira Black is currently filling in for Jon Levin, who is reportedly on law practice, for Dokken’s remaining fall 2017 tour dates.
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