Dear glam readers, I had several nightmares last night. I won't go into the gory details, but let's just say my job was a common theme.
This, naturally, left me thinking about Dokken's "Dream Warriors" from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 - Dream Warriors. For some reason, the song is not featured on the movie soundtrack but it was released as a single featuring the B-side "Back for the Attack."
Did you know that Dokken is working on a new album? The disc is tentatively titled Lightning Strikes Again. Frontman Don Dokken says the album is going to "be better than ever." He also acknowledges the struggle glam artists face when trying to garner promotion. Dokken also says the new disc will feature a heavier, more progressive sound with dark songs. In a recent interview, Dokken also addressed the seemingly never-ending feud with guitarist George Lynch. Says Don "I could never play with George. We don't get along and we never did get along. So what is the point? I don't have to tour for money. We have made our careers and our money. Now we do it for fun and if it's not fun then I don't want to do it."
Lightning Strikes Again should be released in September.
Do you know the history of Dokken? Formed back in 1977, the first incarnation of the band featured Don Dokken on vocals, plus guitarist George Lynch, drummer Mick Brown and bassist Juan Croucier.
Of course, Juan left Dokken in 1982 to make his name with RATT. He was replaced with Jeff Pilson. In 1984, Dokken released Tooth and Nail. By 1986, Dokken was touring with the Scorpions and had recorded another album. Of course, things fell apart in 1988 as the fighting between Don and George boiled over. The band officially broke up, but later reformed. Wash, rinse, repeat and now it's been a decade since George Lynch officially left Dokken.
The current incarnation of Dokken features Don on vocals, guitarist Jon Levin, bassist Barry Sparks, and drummer Mick Brown.
Personally, I'm looking forward to the new album. Dokken gets a bad rap and I'm willing to give new material a fair shot. So sue me.