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It Happened - Don Dokken and George Lynch Perform Together

Awhile back, I posted about the Lynch Mob/Dokken shows. Over the weekend, George Lynch joined Dokken on stage in San Diego for a special performance of "In My Dreams." I gotta say, I was pretty darn excited about both bands playing together - I'd love to see George and Don together on stage, just like back in the 80s. Of course I can't always make every show, so I didn't travel to California for this gig. Thankfully, YouTube takes us there free. I was hoping "In My Dreams" sounded like the album...but Don's voice is pretty rough here. Some comments over on Blabbermouth seem to indicate every musician involved in the show had the flu. If that's the case, I give kudos. I can't imagine having to perform a rock show with the flu and I bet that was brutal for the guys. Anyway, here's the clip. Watch and let me know what you think. We've waited a long time for this.

Reader Comments (15)

I play in a local weekend coverband (drums) and played one show (three 50 minute sets) with the flu once.......worst night of my life...
November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrian
I was so anxious about this show happening. I'm a HUGE Dokken and Lynch fan and luckily I was able to see George play in Dokken in the late 90s/maybe 2000 when they toured with Poison. Don's voice has been rouge for some time now, so that's no surprise to me, but to see Lynch and Levin play together would certainly be something special! I hope they are able to keep this tour going. SIGN ME UP!
November 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkari
I just read that Pilson showed up at the Anaheim show last night, even though Don's voice is shot I'd still love to see them all on stage together again. I sure hope this keeps rolling...
November 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkari
>>> George didn't seem the happiest guy in the room...
November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDamnp78
I would of killed to have been there. Don's voice is shot, but at least he admits it. I hope to see a full fledged reunion before long. That would be amazing.
November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
im willing to put my money on this is a feeler to see if something bigger can happen, hopefully it does ive seen them before also a couple times and they were great live
November 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterglamrockerarchie
Friday night at H.O.B. Sunset, twelve feet from center stage...the best place to be to watch the main reason I became and remain a Dokken fan... GEORGE LYNCH!!! The Lynch Mob kicked serious ass. Very tight and very awesome. Oni Logan commanded the stage and audience. Oh but wait, look over to the left (yes George was on the unfamiliar stage left) to see Ol' Greorgie just annihilate that poor defenseless axe.
It's always great to experience Dokken tunes played live and done right. Aw right, aw right, Don's voice is a bit tattered, but carry on Don. Jon Levin handled the 6 string duties with great hair-metal poise and deserves high marks for his accuracy to the original recordings. I did miss Dokken's best bass player though. Barry Sparks, where are you???
So, all in all, $23 for a ticket, $8 for a 24oz can of Budweiser and a large Thanksgiving serving of Dokken music live and loud, I'm good.
November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRon Rokken

Easily one of the top 5 biggies of Hair Metal.

News for ya, tho (or maybe not, if you remember Dokken live back in the day), Don's voice was always shot and his vocals were always sped up and punched in to be on key on all their albums in post production.

But who cares about the occasional off note or deeper tone his real voice possesses, these guys are a killer pair who wrote so many Hair Metal Classics together (i.e. "It's Not Love").

Lynch is one of the best shredders around and Don is singing their classic cannon with conviction. Let's hope the next time they get together, they stay on stage for a helluva lot longer than one song!

Still it is a major milestone in Metal History these two rejoined even if it was for just one song. Here's to hearing more of these guys together again, and soon! How about a tour as glamrockarchie suggests (Hey, GlamR Arch!)!

p.s. Now if they can get Pilson up there when George is there, too! He belongs in Dokken, not a butchered version of Foreigner. I'm a purist. That's why the Van Halen "reunion" was a bit off for me. "Wild" Mick Brown is already there. Let's hope the pieces of the puzzle fall back in place and these boyz rock together again soon! And what about an album? Man, that would be killer! Damn P, you say George Lynch isn't the happiest guy in the room. Then why did he do all this? Do you think it was because of contractual obligations? Wouldn't it be awesome to hear Dokken do the whole "Under Lock And Key" album in sequence a la Ratt doing "Out of the Cellar" recently? Rock On!
November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I'm not a Dokken fan but I gotta say Don Dokken looks like the most boring frontman I've ever seen.
November 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike
Dokken has always been in my favorites from the 80's bands. At least on LP/Cassette/CD. Live, that's a whole other story. I had seen Dokken perform about 20 plus times from 80's to first break up and then reunion after reunion, then without Lynch...NEVER have I seen the show that I expected or wanted...except ONCE. Music was killer, but performance-wise, nada. Boring as hell. The band was never in sync at any of the shows, either Don was on and Lynch was off, vice versa, or both sucked. The only show was on the "Dysfunctional" tour...Metropol in Pittsburgh, either there was something in the stars or in the water...Band killed and afterwards Lynch and Don hung with the fans, albeit in seperate areas outside by the bus and exit.
Reb playing with them was good and picked up some of the slack left by Lynch, but the loss of Pilson just killed the vocals. Here is hoping the band does one LAST FULL reunion and it hits on all 8 cylinders!
MetalBoy-a full run of "Under Lock" would kick ass!
December 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou
i cant believe what i just watched all 4 originla dokken boys played a few songs together on nov29 @ the house of blues, just watched it on, awesome im telling you there feeling each other out and they actually looked happy, heres to a dokken reunion CHEERS!
December 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterglamrockerarchie
Great clip! Would've been great to see this somewhat historic reunion live. I always felt that Dokken was criminally underrated in the 1980's hard rock/glam metal pantheon, and that's a shame. Great musicianship, good tunes, tight harmonies - they had it all.

Arguably, they were occasionally lackluster live, but I always felt the music more than made up for the stageshow, and Don's occasional rambling diatribes.

Saw them in 2001, at it was a good show, but I thought their performance at 2007 Rocklahoma was fantastic. No Lynch, but Wild Mick Brown was there, and Don seemed to really get into it - he was even moving around the stage with a little pep! Of course the cigarette, and later the whiskey, joined Don on stage as usual; but still a memorable show.
December 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGator
Don sounded better when I saw them in 08 with Poison but it is still good to see him up there with lynch. For some reason New England has been a hotbed for 80's bands recently. I'm seeing Dokken in Rhode Island in 2010 at a casino and have seen Ratt and Kix at casinos this past summer. Who said it would never be back......................
December 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRich
Wow I remmember picking dokken up for a show close to 10 years ago and I asked don what happened to george lynch? he said who's that? What does he do? Is he in a band or something? Is he a guitar player? like he never heard of the guy ps don is an asshole
March 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstldrgn
I grew up listening to Dokken in the '80's and I have always loved Don's voice and being blown away with George playing the guitar. I hope they have another BIG reunion with Pilson in it. I went to the Monster's of Rock tour back in '84 Dokken put on an AWESOME show here in Dallas, Tx. I would love to see them all together back again for another road tour.
January 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermetalchic

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