Don Dokken: Classic Dokken Reunion ‘Is Never Gonna Happen Again’
The classic lineup of Dokken are spending the month of October playing a handful of shows in Japan after a late September warm-up date in Sioux Falls. But don't look for the reunion to be a lasting one. In a recent interview with Japan's Young Guitar, Don Dokken revealed that the Unleashed in the East shows will be it.
"I never thought I would play with George [Lynch] again -- I thought, 'This is it,'" says Dokken. "They've been asking me for almost six years to do a reunion, and I said, 'No, the answer is no.'"
The singer continued, "It's not about the money. It's not about the money, I don't need the money. It's not about money. I have enough money to live me two lives. It's about the fans and the love and to play well. It's only six days, but there's not gonna be shows in Europe or Sweden or Germany. We have all these offers of money -- they're [offering] us a lot of money -- to play Sweden, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the answer is 'no.' Six shows -- that's it. And it's never gonna happen again."
The band did film their performance in Sioux Falls, S.D. for usage in a future DVD, but Dokken says after the dates, the band will revert to its regular lineup of Dokken and drummer Wild Mick Brown with Jon Levin and Chris McCarvill, while Lynch will return to his band Lynch Mob and Jeff Pilson will return to Foreigner. Lynch had recently stated that there was a "50/50 chance" of more shows being booked, but added that it would also become more difficult with he and Pilson's commitments to their other bands. The Unleashed in the East dates began Oct. 5 in Osaka, Japan and conclude Oct. 12 in Tokyo.
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