Dokken Tour Schedule
In the late Seventies and the Eighties there was arguably no metal band more intense than
Dokken and despite taking a brief hiatus in the late eighties and going through a few line up changes, the band remains one
of the most powerful on the road. Metal heads of all ages are anxiously waiting to see Dokken shredding on stage and hear
some of the classic tunes brought back to life in front of thousands of screaming fans.
Lovers of metal and of Dokken
in particular will be thrilled to know that the Los Angeles based band has announced some Southern California shows to play
to their long time fans as well as some younger ones who have only discovered the band in recent years. January 31, 2014 will
see Dokken hitting the stage at Canyon Club in Agoura Hills while the following day they will head south to the Coach House
in San Juan Capistrano for a February 1st gig. Both shows should be epic and will allow fans used to seeing Dokken perform
in arenas the chance to see them reunited in a more intimate venue. Do not miss the chance to rock out to these influential
heavy metal veterans.
About the Band
Dokken has been rocking metal fans all over the world since 1978,
and though they took a four year break in 1989, they are still going strong. They have sold over ten million albums worldwide
and were one of the most successful and influential heavy metal bands of the 1980's. The band is named after lead vocalist
and rhythm guitarist Don Dokken who is the only consistent member since the band's 1978 founding, although drummer Mick Brown
has been with the band since 1980. The band originally went under the name The Boys but switched to Dokken when they signed
with Carrere Records in the early Eighties.
The 1983 video for the song Breaking the Chains
was a huge success for the band, receiving major airplay on MTV and opening them up to a wider audience. This all preceded
the release of Tooth and Nail in September of the following year which would go on to sell over one million records in the
United States as well as an additional one million worldwide. It peaked at number 49 in the U.S. and had three huge hit singles,
Just Got Lucky, Alone Again, and Into The Fire. The following year Dokken's third album Under Lock and Key also sold over
one million copies and the band was featured in the documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Perhaps the mainstream culmination
of Dokken's success came in 1986 when the band recorded the song Dream Warriors, the theme song for the movie A Nightmare
on Elm Street: Dream Warriors. The song was also featured on Back for Attack, Dokken's fourth album and its third to go platinum.
You have been waiting for months for this night to come and finally as the lights lower you begin
to see the beloved Don Dokken making his way out onto the stage. The crowd erupts in applause as Dokken picks up his guitar
and approaches the mic. A hush falls over the crowd as Dokken thanks them and launches into a fan favorite like The Hunter,
Breaking the Chains, It's Not Love, or Burning Like a Flame. The crowd once again erupts and sings and dances along to hits
throughout the night. Years of recording and performing on tour with some of the biggest bands in the world including Metallica,
Judas Priest, Scorpions, and others have allowed Dokken to perfect their live show and stand apart as one of the premiere
metal bands on the road today. The high energy output from the band translates perfectly to the crowd and you spend the entire
night dancing and singing along.
Don Dokken and George Lynch, who had been the lead guitarist of
Dokken since 1980, broke up the band in 1989 as a result of personal and creative differences but reconciled for a reunion
in 1993. During the time apart George Lynch started the popular metal act Lynch Mob but returned to Dokken for another four
years after the 1993 reunion. Dokken and Lynch appeared together on television in 2010 on That Metal Show where they seemed
to settle old grudges claiming that their animosity was the result of a publicity stunt gone wrong. However, Lynch also complained
about Dokken being unwilling to share songwriting credits. The two claimed they would at some point like to get the original
line up back together but it was difficult with George Lynch's commitments to Lynch Mob as well as Don Dokken's involvement
with the current Dokken line up. Fans of Dokken, as well as the band were featured in the documentary Heavy Metal Parking
Lot which focused on a Dokken and Judas Priest tour.