Classic Dokken Lineup To Release ‘Return To The East Live (2016) In April

The reunited classic lineup of Dokken will release a new CD, DVD and Blu-ray, “Return To The East Live (2016)”, on April 20 via Frontiers Music Srl. The set will contain footage of the band’s October 2016 performance at Japan’s Loud Park festival, as well as a brand new studio track, titled “It’s Just Another Day”.

Lynch, Dokken, Pilson and Brown played one U.S. concert in September 2016 before embarking on a six-show Japanese run dubbed “Unleashed In The East”. The trek marked the first time in 21 years Dokken’s classic lineup had hit the road.

Don recently told the “The Classic Metal Show” that he didn’t know “why it took a freaking year” to complete the DVD. He said: “We had almost two hours of just backstage, goofing around, on the train, going to Osaka, Nagoya, on the train, having fun backstage, screwing around. That took forever to edit. So on the new live DVD, there’s gonna a lot of bonus footage — a lot of just candid, messing around, having fun. ‘Cause, you know, George and Jeff hadn’t been in Dokken for over 20 years.”

As for the musical direction of the new song, Don said that it is “very Dokken-sounding” and “very classic ’80s” with “big harmonies. It’s just like ‘Paris Is Burning’ meets ‘In My Dreams’,” he said. The track is the first new song to be recorded by the classic Dokken lineup since the 1997 “Shadowlife” album.