Don Dokken Describes New Dokken Song With Classic Lineup

With the classic Dokken lineup doing what many would think is the impossible by getting together early last year, many are still wondering what the true status of the band is. The classic Dokken fans want the classic lineup of Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, and Mick Brown to go beyond just a short winded tour, followed by a new live DVD. The fans want progress that includes a new album, followed up with a full fledged tour.

With a glimmer of hope that this may come to fruition, the classic Dokken lineup did record a new song together. The new song, entitled “It’s Just Another Day,” is the first song recorded by the four members in over 20 years since recording their “Shadowlife” album.

During an appearance on That Classic Metal Show, singer Don Dokken spoke up about the new track from the classic lineup.

“I’m really happy. I think it’s very Dokken-sounding, it’s very classic ’80s — big harmonies. It was nice and refreshing to hear Jeff and Mick singing background vocals. They wrote the song, I guess — George and Jeff. I wasn’t there — they wrote it. And when they gave it to me, I wasn’t really that over the moon over it. It was kind of slow and kind of moody and kind of slow and dirgey. But George likes to play those heavy kind of slow grooves — ‘Heaven Sent’-ish. And actually, Jeff had written the lyrics, Jeff had written all the vocals, and I just said, ‘I don’t like it.’ I said, ‘If we’re gonna do a video after two decades, I think the song should be kicking, rocking, up-tempo.’ So I did what I do, and I said, ‘Why don’t we just speed this baby up and kick it in the ass? And let me have a crack at it. Let me try to comp some lyrics and a chorus, and just let me have a crack at it.’ And I said, ‘If you guys don’t like it, we’ll stay with what you have.’ But at the end of the day, I went to Jeff’s house, his recording studio, and I wrote the lyrics in 30 minutes from scratch; I wrote the whole song in, like, a half an hour. And I just wrote it, said it, did it, sang it, and then I listened to it. And about a week later, I said, ‘Hmmm… It’s really good. A little negative. A little bit of crying in my beer.’ The lyrics, to me, were too much, ‘Oh, you loved me, you left me, you bitch,’ that kind of stuff. So I kind of changed all that and tried to make it more upbeat and more hopeful lyric. I made some changes and I said, ‘Let me know what you think, Jeff.’ And I played it for George and everybody listened to the new version and they all loved it, and that was it.”

“The video’s over the top; it’s killer — great song. It’s just like ‘Paris Is Burning’ meets ‘In My Dreams’. It’s catchy, it’s classic sounding. George did an insane solo on it; the solo he did was really, really… I was really proud of George. He’s shredding, but at the same time, it’s very melodic. So the Catch-22 is it comes out, it’s the old members, it’s what we call the O.G., the original gangsters, but this is not my lineup I’ve had for 20 years. So I’m gonna go forward with the band I have now. This was a one-time thing in life, one-time shot, one song — that’s it. And, of course, already the phone’s ringing off the hook, people throwing money at us for a show with George and Jeff and Mick. But, as you know, Jeff’s in FOREIGNER, George has a million projects going on — KXM and Lynch Mob — and we all have our things going on. But I just have no reason or desire to return to that lineup. But, with the old saying, never say never.”

“I would say that I had some trepidation [about playing with George Lynch and Jeff Pilsonagain], obviously,” Dokken said. “We’ve been getting offers for years and years and years to do a reunion, quote-unquote, tour, and I said, ‘Guys, I’m not interested. Dokken, to me, is Chris McCarvill, ‘Wild’ Mick Brown and Jon Levin, who’s been in the band for 22 years. That’s Dokken.’ I don’t see why I need to go back in time and do this. What’s the point? If it’s just for money, they know how I feel about that. And there’s more to life than money. You can live in a mansion and drive a Ferrari and be miserable. And I said, ‘I’m not interested.’ So I had some trepidation. We only rehearsed with Jeff and George for three days when we did the South Dakota one show only in America, where we filmed. But they showed up, we rehearsed, went to Japan, we filmed the show, we did these huge arenas, sold out. And it was great. George and I shot the shit for hours and hours every day over sake and beer on the bullet trains and we talked about everything from politics to spirituality and it was all good. And Jeff is such addict, he’s almost maybe worse than me when it comes to music. I mean, every day, Jeff’s on the bullet train looking at the footage from the night before and he’s looking at this, he’s looking at that. ‘Check this out. How about that? This is a good shot.’ He’s mixing the songs, he’s trying to figure out what’s the best takes. So it was a band effort. That was nice.”

JT “Doc” Berry \m/

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