George Lynch spoke to TeamRock about the reunion of the classic lineup of DOKKEN. The group will play its only U.S. show on September 30 at Badlands Pawn Guns Gold And Rock ‘N’ Roll in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The concert will be a warm-up gig for the band’s six-show Japanese run dubbed “Unleashed In The East”.
Asked how he feels about the DOKKEN reunion, George said: “Well, um, it’s a mixed bag. It’s complicated. But the overarching feeling I have is I’m glad it’s happening for the right reasons. One of which is money. But another of which is putting a nice bow and closure on an important part of our professional and artistic lives, and also for people who care about this kind of music. Because it was important to their lives. And with all the bad things going around it’s nice to see that people can come together sometimes. I just think it makes people feel good. I know it’s a drop in the bucket, but, you know, I’ll take it.”
George also addressed the well-publicized tension between him and DOKKEN frontman Don Dokken and how it might affect DOKKEN‘s current reunion. He said: “You know, I’m trying to stay positive with all this so I don’t really want to get into what could go wrong with things. I would just say that we pretty much don’t have a relationship at this point. The only time we see each other is when we’re on the road and maybe LYNCH MOB is playing the same bill with DOKKEN. Otherwise, there was an hour-long meeting at a management office and a few emails. But beyond that there really hasn’t been any communication. So there is no relationship.”
Lynch expressed hope that the DOKKEN reunion could last beyond the Japanese tour, despite Don‘s recent comments to the contrary. “If I were betting, I’d say there’s probably a 50/50 chance [that there will be more gigs],” the guitarist said. “And I’d be advocating for that, too. But it gets more complicated when you’re talking about more shows because of all our other commitments. Jeff [Pilson, bass] is locked in very seriously with FOREIGNER. It’s not easy for him to take a couple weeks off. That’s probably our biggest restriction. But it definitely would be something that promoters and the fans would like to see. On a business level, I’m sure it could be done very easily. So, you know, never say never.”