The reunited classic lineup of DOKKEN — singer Don Dokken, guitarist George Lynch, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer “Wild” Mick Brown — played its only U.S. show Friday night (September 30) at Badlands Pawn Guns Gold And Rock ‘N’ Roll in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The concert was a warm-up gig for the band’s six-show Japanese run dubbed “Unleashed In The East”.
Although DOKKEN had originally intended to perform a brand new song at the Sioux Falls concert — with plans to include it on the band’s upcoming DVD — those plans were eventually abandoned. “There’s a couple of reasons for that,” Pilson told the KBAD 94.5 FM radio station prior to Friday’s gig (see video below). “For one thing, it’s not finished. But the music is done, and the music is great. It’s a rocker. It’s great. I mean, it really came out fabulous.
“George and I had done some music several weeks ago, and we sent it to Don, and Don said, ‘Why don’t you guys speed it up? Wanna try speeding it up?’ So we did, and we all loved it. And we really do all love it, which is kind of hard in itself. So that was great. Anyway, then [Don] started writing some lyrics for it, and he sang me some stuff over the phone. It sounds like it’s gonna be really good. But because it’s not done, we’re probably not gonna play it at these shows or in Japan. But we are filming, as you must know — we’re filming on Friday — and we’re gonna be recording a live DVD and live CD. So the plan is to go in the studio and finish the track and have it as a studio bonus on the live DVD — a new DOKKEN track.”