Dokken are an American glam metal band formed in 1978 inLosAngeles, California. The original members ofDokkenare: DonDokken(vocals), George Lynch (lead guitar), JuanCrocier(bass guitar), Mick Brown (drums). The singles/songs that are best known byDokkenare “Just Got Lucky”, “Into the Fire”, “In My Dreams”, and “Its Not Love.” The best known albums byDokkenare: Breaking the Chains(1981),Tooth and Nail(1984),Under Lock and Key(1985), andBack for the Attack(1987). According to Blabbermouth.net, Frontiers Records signed a recording contract withDokkenfor their most recent studio album, which was recorded in 2012,Breaking Bones.
In the beginning DonDokkenhad a band playing gigs in the L.A. area (around 1976) with the name “Airborn” but name change ensued after it was discovered there was already a band with that name recording. In 1981, DonDokkenflew to Germany to sing background vocals forScorpionsvocalistKlausMeinewho was having vocal issues. [For this and more band history, see Wikipedia.] While in Germany, DonDokkensecured a recording contract withCarrereRecords, releasing an initial version ofBreaking the Chainsunder the name DonDokken.
The bandDokkentoured withBlue Oyster Cultin 1983 and alsoScorpionsin 1986. JuanCrocierleftDokkenin 1983 to joinRATTand was replaced by JeffPilson.Dokkenalso opened for these major headliners:Judas Priest, AC/DC,Aerosmith, andDio.Dokkenfinally got several “big breaks” on two occasions: recording “Dream Warriors” forNightmare on Elm Street 3, as well as theMonsters of Rocktour in 1988 withVanHalen, ScorpionsandMetallica.
The band has endured years of fighting and criticism over not only GeorgeLynch’sdeparture in 1989 (to formLynch Mob) but also due to the fact thatDokkenband members refused to allow George Lynch to rejoin the band in 1990 just prior to a major world tour! Lynch sued the band for $1 million but the band prevailed. For more on each side of this story go to eitherhttp://www.dokkencentral.com orhttp://www.blabbermouth.net/news/lynch-my-problem-with-don-dokken-has-always-been-that-he-was-not-an-honest-trustful-person/.*