Sounds like George Lynch just may kick Don Dokken’s ass next time they come face to face…if that ever happens. Rob Cavuoto of Guitar International spoke with iconic guitarist George Lynch and he lays it all out there in regards to Don Dokken and the not happening Dokken reunion. Here is the pertinent portions of the interview:
Guitar International: I really thought the reunion (of the classic Dokken lineup) was going to happen when you went on Eddie Trunk’s “That Metal Show.” I assumed, as most fans, that this was a done deal.
George Lynch: “I feel like a fool because I got played again for the last fucking time! Like an idiot I went along with it but looking back I see what he was really doing. He was blowing wind in his sails by creating the impression that there was a reunion pending. That people were going to wake up and pay attention, that his guarantees were going to go up, and people are going to show up to his shows thinking I’m in the band. If we did reunite we would all be working for him. He’s a miserable guy and he will stay miserable in his own skin. I wouldn’t want to have 100 million dollars and live in that guy’s brain and skin. He is just a piece of shit.”
Guitar International: I’m not sure Don has a lot of credibility these days and think most fans realize that.
George Lynch: “When the band was intact, he had to maintain a certain level of professionalism. He had to maintain his voice, his behavior and what he said. He didn’t like that. He is a very lazy person. He doesn’t have a good work ethic and he surrounds himself with himself. He will never be happy. What he will never get, and I told him, it’s not about the money and success, though you want people to hear the music. It’s about giving the fans something they would like and enjoy. It’s not about you, we are just the conduits. It comes through us but it’s not about us. He doesn’t get it. When musicians start to take themselves too seriously that’s when it gets ugly in believing all the hype. My heroes are blue-collar people that work for a living. Not assholes like him who take credit for shit they don’t do and expect everything handed to them on a silver platter. Have some respect for the people who are paying your bills.”
Don Dokken posted the following message regarding the alleged Dokken reunion:
“Thanks to all of you that can see through the smoke and mirrors. Yes, Jon [Levin, current Dokken guitarist] is an amazing guitarist and a great human being as well. There was a lot of talk about a Dokken reunion — I tried my best to make it happen for the fans with Jon’s blessing — but the bottom line was Jeff (Pilson, former Dokken bassist) said he’s busy with Foreigner for the next few years, so that was that. When I agreed to (appear on VH1 Classic’s) ‘The Metal Show’ (with former Dokken guitarist George Lynch), we were going to announce a reunion but at the last minute Jeff asked me not to talk about it because he had not mentioned it to Mick Jones (Foreigner) yet. I totally understood, (I) just wish he would have said something before I agreed to do the show with George. His comments on the show spoke for themselves.
After all these years, I have tired of defending myself. The band is ‘rokken’ and we get along great, which is paramount to me at this time in my life. George will always have his fans, which he earned, but I will always give credit to the amazing guitarists that have come after him. Reb Beach gave the band Dokken a great contribution on ‘Erase The Slate’ — it speaks volumes as to his talent. John Norum, as well, on ‘Long Way Home.’
‘Dysfunctional’ is still one of my favorites and even though George is credited as the guitarist, he did not write any of the songs. That body of work was written by Jeff, Mick [Brown, drums], and myself. George came in after it was finished and did the solos. I’m writing this so the truth is out there.
‘Dysfunctional’ sold over 400,000 copies in ’95, which was amazing since grunge was at its height at the time and bands like us were considered old news! 15 years later we’re still here and going strong and it’s because of you, the fans, [and] our music that allows us to keep touring. This year it will be 30 years since I recorded ‘Breakin’ The Chains’; wow, time flies! Anyway, we are beginning to write yet another record and I think it’s going to be very cool. Again thanks to all that support us and for those of you that need to whine, get a life!”