Original and current Dokken members have both been busy, with new releases expected from Don Dokken’s original band and Tooth And Nail, the new band featuring George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass), and Mick Brown (drums). Bad news for Tooth And Nail however, as they have been forced to shorten their name to ‘T&N’ for legal reasons. The band said in a statement, “We cannot keep [the name] as TOOTH AND NAIL as there is a label that has it trademarked. [Fans] can still call us TO$%H AND NA$L… We can’t.”

T&N’s debut album is expected later in the year. The CD will feature new original material and reworked versions of Dokken classics. Pilson has contributed vocals to a new track title “When Eagles Die”, with an all-star lineup of lead vocalists on other tracks. Sebastian Bach will handle Dokken’s ‘Alone Again,’ with Dug Pinnick (King’s X) and Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen, Iced Earth, Dio Disciples) on Dokken’s ‘Kiss Of Death.’ Mick Brown handles vocal chores on Dokken’s ‘When Heaven Comes Down.’ The drum tracks on the new, original compositions were laid down by the great Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreignen, S.U.N.).

Don Dokken has unveiled the cover artwork the forthcoming album, ‘Broken Bones.’ Drums for the album were recently recorded at Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee’s The Atrium studio in Calabasas, California. Look for a summer release, possibly in June via Frontiers Records.

Don Dokken said in a recent interview that the new album title, “[It]is a metaphor that we all have broken bones, be it from an accident, failed relationship, or a broken heart. Everybody gets wounded as we go through life, but, as they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Dokken previously described the band’s new material as “very uptempo and heavy.” He added, “We know our fans like the classic Dokken sound, and this is where our new music is headed. It’s been a band of brothers doing what we love: ‘music.'”

Regarding the new songs’ lyrical approach, Dokken said, “I write what comes from the heart, I don’t believe in writing music trying to repeat what you’ve already done. I understand what the fans want but as an artist I see no point in painting the same picture over and over.”

So we’ll have some new Dokken, some new old Dokken, and some new music from former Dokken members all in a few months. It will be interesting to see what release will be better, and what mud may be slung in the promotion process. What I’m wondering is, with the well-publicized animosity between George Lynch and Don Dokken, how is it going to work with Mick Brown being a part of both projects?