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Dokken’s classic lineup of Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown are writing a new song for their upcoming reunion tour, where they will share the stage for the first time in 20 years.
“George and I came up with a couple musical ideas and we sent it off to Mick, who wrote some lyrics,” Dokken tells Billboard. “I’ve got some lyrics. Jeff’s home for a couple days this week and has a studio in his house. So we’re gonna go to Jeff’s and brainstorm and come up with a collaborative effort. We just thought it would be kind of cool to throw in a brand-new song and make it interesting.”
Dokken will play a warm-up show on September 30 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota before heading to Japan for six shows beginning October 5. The “Unleashed in the East” tour will be the only shows the reunited group performs outside of its one U.S. concert.
Don Dokken says he understands that many fans would like the band to launch a full tour but says he likes working with his current lineup and fears old wounds might reopen if the original group stays together for long.
“My manager is getting hit up every day for pretty large sums of money to play festivals next summer, all over the world,” Dokken says. “But I had to say no. I love the band I have now; We’ve been together for 13 years, and I don’t want to hurt that franchise. Plus if we were to continue with [the original] lineup, old wounds might be opened, and I don’t want to revisit that. I don’t think any of us wants to.”
“It’s all great when a marriage fails and you say, ‘I’m gonna get back with my ex’ — for a week, maybe,” he adds. “Six months into it, the wounds come back. I don’t want to experience that. It’s just not part of my life anymore, and I think the other guys feel the same way. So this will be enough.”