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Dokken’s classic lineup of Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown took the stage together for the first time in 20 years on September 30. The four musicians performed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as a one-off prelude to their six-show tour of Japan.
The videos below show footage from the group’s concert and include Lynch performing his signature tune, “Mr. Scary.” Clips of “Breaking the Chains,” “Into the Fire” and Dream Warriors” are shown as well.
Don Dokken previously acknowledged that many of the group’s U.S. 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.
Lynch, for his part, tells TeamRock the reunion feels right and says he would be open to doing more with his former bandmates.
“It’s a mixed bag. It’s complicated,” Lynch says. “But the overarching feeling I have is I’m glad it’s happening for the right reasons. One of which is money. But another of which is putting a nice bow and closure on an important part of our professional and artistic lives, and also for people who care about this kind of music. Because it was important to their lives. And with all the bad things going around it’s nice to see that people can come together sometimes. I just think it makes people feel good. I know it’s a drop in the bucket, but, you know, I’ll take it.”
As for the chance of a more permanent reunion, Lynch is skeptical but optimistic.
“If I were betting, I’d say there’s probably a 50/50 chance [that there will be more gigs],” the guitarist said. “And I’d be advocating for that, too. But it gets more complicated when you’re talking about more shows because of all our other commitments. Jeff is locked in very seriously with Foreigner. It’s not easy for him to take a couple weeks off. That’s probably our biggest restriction. But it definitely would be something that promoters and the fans would like to see. On a business level, I’m sure it could be done very easily. So, you know, never say never.”