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Dokken Bio

Band members
Don Dokken Jon Levin Barry Sparks Mick Brown

hard rock

Dokken was born in the late 1970s when guitarist George Lynch and drummer Mick Brown from the group Xciter teamed up with Don Dokken on vocals and Peter Baltes as a temporary bassist to record Back in the Streets with Carerre Records. Lynch replaced earlier Dokken guitarist Greg Leon who was also a replacement for Randy Rhoads in Quiet Riot.

In 1978 Juan Croucier replaced Peter Baltes as another temporary bassist; that same year the band released the singles "Hard Rock Woman," and "Paris is Burning." In 1981 the band released the album Breaking the Chains in Europe, which was re-mastered and re-released by Elektra Records in the US on September 18, 1983. While the band was very popular in Europe by then, they had not yet made the charts in the US.

Juan Croucier left Dokken in 1982 to join the band Ratt and was replaced by Jeff Pilson who became their first official bassist. 1984 was Dokken's breakout year in the US with the release of the album Tooth and Nail on September 13th. The album contained several hit songs: "Just Got Lucky" (#27) and Dokken's first #1 hits "Alone Again" and "Into The Fire".[citation needed] The album sold over nine million copies in the US alone and peaked at #13.[citation needed] On November 9, 1985 the album Under Lock and Key was released. It also sold just under 8 million copies with hits like "In My Dreams" (#24), "The Hunter" (#25) and "It's Not Love."[citation needed]

Following a successful tour with the Scorpions, Dokken returned to the studio in December 1986 to record Dream Warriors. A song for the movie A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. the song was released as a single ( Dream Warriors / Back For The Attack) on February 10, 1987. They took nearly half a year off before returning to the studio to record the album Back for the Attack. The album was released on November 27, 1987. it spawned the hits "Burning Like A Flame" (#20) and "Heaven Sent" became the band's most popular release, reaching #8 on U.S. charts. It included a remixed version of the single "Dream Warriors" (#22), The accompanying music video, which featured band members interacting with the film's characters, was the band's most popular video. Back for the Attack became Dokken's third record to reach platinum status. Sculptor Steve Fiorilla's customized writhing skeleton guitar was the highlight of another Dokken video.

Recordings from their tour in Japan led to November 16, 1988's release of Beast from the East just before the band broke up due to creative differences between Don and George. During this hiatus, Lynch and Brown formed Lynch Mob and recorded two albums. Wicked Sensation 1990 and Lynch Mob 1992 Don Dokken also recorded a solo album, Up From The Ashes 1990. Jeff Pilson fronted the band, War and Peace, while George Lynch also released a solo album. Lynch's first solo effort, Sacred Groove reunited him with Don Dokken for the writing of the track We Don't Own This World. However at the last moment, Don was unable to attend the studio session and was replaced by Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. The band reunited in 1993, but didn't release an album until Dysfunctional in 1995 with Columbia Records. One Live Night (a live acoustical album) was released in 1996 by CMC, along with Shadowlife in 1997.

In 1998 Lynch left the band to reunite Lynch Mob and was replaced by Reb Beach of the band Winger. They released Erase the Slate in 1999 and Live from the Sun in 2000. In 2001, Beach was replaced by John Norum (formerly with the band Europe), and Jeff Pilson was replaced by Barry Sparks on bass. 2002 also saw the release of the album Long Way Home. That year, they were also featured in the Metal Edge Rockfest 2002.

In 2004 John Norum left to the return of Europe and was replaced by Jon Levin (who formerly played guitar on Doro's Force Majeure), and they released the album Hell to Pay.

The band is currently working on new songs of what will become their tenth studio album, tentativily named "Lightning Strikes Again" named after the song in the album "Under Lock and Key".

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