What does the future hold for Dokken? If it was up to guitarist George Lynch, there’d be at least one more album with the classic lineup.
In a brand new interview with Metal Wani, Lynch was asked whether the question had been raised with band leader Don Dokken. He responded: “About a year and a half ago. Jeff [Pilson, former Dokken bassist] and I were just starting to work on what became The End Machine record. We thought that maybe it could be a Dokken record if we could only get Don onboard. We were talking to him about it, but it didn’t happen.”
Lynch had no solid answer as to whether that classic Dokken lineup, which also includes drummer Mick Brown, would ever hit a US stage again. He said, “At this moment, nothing like that’s happening. But who knows. Since the four of us are still relatively healthy and alive, it would probably make sense. But I don’t know. You’ve gotta get all four people to agree to do that, and that’s tricky.”
The ’classic’ Dokken quartet reunited for a short Japanese tour in the fall of 2016, marking the first time in 21 years that the four musicians had hit the road together. A Dokken concert DVD focusing on the reunion tour, ‘Return To The East Live (2016),’ was made available last year.
Nothing further developed with the foursome, and after the Japanese reunion dates were completed, the band went back to performing with its current lineup — bassist Chris McCarvill and guitarist Jon Levin. That lineup is presently working on a new studio album, tentatively due in 2020. It will mark the group’s first disc since 2012’s ‘Broken Bones.