Heavy Metal Legends Dokken & L.A. Guns at The Grove
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If the group Dokken ever heard the famous quote by Andy Warhol that everybody gets 15 minutes of fame, it seems someone forgot to tell them. After 20 years the group continues to have a major recording contract as well as a loyal fan base allowing them to “still follow their bliss and make a living at it” as singer and founder of the group Don Dokken puts it. The group is slated for a July 13, 2004 , release for their latest recording ‘Hell to Pay’ on Sanctuary Records.
“I used to think if you had talent that’s all you needed to survive the music business. After all these years I’ve come to realize you need an equal amount of luck!” says Don.
The 12 songs on ‘Hell to Pay’ include: “The Last Goodbye,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Escape,” “Haunted,” “Prozac Nation,” “Care for You,” “Better Off Before,” “Still I’m Sad,” “I Surrender,” “Letter to Home,” “Can You See” and “Care for You (Unplugged Version).”
The group kicks off yet another world tour June 17 to promote their new CD “and have some fun” as drummer “Wild” Mick Brown puts it. Unlike some of their peers, the group has survived member changes, drugs, alcohol and egos, almost! Qualities that seemed to be almost mandatory during the ’80s and ’90s for a rock band. They have been often lumped into the title of hair band, even though the group had already been established as a multiplatinum arena act by 1983. Their videos were a staple in the early days of the then fledgling MTV and continued on into the late ’80s.
“We’ve always taken our music very seriously. But I think it’s healthy when you can be self-deprecating,” says Don, commenting about a recent show. “We were headlining a concert last summer with a lot of other ‘80s bands. When we arrived in town we heard a radio commercial that the show was being promoted as a hair ball fest. We bought a can of extra-hold Aqua Net and put our hair as high as we could get it. When we hit the stage we were laughing so hard at each other we barely made it through the first song. We’ve never considered ourselves a pop band, we’ve had commercial hits but we’ve always prided ourselves for our heavy edge.”
Dokken has shared the stage with rock acts such as AC/DC, Metallica , Aerosmith , Judas Priest, Van Halen , Kiss, Scorpions, as well as Bon Jovi , just to name a few. “When people ask us who we’ve toured with we just say EVERYBODY!” says Don.
Guitarist Tracii Guns formed The LA Guns with singer Axl Rose, bassist Ole Beich , and drummer Rob Gardner. Axl later quit to form Hollywood Rose and was replaced by Michael Jagosz . The band demoed in 1984, but Tracii & Rob left to reform with Axl as Guns N’ Roses (after Tracii Guns & Axl Rose) and LA Guns broke up. Tracii left GNR because he didn’t like the direction of their music to re-form his own band. Guns N’ Roses replaced him with guitarist Slash and went on to sell millions of records.
After many reincarnations, LA Guns are going strong and the band also will release their eighth full length studio album, titled ‘Waking The Dead’ in August on Spitfire Records.