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In the late 1970s, George Lynch, Mick Brown, and Don Dokken started out their musical careers as The Boyz before renaming themselves Dokken in 1976. While their first album, Breaking the Chains, did garner much attention in the United States, it made the band very popular in Europe. With the addition of bassist Jeff Pilson, the follow-up entitled Tooth and Nail was infinitely more popular.
The 1980s were the height of the pop-metal revolution, and Dokken provided the requisite captivation, thrill, energy, and power ballads to sell countless albums to their adoring public. Dokken recorded several albums during this era, and most of them reached platinum status.
However, in 1988 the band cited creative differences and split up. But after just a few years apart, the band reunited in 1992 and released an album in 1995. Surprisingly, the album Dysfunctional received unforgiving reviews and lackluster sales. They followed with a live recording and another studio album, but both received equally poor responses.
After several unpopular albums and even more personnel changes, Mick Brown said Dokken's Lightning Strikes Again is a real return to their sound from the 1980s (as their record company refused to record their modern material). '[The songs] sound like they came right off those [1980s] records. Itís amazing how spooky that is,' says Mick.
After nearly twenty-five years of playing only with Dokken, Mick Brown joined Ted Nugent's touring band. 'Playing with Ted is just something else, a real shot in the arm. He's the Original King of The Wild 70s--he's everything and Superman.' When Dokken returned to the touring circuit after releasing Lightning Strikes Again, Mick Brown played with Dokken when he could, and drummer Vic Foxx filled in for him when Mike performed with Nugent.
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