Flashback Interview With DOKKEN (1988): “People Think DON [DOKKEN] Likes To Sing Love Songs, So He’s A Wimp. But It’s Not True”

DOKKEN - Back For The Attack album cover

In 1988, Dokken supported AC/DC on the European leg of their Blow Up Your Video tour before returning to America to participate in the Monsters of Rock Tour 1988 alongside Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, and Kingdom Come. On March 21st, the bands played in Norway, and Dokken met with the press to discuss their new album Back For the Attack. All members were in good spirits after a party at the legendary club “Smuget” in Oslo the night before. They even took the stage at the club but swapped their usual instruments.

In this interview, they obviously answered questions about the new album, but also addressed the well-known disagreements between George Lynch and Don Dokken, what makes them stand out as a band, and much more. One thing they didn’t agree about is why Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero mixed the album instead of Neil Kernon.


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