Tigman of the Q103 radio station in Albany, New York conducted an interview with current FOREIGNER and former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson. You can listen to the full chat below.
On the 2016 reunion of DOKKEN’s classic lineup:
Jeff: “You know what? It was way more fun than I expected. [Laughs] It was great. We got along good; it was very productive. The fan response was really wonderful, really made it worthwhile. We ended up coming up with quite a product. We have a live DVD coming out by the end of the year. It’s taken from shows in Japan and the one show that we did over here in the U.S. Then we did a new song which came out amazing. Then we did two acoustic remakes of old DOKKEN classics that came out really incredible. We did that in the studio together. A lot of good came out of that. It was just a wonderful experience. I was shocked.”
On why DOKKEN didn’t perform more reunion shows in North America:
Jeff: “It was down to time. This FOREIGNER gig is very full-time for me. It’s really hard to make the time for it. It’s a commitment when DOKKEN has to do something. Well in advance I knew I was going to have the three weeks off that we had with FOREIGNER, so Japan asked us if we could come over. When they found out that I had that particular time, they actually got a copy of the FOREIGNER schedule and built the schedule around that in Japan. It was impossible to say no and we wanted to do it anyway. The fact the Japanese promoter made it so easy for us, it all just fell together. It would have to be a confluence of a lot of events to make it happen again because things are so tricky with time. But we’ll see. At least what we did was great and we had a good time and that was a step for us.”