Pilson and drummer “Wild” Mick Brown — filmed a video in Los Angeles last month for a new song called “It’s Just Another Day”. The track, which will be featured on the band’s forthcoming CD/DVD package, marks the the first new song by the classic DOKKEN lineup since the 1997 “Shadowlife” album.
During a recent appearance on the “The Classic Metal Show”, Don Dokken stated about the Jamie Brown-directed clip: “There’s some footage in the background, superimposed, from [DOKKEN’s classic videos] ‘Breaking The Chains’ and ‘In My Dreams’ and ‘Heaven Sent’; we threw a couple of little old clips superimposed in the background — a bit of nostalgia. But we were laughing ’cause this is probably one of our best videos we’ve ever done and it didn’t cost close to what we used to pay. Because back in the day it was film. Now, I mean, c’mon — everybody’s got an iPhone and you’ve got GoPros. People are making movies on GoPros now, so the cost has come down from a quarter million down to nothing.”
As for the musical direction of the new song, Don said: “I’m really happy. I think it’s very DOKKEN-sounding, it’s very classic ’80s — big harmonies. It was nice and refreshing to hear Jeff and Mick singing background vocals. They wrote the song, I guess — George and Jeff. I wasn’t there — they wrote it. And when they gave it to me, I wasn’t really that over the moon over it. It was kind of slow and kind of moody and kind of slow and dirgey. But George likes to play those heavy kind of slow grooves — ‘Heaven Sent’-ish. And actually, Jeff had written the lyrics, Jeff had written all the vocals, and I just said, ‘I don’t like it.’ I said, ‘If we’re gonna do a video after two decades, I think the song should be kicking, rocking, up-tempo.’
So I did what I do, and I said, ‘Why don’t we just speed this baby up and kick it in the ass? And let me have a crack at it. Let me try to comp some lyrics and a chorus, and just let me have a crack at it.’ And I said, ‘If you guys don’t like it, we’ll stay with what you have.’ But at the end of the day, I went to Jeff’s house, his recording studio, and I wrote the lyrics in 30 minutes from scratch; I wrote the whole song in, like, a half an hour. And I just wrote it, said it, did it, sang it, and then I listened to it. And about a week later, I said, ‘Hmmm… It’s really good. A little negative. A little bit of crying in my beer.’ The lyrics, to me, were too much, ‘Oh, you loved me, you left me, you bitch,’ that kind of stuff. So I kind of changed all that and tried to make it more upbeat and more hopeful lyric. I made some changes and I said, ‘Let me know what you think, Jeff.’ And I played it for George and everybody listened to the new version and they all loved it, and that was it.”