During an appearance on the Cobras & Fire Podcast, Dokken guitarist George Lynch discussed his relationship with the band’s singer Don Dokken.
“Well, you know, to be very honest, our bottom-line issues were always really business issues. We’ve all been around the block a bunch of times now.
“Personally, we’re fine, we enjoy each other’s company, we can hang out, we’re good on stage, it’s fine. It’s just, the business has to be right and it has to be fair.”
Do you have any news on Mick? Is he actually just retired?
“I think he took a chunk of time off with the intention of coming back. He had to heal his psyche and his body. I mean, drumming is hard.
“He’s been doing that for how many decades, you know? Some drummers are machines like that, they work out, they do karate, kung-fu, they stretch and have this really disciplined life and diet, don’t drink, and all this stuff.
“And Mick’s not one of those people, so it really took its toll on him. He was just hurting everywhere. He had a few scary episodes, and they were wake-up calls.
“And he did something dramatic and drastic, which I think is probably what he needed to do. And from what I’ve heard, he’s looking great. He’s healing up, looking fantastic, looking a lot younger, a lot more energy.
“Mick’s an old friend, and I want to see him happy and enjoying himself, and he seems he got back to that place now. What’s the point if you’re not enjoying yourself?”