Don Dokken had a recent chat with Antihero Magazine, where he spoke about his voice and the difficulties he is facing as he gets older.
Here’s what the singer said about his voice:
“Yes, it’s been a problem. We get older, and our voices are not like they were when I was 27 or 30 or 35 or 40. When you get older, your voice is not as high as it used to be, so you lose your high notes.
And I know every singer in this business, there’s only a few singers that I know that when I see them live, I say, holy sh*t, they sound just as good as they did when they were 30, and now they’re 70. Klaus Meine [Scorpions] still sings amazing. He’s got an amazing voice. He still sounds the same. So I guess it’s a God thing. Maybe God just gives people a gift.”
“You see Glenn Hughes go out and do Deep Purple E songs. And Glenn Hughes, he’s almost 70. He sings amazing. Ronnie James Dio, to almost the end of his life, when he had cancer, he did a concert at Radio City Music Hall [with Heaven & Hell] and he was fighting cancer, and he still sounded amazing, just like he did forever. So I guess some people are blessed and some people are not.
“In my world, I have good days and I have bad days, and I don’t want to put the blame on anybody. But when you’re flying on an airplane for five hours in a pressurized cabin, and then you go to a hotel and the air conditioning’s on, and it’s 100 degrees outside, and then you go in your room and it’s 60 degrees, then you get back on a plane, your voice goes out.”