Speaking to “The Classic Metal Show” on December 19 appearance, Don Dokken commented on the Lynch/Pilson recent collection of studio recordings, where pop classic songs were covered into heavy metal.
“But those are not heavy hitters. No offense, they are good songs, but those are vanilla tunes. [Sings ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’] Did they rock ’em up or put some shredding guitar solos [in them]?
“They must be really bored. But, you know, everybody’s got their mantra; everybody’s got their financial things, I guess. If a record company is willing to give you money to put out pablum, then put out the pablum.
”But I hope my standards as a songwriter are a little higher than that. If I’m gonna do a remake, I’m gonna do something that was super cool, like ‘Paint It Black’ by The Rolling Stones or ‘Revolution’ by The Beatles or something that’s awesome and do something like that. I’m not gonna do Carole King.
“I don’t get it. I don’t know what’s going on with those guys. I don’t really talk to them much. Lynch and I, we talk once in a while, ’cause he always wanted to move to Santa Fe; that’s his dream. He’s always wanted to come to New Mexico. And I said, ‘Hey, you’re welcome to come on up and stay in the casita’ — as they call ’em up here, a casita, the guest house — ‘and if you wanna go hike’… He hikes; he’s a hiker. So, I’ve got 13 acres. He can get lost very easily. I’m not going looking for him.”