Below you can watch video footage of guitarist George Lynch performing with Dokken at del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, New York on February 17th.
In a recent interview with SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, guitarist George Lynch talked about Dokken’s reunion shows and why he’s playing only three songs: “Kiss Of Death”, “When Heaven Comes Down” and “Tooth And Nail”.
Here’s what Lynch said:
“It has been [fun], actually, more than I would have thought. I would have thought there… ‘Cause Don [Dokken] and I had had animosity towards each other at a couple of different levels over the decades. And it’s kind of a weird thing when you think about it. And sometimes, it is uncomfortable for me, because when I show up, I have to sit there, and, of course, they’re playing the songs that I wrote. And the [current Dokken] guitar player, Jon [Levin], is a wonderful guy; we’re friends. But they’re doing my whole thing, and then I walk out.” […]
About playing only the three classic songs, Lynch replied:
“Well, that’s probably an economic issue on Don‘s side. I mean, Don owns the name of the band. It works on me on all levels at this point, and obviously it works for Don, so if it’s not broken, why fix it? And I don’t know… I would just be speculating that he’s concerned maybe that something could pop up if he gets in bed with me and then now he doesn’t have what he’s built over all these years. So there’s that. And maybe financially it would be not as — I don’t know — not as [much of] a positive outcome for him. I’m not sure; we haven’t talked about it.
”But what we’re doing now works. Obviously, what you just brought up is something that everybody’s thinking about, but, hey, it’s not up to me to decide. But I certainly feel that would probably make sense [for me to play the whole set]; I could see that making sense. I’m already there — why don’t I just go out and finish playing the rest of the songs that are part of my legacy? People would like that. There’s a lot of different ways to think about that.
”There’s what we do as a business, and I’m not ashamed of that. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to talk about the business side of music. It doesn’t take away from the art; it doesn’t take away from the creative part of it. Those are two different sides of the same coin. We all need to make a living.
”But you have to have that balance of appreciating and producing music that you love and that people enjoy, and at the same time, it has to make sense financially. So I’m not sure which one that is, as to why we’re not back together on a more complete basis, where I’m playing the whole set, but I’ve got a feeling it’s probably financial.”