During a recent conversation with the VintageRock Pod, guitarist George Lynch was asked if there will be a new reunion with Dokken’s classic line-up: Don Dokken on vocals, Jeff Pilson on bass, and “Wild” Mick Brown on drums.
About this topic, Lynch responded:
“No. The short-version answer is no. The reason is, for one, Mick has retired. He sold his drums, got rid of his drums. He doesn’t play anymore. Maybe he goes and jams here and there. And for his own mental and physical health, he’s just kind of disconnected from the whole world, and he doesn’t return our calls.
”That’s okay. I think that’s probably what he needed to do, and I respect that. It’s sad in a way because we were friends for decades and built something together; we came up together. It was Mick and I before anybody else, before Jeff or Don. I would love to still be friends with him and maintain a relationship, but that’s all right.
“Jeff has been in, I think, Foreigner for, I don’t know, maybe 15 years. They’re doing very, very well. It keeps him very, very busy. And we do our side things, The End Machine and other projects; the ‘Heavy Hitters’ projects, we do that together. We live down the street from each other, so we’re always working together.
”We love each other, and we always dream of kind of doing something else band-wise that we can take out on the road and kind of do that whole Dokken building-the-band process again. Even at our age, we talk about that and hope that we’ll be able to do that someday.
“But doing it in the context of Dokken, I think that ship has sailed, as I said in other interviews, because we tried so many times to put it together, and it’s like Humpty Dumpty. Don‘s got his thing. He owns the (Dokken) name, and he has hired-gun guys that are great. And he’s very happy with that, and they’ve been together for a lot of years.
”And they service the songs, and people dig it, and if it’s not broken, why fix it? For him to come back into a true band situation where everything is split up equally and he’s not the king and he’s not getting the lion’s share of the money, I think that has something to do with the fact that it probably won’t happen.” […]