Dokken at Jaap Edenhal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 9th of March 1986.
Due to the promotional activities of the European release of their debut album “Breaking the Chains (1982)” on Carrere Records, the band performed a live concert on the German show “Beat-Club”. With the impressive performance from lead guitarist George Lynch still fresh in my mind, I soon afterwards bought the album at the local record store. In that period, it was well known that Dokken had a little bit of a residency in Germany, and I was hoping that the band would jump over the border to play some shows here. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
Dokken returned to the States and got signed to Elektra Records, and the label released a remixed version of their debut album for the American market. In the years to come, I followed the band from the side-lines. And on 9th November 1985, the band's third album “Under Lock and Key” was released, and the band got a slot as supporting act for the European tour of Accept.
Some interviews with artists are impressive, and this...… was one of those! Dokken’s bass player and our conversation partner Jeff Pilson, had an interesting career history beginning as the lead singer in the first ever hard-rock musical called “Rock Justice” continuing to this point with his connections with Shrapnel label boss, Mike Varney. There was lots of interesting material to talk about which we, my colleague Danielle van der Graaf and I, did just that. And of course, as usual…....we were exceeding the allotted interview time normally given time by the record company.