80's Metal Bands




Dokken is an American heavy metal and hard rock band that was formed in 1976. The group became one of the classic metal bands from their era, accumulating numerous charting singles and selling more than 10 million albums worldwide. While it became associated with bands like Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Cinderella, and Def Leppard, their traditional style never set them apart or gained them much notoriety outside hair-metal circles. Though some have insisted that Dokken produced an image that was somewhat "glam," its music, due largely to the unique style of world renowned guitarist George Lynch, was traditionally heavy with technical expertise, and the band relied much less on a "glam" image than later glam metal bands such as Poison and Warrant, focusing more on the musical aspect.

Dokken was composed of founder Don Dokken on vocals, George Lynch on lead guitars, Juan Croucier on bass, and Mick Brown on drums. In 1983 Croucier left Dokken in order to form Ratt and was replaced by Jeff Pilson. Currently, Dokken and Brown remain from the original lineup. After several lineup changes on guitar, Dokken's attorney, Jon Levin, stepped in to fill the role. In 2001, Barry Sparks replaced Jeff Pilson on the bass guitar.

In 2008, Dokken returned to the music scene with their first studio album in four years titled Lightning Strikes Again. The album has been critically acclaimed and it gave the band a return to the charts when it debuted at #133 on the Billboard Top 200 and became their highest charting album since 1995. The album's success has been attributed to its sound which is very similar to the band's material in the 1980s.


Wikipedia contributors. Dokken. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. August 3, 2008, 02:32 UTC. Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dokken&oldid=229513024. Accessed August 3, 2008.