See this photo? This is the one that started it. The infamous grudge. The legendary feud. The internal tensions. The rumours. Do you know what Don Dokken and George Lynch disagree about? Business. That’s it. Business. For Don Dokken there can never be enough zeros on a check made out to him. George Lynch simply doesn’t feel that way. But the image on this magazine cover launched a lifetime of discussion and debate on just what is between these guys. Chalk up a Lifetime Achievement Award for Bad Press.
Dokken formed in the late 1970’s. The original lineup played the club scene in Los Angeles. Don Dokken went to Germany to lay down background vocals on the Scorpions “Blackout” album and was able to get a record deal through the manager of the band Accept. “Breaking The Chains” was released shortly thereafter and the famous 1980’s lineup of Dokken, George Lynch, Mick Brown, and Jeff Pilson was put together.
Through the 80’s Dokken would release three more successful albums: “Tooth and Nail”, “Under Lock and Key”, and “Back For The Attack” before disbanding in 1989. George Lynch would form Lynch Mob and Don Dokken released his own solo album in 1990 entitled “Up From The Ashes”. In 1993 he wrote and recorded another solo album but after being lured into a deal with Columbia if he would reunite with Lynch, the “Dysfunctional” album was released under the Dokken name in 1995. Columbia Records and fans worldwide had their Dokken back.