Dokken – “Return To The East Live 2016”

Dokken – “Return To The East Live 2016” CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/2LP (Frontiers Records) 

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A legendary name in the 80s LA scene, Dokken continue to be in demand as a cult hard rock band so this double live album, which is a successor to 1988’s gold charting “Beast From The East”, is more than overdue! Complete with the original line up of George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass), Mick Brown (drums) and of course, Don Dokken on vocals, the 13 track “Return To The East Live 2016” was recorded and filmed at the Loud Park Festival in Japan. Despite not playing together for 25 years, and reputedly rehearsing for only 3 days before their first and only (warm up) US show prior to flying out to playing arenas, its pretty clear from the performance that not only have the band lost none of their touch, but the sheer euphoria and magic of once again coming together, despite the years of procrastination has been well worth the while. With a fan favourite set list of classic numbers like the anthemic of ‘Breakin’ The Chains’, the roaring ‘Into The Fire’, ‘Tooth And Nail’ (where Lynch is truly ablaze with this guitar work) and power ballad ‘Alone Again’, the rest of this incredible event is completed by the roaring crowd! There’s also tons of bonus footage shot by the band themselves catching up on the years and this monumental release will include a brand new studio track and 2 acoustic reworkings of classic tracks ‘Heaven Sent’ and ‘Will The Sun Rise’ also recorded by the original members as well! Anticipated to be a one time thing, “Return To The East Live 2016” is an absolute must for classic Dokken fans and anyone still craving 80s hard rock metal!

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