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Dokken Biography


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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, US
Years Active: 1978–1988, 1993–present
Genres: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Glam Metal


Dokken is an American heavy metal and hard rock band that was formed in 1978. The group accumulated numerous charting singles and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.

Dokken was composed of founder Don Dokken on vocals, George Lynch on lead guitars, Juan Croucier on bass, and "Wild" Mick Brown on drums. In 1983 Croucier left Dokken in order to join Ratt and was replaced by Jeff Pilson. Currently, Dokken and Brown remain from the original line-up. After several personnel changes on guitar, Dokken's attorney Jon Levin stepped in to fill the role in 2004. In 2001, Barry Sparks replaced Jeff Pilson on the bass guitar. In 2009, Sean McNabb replaced Barry Sparks on bass.

1984 became Dokken's breakout year in the US with the release of the album “Tooth and Nail” on September 13. The album contained several hit songs including "Just Got Lucky", "Alone Again", and "Into The Fire". The album sold over one million copies in the US alone and peaked at #49, while selling an estimated three million copies worldwide.

On November 9, 1985, the band's album “Under Lock and Key” was released. It also sold over one million copies with the singles "In My Dreams" (#24), "The Hunter" (#25) and "It's Not Love"

“Back for the Attack” was released on November 27, 1987. It spawned the singles "Burning Like a Flame" (#20), "Heaven Sent" and "Kiss of Death" to become the band's most successful release, reaching #13 on U.S. charts.

Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s the band went through several lineup changes and periods of hiatus. Don Dokken also recorded a solo album, titled “Up from the Ashes” in 1990.

On May 13, 2008, Dokken released their first studio album in four years titled “Lightning Strikes Again,” which was met with increased commercial success and became the band's highest charting album in 13 years when it debuted at #133 in the United States.