Dokkenis an American band which was formed in 1976 and they play heavy metal style music. The band is considered a classic for their era and their style of music. They released many singles and sold over 10 million albums. The group associated with bands such as Ratt, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, War Lock, and Def Leppard. Their style of music was not quite like the others however. The group seemed to have a style of their own with melodic vocals with heavy thumping bass and heavy use of lead guitars. The group did not achieve the commercial success that the above mentioned groups did.
The members of Dokken originally consisted Don Dokken (vocals), George Lynch (lead guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass), and Mick Brown (drums). The current lineup consists of Don Dokken (vocals), Jon Levin (guitar player), Barry Sparks (bass player), and Mick Brown (drums). When the band was first formed Jim Monanteras was a temporary bass player to help the group record, Back In the Streets, with the Careere Records label. Lynch replaced Greg Leon who was a replacement for Randy Rhoads in Quiet Riot. Juan Croucier replaced Monanteras as another temporary bass player in 1978. The group released the singles, Hard Rock Woman and Paris Is Burning in 1978. In 1981 the band released the album called, Chains In Europe. The album was re-mastered and re-released by Elecktra Records in the United States in 1983. Juan Croucier left the band in 1981 and was replaced by Jeff Pilson. Jeff was their first official bass player. The band released their album, Tooth and Nail, in 1984 and from it came several hits. They were Just Got Lucky, Alone Again, and Into the Fire. The album sold over 1 million copies in the United States and peaked at number 49 on the charts. Their album, Under Lock and Key, was released in 1985 and it also sold over 1 million copies. Some of the hits from it were In My Dreams, The Hunter, and Itís Not Love.
In the 1980's the band performed opening acts for other artists such as Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, and Aerosmith, as well as others. After a successful tour with the group called Scorpions, they recorded the song called Dream Warriors for the movie, A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. The group continued to release albums and hits until they broke up in 1988 because of different opinions among the members. They later reunited and released some more albums and singles. The group released a total of 18 albums and compilations and 14 singles and Eps during their musical career and some members are still performing.
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