Friday, August 9, 2002 @ 12:15 AM
Don Dokken & Co. Rock Philly a
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REVIEW BY: Debby Rao
It was a long trip from Boston to Philadelphia, but it was worth every second of it. Dokken performed a fabulous show at the Electric Factory.
Dokken are currently on tour with Ratt, Warrant, Firehouse and LA
Guns. I was unable to see the other bands perform that night, because I was interviewing Don Dokken.
Dokken hit the stage around 12:30 PM. The place was pretty full for a Thursday night. Don went onstage, wearing a long black coat that he got from a friend while he was on the set of the movie The Crow. Don sang his heart out.
The band opened the show with “Kiss of Death” and played all of their hits, including “The Hunter,” “Into the Fire,” and “Maddest Hatter.”
The boys rocked. I finally got to hear the new members of the band play. Alex De Rosso is now the new guitarist of the band. Don discovered him while the band was touring Europe in May. Barry Sparks is the new bass player. He has toured with Michael Schenker, and Yngwie
The guys gave a 100 percent. From the moment Alex De Rosso hit the stage, he never stopped running. Don Dokken is also playing guitar on stage these days. It gave the band a very full sound. His voice his still very strong, and his stage energy amazing.
The highlight of the evening came with the crowd sing along of Alone Again. Everyone knew the words. The band then ended the evening on a heavy note with the crowd favorites “Tooth and Nail” and “In My Dreams.”
Dokken rocked Philly. The band was very tight. I got to talk to Don Dokken after the show. He told me of some of the future plans for Dokken. They have been on the road since Christmas. They are touring now with Rockfest 2002 lineup. After this tour is finished, they plan to go out on their own in the middle of September. The Rockfest tour ends September 14th in Hollywood at the Palladium. The plan is to tour the states and Europe. After the touring is finished, the band will go into the studio and record their next album, which should be released next spring.
Don also plans to release his solo album this year. He played me a couple of songs from it. It is amazing. It is totally acoustic with heart-warming lyrics.
The show was well worth the trip from Boston. Check out Dokken on tour this summer. Don Dokken has taken the band to a new dimension. New members, new album, the guys are ready to rock.