Dokken Live In Clifton Park, NY
Friday, January 4, 2002 @ 1:01 PM
||Dokken Live At Northern Lights|
Dokken is back on the road with new band members and a new album to plug (Long Way Home coming out March 5th). However, the question on everybody’s mind is this a new and improved Dokken or a weaker watered down version of the original (is it Coke or New Coke)?
Well, the answer is it’s a bit of both. There’s no denying the original line-up. George Lynch was a monster on guitar. Jeff Pilson handled the backing vocals and bass with honor. Together, they helped pen some of Dokken’s greatest hits and created the magic that was Dokken in the early days. It’s like asking a KISS fan who’s better Peter Criss or Eric Singer. Peter was part of the magic that made KISS. Eric is the drummer that took Kiss to a higher level and this is where we find Dokken in 2002. Barry Sparks (to quote Don) "plays like Schenker on bass, sings like a god and adds a new dimension to Dokken." John Norum (formerly of Europe) who has spent the last few years punching out solo guitar albums also adds a new dimension to the band. Together they help form Dokken’s strongest line-up in years. Having already heard the new album, I can guarantee that no one will be disappointed, but enough digression and on with the show.
The band hit the stage at 11:30pm to a crowd of 1100 and blazed through 15 songs that span their entire career (including two new ones.) The show was marred all night by the local soundman’s inability to provide the band (especially Don) with the proper stage sound (nothing can fuck up a show like bad monitors). On the bright side, it was only the second show of their 35-city winter tour and things can only get better. The band itself was in fine form. Not bad for a band that had only played together once before (the first show). The chemistry is there!
Excluding the technical difficulties the band sounded great and played with an intensity and passion that is missing from some of yesteryears other touring bands. Dokken isn’t on the road trying to scrape together two nickels on the back of their past glories. They’re out to prove that Dokken is still Rokken and with a little help from a qualified soundman… they’ll succeed!
Erase The Slate
Kiss Of Death
Sunless Days (New song)
Into The Fire
Too High Too Fly
Breaking The Chains
Little Girl (new song – 1st single from Long Way Home)
It’s Not Love
When Heaven Comes
Tooth And Nail
Paris Is Burning
In My Dreams
All pictures by Mitch LaFon
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