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Dokken Live in Hartford, CT

By Tokemaster General, Contributor
Friday, July 16, 2004 @ 0:46 AM


Dokken Live at the Webster The

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REVIEW BY: Debby Rao

Dokken performed a kick-ass show at the Webster Theatre in Hartford, CT on July 11. The band is currently touring the country in support of their new album, Hell to Pay, on Sanctuary Records, which will be released Tuesday, July 13.

Don Dokken recently sent me an advance copy of the CD and it is by far the best Dokken album since Dysfunctional. Hell To Pay is the new rebirth of Dokken. It features very strong songwriting, catchy lyrics, haunting melodies, and Don is singing better than ever on this LP.

I had the chance to ask Don about his thoughts on the new CD and Don says, “We have been writing songs over the past year. I am 75 percent happy with this album. I only wished we could have stayed in the studio longer and put another rocker on the CD." Don is a perfectionist and this album features some of his best work yet! The CD captures Don Dokken's passionate and sensual vocal style. Jon Levin's modern guitar style gives the band a certain ambiance reminiscent of the early Tooth and Nail.

"Escape" is the new single off Hell to Pay. The record company wanted “Prozac Nation,” but Don thought “Escape” was by far the better song. I totally agree. "Don’t Bring Me Down," a song written by Barry Sparks, is a strong rocker and could easily become the new Tooth and Nail theme song.

Dokken hit the stage at 10:30 p.m. and performed one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. The band opened with "Kiss of Death" and rocked the house down with all the hits including "Into The Fire," “The Hunter," Just Got Lucky" and "Breaking the Chains."

The highlight of the evening came when the band played "Alone Again" and everyone sang along. I also enjoyed "Too High Too Fly." The boys jammed on that song and Barry did a great bass solo. Barry Sparks was a ball of energy, and did a great job of singing backup vocals. Barry also just released a new solo CD called "Can’t Look Back" and it is available at www.barrysparks.com. Don was in a great mood and joked with the audience. His stage presence was amazing and it is clear to see why Dokken is still going strong in 2004.

The band played their new single, "Escape," and it was very well received. Jon Levin is a remarkable guitarist and has taken Dokken to a new dimension.

The band ended the show with "In My Dreams" and "Tooth and Nail." It was great seeing Dokken perform live again. The band will be touring all summer long. For tour dates check out www.dokken.net.



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