Dokken is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group separated in 1989 and reformed four years later. They have three singles reaching the music rankings (Alone Again, In My Dreams and Burning Like a Flame) and more than 10 million albums sold internationally in 2002>. Beast from the East is nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Metal Performance category in 1989>.
Dokken's classical training includes founder Don Dokken on vocals, George Lynch on lead guitar, Mick Brown on drums, and Jeff Pilson, who replaced Juan Croucier de Ratt in early 1984 on bass. This formation remains stable between 1984 and 1989, and again between 1993 and 1997; only Dokken and Brown are remaining original members.
Don Dokken's first band, Airborn, formed in 1976. He plays in several Los Angeles clubs, including the Starwood on Sunset Strip. Airborn included Bobby Blotzer on drums, and Juan Croucier on bass, but Blotzer and Croucier left the group in 1978 to form FireFoxx. Don Dokken will be unable to keep the name of Airborn because a homonymous group had already signed a contract with a label. With Greg Pecka on drums, and Steven R. Barry on bass, Dokken records a 7 "single, Hard Rock Woman b / w Broken Heart, released in 1979 as Dokken.> A Dokken formation including Don, the Guitarist Greg Leon, drummer Gary Holland, and bassist Gary Link tour Germany in 1979, where the band meets future producer Michael Wagener.> Dokken still touring Germany in 1980, this time with Croucier on bass.
Juan Croucier left Dokken in 1983 before the release of Breaking the Chains' video to join Ratt. He is replaced by Jeff Pilson. The album Tooth and Nail is published on September 13, 1984 and contains several hits including Just Got Lucky, Alone Again, and Into the Fire. On November 9, 1985, the band's third album, Under Lock and Key, is released. It contains the singles In My Dreams (# 24), The Hunter (# 25) and It's Not Love>. After their successful tour with Scorpions, Dokken returned to the recording studio in December 1986 to record the song Dream Warriors, the soundtrack for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. They then tackle the recording of the album Back for the Attack published on November 27, 1987, and includes the singles Burning Like a Flame (# 20), Heaven Sent and Prisoner (# 37). After Back for the Attack, the band participated in the 1988 Monsters of Rock Tour in the summer of 1988 with Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, and Kingdom Come>.