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Lynch Mob Concert Review, Austin, TX, June 12, 2016

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I love Dokken.  Tooth and Nail, Under Lock and Key and Back for the Attack are great albums.  Breaking the Chains is just OK.  Lots of folks slag that band but whatever, I’m a fan.

Lynch Mob headlined an early show last night with Roc Holiday and Snake Skin Prison.  I missed SSP but caught Roc Holiday’s set.  Paul Lidel (Dangerous Toys/Dirty Looks), lead guitarist and backing vocals for Roc Holiday, is simply a badass.  He made their set for me.

It was a pretty packed crowd for this venue, Texas Mist.  I hung out towards the back for Lynch Mob’s set with a good pal that I hadn’t seen in quite some time.  To be honest, I never cared for anything Lynch did after Dokken.  Too bluesy.  BUT…his band is full of people who are listed in The Book.  So going to a show that’s less than 10 minutes from my house was worth the effort.

Lynch’s band sounded absolutely great.  Oni Logan’s vocals were stellar to be honest.  I had heard that the drummer, Jimmy D’Anda, was not feeling well, but you wouldn’t have known it by his playing.  Bassist Sean McNabb held the bottom down perfectly as well.  And then there’s George.  His performance was not so stellar.  He fumbled around his pedal board quite a bit.  His solos, especially during the Dokken songs, were awful except for that break in Tooth and Nail, he did that perfectly.  He pretty much seemed like he didn’t care to be there at all.  It was a bit disappointing, to be honest.  Three times as they were counting a song in, everyone started except for George and they had to restart each time.  I could speculate on the reason but anyone that was there, especially those of us who met him after the show could pretty much tell what was up.  I’ll leave it at that.

After the show George and Sean came out to sign stuff.  I got a minute with him and he signed The Book and my Tooth and Nail CD.  He saw Pilson’s signature and asked when I got it.  I mentioned that I got it during the “Foreigner tribute band” show.  He laughed and said, “Well all original Dokken members are doing a Japanese tour.  We’re getting paid so much money, it’s the only reason I’m doing it.  I’ve got kids and grandkids to support.”  He was very nice and so was McNabb who told me he was coming back to Texas later this year playing bass for Joe Lynn Turner(!!!!).  He also stated that Oni Logan typically doesn’t come out to sign stuff and that D’Anda was pretty sick so he wasn’t coming out.

I went to the back stage curtain and one of their road crew was walking back there.  I stopped and asked if he could get Oni and Jimmy to sign and I showed him where the pages were marked.  Understand that this book has only left my sight a few times to get signed.  I was able to see them each sign it through the curtain, though.  The crew guy brought it back and said that Oni laughed that he was listed in there with Ferrari.

It wasn’t a great show by any means, but still enjoyable to hear some Dokken classics.  Oni Logan’s voice was great on those.

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June 13, 2016 at 2:42 pm

You’re bloggen with Dokken!

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Look! No ellipses!

Straight to the toooooooooooop! Tooth and Nail!

Hell yeah, that’s some quality headbanging when that song is on.

Wow, has it really been 24 years since this came out? That’s insane. This CD came on when I was driving home from work today. As you’ll notice from a lot of my reviews, I have a tendency to flashback. I wish I could blame it on drugs but I can’t. I remember buying the cassette of this at Roses department store in Suffolk, VA when I was 14. I think I heard the song Just Got Lucky on the radio and thought it was rokken. The title track comes in and just gets you all pumped up for some spandex jammin!

Now, if you’re a metal fan, and old school metal fan, you already know this album. I don’t need to break down its awesomeness. This was another of the great albums from 1984. What a year!

There are some funny stories to share about this one. I was over at Kelz’ house and we were jamming to this tape down in his den and his mom came in. Now, let me preface all this by saying both of us grew up in homes where our parents (or probably just our moms) thought that heavy metal was of the devil. They were probably right, but whatever. So anyway, she hears the chorus to “Bullets To Spare” and asks to see the tape cover so that she could read the lyrics. If I am not mistaken, the cover was this one, aka the alternate cover (weak):

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I think his mom said they were devil hands or something. She was probably right. So…Bullets to Spare…she’s reading the lyrics and just saying a few of them out loud. She looks at me and asks if I know what the song is about. Of course I did. I was 14. I was no Casanova but I knew enough about sexual euphemisms. But, I told her it was about a guy and his gun that ran out of bullets but had some extra ones in his pocket. Ha! I am sure she knew I was full of shit but she let it slide. I think it was a few weeks after that when she called my mom and told her that Chris and I shouldn’t hang out any more ‘cuz I was a bad influence on him. Actually, I think she made that call a few years later. “Not my kid” was that woman’s mantra. If she only knew, eh Chris?

“My barrel’s ready
My hand is steady
Tonight I’m ready for fun
I got my finger
It’s on the trigger
Another night on the run”

Hell yeah! Tell ’em, Don! The bad thing is that Dokken got tagged with the “hair band” label. yeah, they used a lot of hairspray and spandex, but they were a few cuts above the rest of the bands like Poison, Britny Fox and all that other bullshit. Dokken (band) had talent. George Lynch was a badass and not too many guys in the metal scene could touch him on guitar.

Good times. Fun album. I met Don on his solo tour back in 90 or 91. I was on the tour bus before the show and he came on, shook hands, signed a few things then sat down in front of everyone and shot up. Classy.

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August 15, 2008 at 10:01 pm