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A string of Platinum albums and years of grueling touring moved Dokken out of the L.A. scene to become one of the most respected rock bands of their era. Surpassing their peers, Dokken succeeded in selling millions of records and performing stadium concerts around the world, bringing their music to life in front of hundreds of thousands of appreciative fans who loved and respected the band more for their quality musicianship and distinctive vocal talents than their fashions. Then, on the verge of attaining a superstar level of success, the members disbanded. Now, with the release of Shadow Life, their new album on CMC International Records, Dokken again stands poised to achieve the success and acclaim that as long been due them.

Ask each of the 4 band members what caused the breakup at such a pivotal time in their career, and you will receive four differing points of view. Today, none of this matters. "What's more important to us now," explains George, "is what's happening now that we've gotten back together." This is something George, along with Don, Jeff and Mick can all agree on. "There's a new found appreciation for the band chemistry that has actually always been there. As soon as we started writing together, it was magic." In the years between 1989 and 1992, when Dokken as a band had ceased to exist, Jeff eventually went back to work with Don, while George and Mick formed Lynch Mob, so in actuality, there was a continuing Dokken presence and connection, not only in the minds of the public, but in the minds of the band members as well.

"Somehow I always knew Dokken would get back together as Dokken," admits Don. "Maybe we needed to work through some personal stuff, grow a little, and to be totally honest, wait out the inevitable decline of the alternative music wave. None of this ever had anything to do with our not wanting to work together."

In 1994, the band was back together again, signed to Sony Records, and in the studio recording the appropriately titled "Dysfunctional." "I think it was basically a good album, but the problem was it was as if we were sort of testing the waters and some of that shows in the music," explains Mick. "Dysfunctional" had actually come about, because Don and Jeff had Mick to come in to work with them on some new music. "It dawned on us," explains Jeff, "that here was 3/4 of Dokken and that it still felt like Dokken, so we called George and asked him to play too." Although still a little uncertain about his future as a permanent member of Dokken, George went into it as a temporary project. "But when we started working together again this time," he states, "it was better than anything we had ever done, so now I've made the long term commitment once again to the rest of the band."

In the Fall of 1996, Dokken signed a new recording contract with CMC International Records, shortly after CMC's acquisition by BMG Entertainment. "We have always been on a major label," explains Don, "but even before they signed with BMG, we really liked what CMC was doing in the industry. They are one of the only pure rock labels in the business today, and, they sign bands who are remaining true to their own style of music. The music is what has always been most important to Dokken." And George adds, "If we ever had been in this strictly for the fame and fortune, we would not have disbanded when we were right on the edge of hitting it in a major way. But when the music started to suffer, that became all that mattered to us."

CMC, in November 1996, released a live Dokken album and long form home video titled "One Live Night," which features acoustic live versions of a number of Dokken favorites recorded in Redondo Beach, CA in late 1994. "I felt that, because this band's career had never declined and that they had disbanded on a high note, there would be significant public demand for a unique and personal look at another dimension of the band and their music," explained CMC President Tom Lipsky. "From a marketing perspective, I felt that the album and video were wonderful representations of Dokken as a group whose success was always based upon superior musicianship and distinctive vocals, and before releasing Shadow Life I wanted to remind the market of the basic qualities that had drawn our label to the band."

On Shadow Life, Dokken again sets a creative standard that is not grounded in market trends nor simply a repeat of their historic sound, but rather, is a contemporary statement of their evolution as individuals as well as musicians. Pure rock tracks such as "Puppet On A String," "Hard To Believe," and "Cracks In The Ground" masterfully blend energy, passion, driving guitars and quality vocals. "I Feel," a song destined for major radio attention, kicks of with a flavorful rhythm which then invites a superior group vocal performance that builds into an anthem-like chorus that is pure Dokken. "Convenience Store Messiah" showcases, again, a vocal chemistry that is signature Dokken surrounded by clever lyrics and haunting instrumental melodies. Shadow Life stretches the boundaries that inhibit and limit most bands. Dokken, on their new album overcome the narrow creative thinking that too often is demonstrated by "today's" bands, and succeed in expressing an artistic maturity and evolution that is simply stunning, while remaining true to their vintage rock and roll foundation.

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