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In the late 1970’s Don Dokken was playing in a band called Airborn. After seeing a band called Xciter, he recruited two of its members George Lynch (guitarist) and Mick Brown (drummer), along with Juan Croucier as the group’s bassist. With all needed members enlisted in the band, Dokken, started recording some singles: “Hard Rock Woman” and “Paris is Burning” (released in 1978). In 1981, the first Dokken album was released in Europe. The following year Juan Croucier left Dokken to join Ratt but Jeff Pilson soon filled the place becoming the first official bassist. Their debut album Breaking the Chains was then re-mastered and re-released by Elektra Records in the US in 1983.

In 1984, Dokken released their second album “Tooth and Nail”. It was with this record that the band was catapulted and started to be recognized as one of the biggest rock bands of the 80's. The album featured several hit songs: "Into the Fire”, "Just Got Lucky" and Dokken's first #1 hit "Alone Again” and sold over a million copies. The next year Dokken came back with Under Lock and Key which also attained platinum status and features hits like "In My Dreams", "The Hunter" and "It's Not Love." After touring with the band Scorpions, Dokken released their next studio effort called Back for the Attack (1987). The album became the band’s most popular record reaching the 8th position in U.S charts also attaining platinum status.

After the release of their live album Beast from the East (1988) and the Monsters of Rock Tour, Dokken broke up because of differences between Don and George. After working apart for some time, the band decide to reunited and prepare a new Dokken record. In 1995 they released their album Dysfunctional with Columbia Records. The following years conveyed more records: One Live Night (a live acoustical album) in 1996, Shadowlife in 1997, Erase the Slate (with new guitarist Reb Beach) in 1999 and Live from the Sun in 2001. In 2001 John Norum (replacing Beach) and Barry Sparks (replacing Pilson) entered the band’s new line-up for their 2002 album Long Way Home. And in 2004 they released Hell to Pay (With Jon Levin replacing John Norum).

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