Dokken & Lita FordFriday, October 25, 2019
Dokken exploded out of the boiling hard rock/heavy metal scene in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. 1983's “Breaking the Chains” with its catchy title track, set the stage for Dokken becoming the most dominant creative and commercial force in the world of Melodic Hard Rock for the following years. Such classic albums as “Tooth and Nail”, “Under Lock and Key” and “Back for the Attack” all became Multi-Platinum selling smashes and the live “Beast from the East” went gold in Europe and Japan. Songs like "Alone Again", "Just Got Lucky", "Into the Fire", "In My Dreams", "Unchain the Night", "Dream Warriors", "Burning like a Flame" and "Heaven Sent" are still nowadays regarded among the genre’s finest.
Dokken has shared the stage with AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Kiss, Scorpions, as well as Bon Jovi, just to name a few. The band hit stadium status in 1988, playing in front of over a million fans in just five weeks. It seemed Dokken was on the verge of superstardom. But like so many other bands that have come before and after them, Dokken broke up his group in 1989.
In 1994, the legendary A&R man John Kalodner offered Dokken a recording contract on the condition the group had to be original members. The band released the appropriately titled “Dysfunctional” in 1995 selling 450,000 copies, which by the mid '90s was considered by industry standards very respectable. But just as they were on the verge of releasing a second single, filming a video, starting a world tour and "taking it all the way", as Don Dokken puts it, the baggage from their past reared its ugly head, and again the group began to unravel. Soon after guitarist George Lynch left the group, he was replaced by Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake).
They released “Erase the Slate” in 1999 Followed by their DVD “Live from the Sun” in 2000. In 2001, Beach was replaced by John Norum (Europe) and released the album “Long Way Home”. By 2003 guitarist Jon Levin came on board with the subsequent release of the albums “Hell to pay”. Lightening strikes Again’ and ‘Broken Bones’ and has remained with the group for over 20 years now. All 3 CD’s have been aclamained as a true and definite return to there classic sound.
In October 2016, the original members of Dokken reunited for a brief Sold-Out tour of Japan, playing in several Arenas as well as co-Headlining the Loud Park Festival with the Scorpions. But as Don says, “It was fun to play with the original members again, but my current line-up of Dokken will remain so.”
DOKKEN is now Don Dokken (vocals), Mick Brown (drums), Jon Levin (guitar) and Chris McCarvill (bass).
Dokken has survived and kept their loyal fans in a time when people's tastes change as fast as Britney Spears' wardrobe, they have been embraced by a whole new generation of rock fans. They recently played at ‘The Bang Your Head Festival’ in Germany as well as ‘Rambling Man’ in England receiving rave reviews. The group is now currently back in the U S wrapping up there 2017 world tour! The group plans on a new record release in 2018.
They say a cat has nine lives and it seems Dokken is enjoying more than a few as well!
Lita Ford’s career began in 1975 as a founding member and guitarist of the groundbreaking all female group the Runaways. The groups hard rock / punk edge spawned hits like “Cherry Bomb” and “Queens of Noise”. Lita and the Runaways proved their timelessness in 2014 when “Cherry Bomb” was featured in the critically acclaimed Marvel / Disney Studios hit movie “Guardians Of The Galaxy” and was nominated for a Grammy Award.
In 1983 Lita launched her carrier as a solo artist with her début album “Out For Blood” establishing her as the premier female performer in rock and Heavy Metal. Lita quickly followed up in 1984 with the release of “Dancin’ on the Edge” which earned her a Grammy nomination in the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance category. The album produced the world charting single “Fire In My Heart” and the U.S. Billboard top 50 charting hit “Gotta Let Go”. The song, along with the video being in MTV’s top rotation began to make Ford a household name and face.
2018 celebrated the 30th anniversary of the self-titled multi platinum “Lita” album. Released on February 2nd 1988 the “Lita” album boasted four charting hit singles. “Back to the Cave”, “Falling In and Out of Love” (co written with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx) along with the world wide mega hits “Kiss me Deadly”, nominated for the MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video of the year and the certified gold ballad single “Close my Eyes Forever” featuring Ozzy Osbourne, which remained in the Billboard top 10 for 25 weeks.
The “Lita” album solidified Ford as one of the most influential female performers in the music industry and earning her the title “Queen of Metal”. Ford released three more studio albums following “Lita”. Stiletto, “Dangerous Curves” and “Black”. These albums produced the radio and video hits “Hungry”,“Playin’ with Fire” and “Shot of Poison” again nominating her for a Grammy.
In 1995 Lita Ford took a sabbatical from the industry to raise a family. In 2008 Ford answered the calling of her fans and after thirteen years triumphantly returned to the stage. The excitement generated by Ford’s return quickly showed the world that the Queen was back. Since then Lita continues to tour at a non-stop pace, headlining major events worldwide and throughout the United States.
Alongside her live performances Lita has followed up with two new studio albums. “Living Like A Runaway” and “Time Capsule”. With Ford’s long awaited return to the scene, also came the long awaited opportunity by the industry to finally recognize Lita Ford for forever changing the roll of women in music. 2014 saw two of these accolades. At the 50th anniversary of the world famous Whiskey A Go Go Ford was presented with the Guitar Player Lifetime Achievement Award. And in the same year the prestigious Guitar Player Magazine awarded her the Guitar Player Certified Legend Award and inducted her in to the Guitar Player Hall of Fame.
Besides her renown musical career Lita has also appeared in numerous movie, television and media rolls. In 1991 She portrayed the roll of the Hitchhiker in the fantasy/thriller “Highway To Hell” starring Chad Lowe. On television Ford has guested on shows such as Fox’s Herman’s Head, Food Networks Chopped and Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush. Ford was also featured along with Bruce Springsteen’s legendary E Street band saxophonist Clarence Clemons as band members of The Howie Mandel Show’s Studio One Band. In 2009 Lita was cast to voice the roll of Rima for the action adventure video game Brutal Legend.
In 2016 Ford released her autobiography “Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir”. The books insight and vivid truthfulness so captured audiences that it quickly became a national best seller and awarded 4.7 stars out of 5 by Amazon. The book reached such critical acclaim that Lita was presented the “Outstanding Writer” award in 2017 by the Producers Choice Honors.
At 2017’s Fifth Annual She Rocks Awards Lita was chosen as the recipient of the coveted Icon Award. That evening she was also officially bestowed the title of The First Lady of Rock Guitar by Marshall Amplification and Guitar Player Magazine. Laura B. Whitmore, founder of the WiMN and producer of the She Rocks Awards, commented: "Whether as a solo artist, band member, or guitar shredder, Lita Ford is a true pioneer who has broken down barriers and inspires today's female guitarists. I am excited to honor her with an award that really sums up the essence of Lita Ford.
Ford continues to encourage and inspire aspiring musicians by teaching and mentoring through here work with Rock and Roll Fantasy Camps.
2018 has seen Lita and her long time band mates Patrick Kennison (Guitar), Marty O’Brien (Bass) and Bobby Rock (Drums) continuing to tour at her normal feverish pace. The year has also seen her taking on new endeavors and expanding the Lita Ford universe. In May of 2018 Lita launched Lita Ford Guitars. The company, in conjunction with Cara Guitars offers hand worked replicas of Lita’s iconic instruments. These classic replicas are also available through the newly formed “Lita Ford Ultimate VIP Concert Experience” meet and greet packages.
Since the start of 2018 Lita has been more present than ever in major media and publications. Filming 24 episodes of AXS TV’s hit series “Top 10 Revealed”, Nat Geo TV’s “Decades Remixed” and a top BBC series focusing on iconic musicians playing styles and their gear. Along with appearances in both the Suzi Quatro and Girls school documentaries. Lita also contributed to two upcoming major release books “The History of Hard Rock” by Tom Beaujour and “No Encore” by Drew Fortune. The year finished out with Lita again being bestowed three prestigious honors. The Hollywood FAME Producers Choice “Icon” Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 “Legend” Inductee Nomination in to the Hall of Heavy Metal History and in 2019 a life sized digital portrait of her ionic one of a kind double neck guitar will be on exhibit at London’s Saatchi Gallery presented by “The Art of Capture” photographer Kane Hibberd.
Dokken & Lita Ford
Friday, October 25, 2019
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Showtime 8:00 PM
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