In a brand new interview with The Washington Times, Don Dokken was asked what happened to the rumored reunion of DOKKEN's classic lineup.
"We've been talking for years now," he said. "The fans have been begging us to get back together. A while back, we all met. What a meeting!"
He continued: "[We] went to Jeff's [Pilson, bass] studio and banged out three brand-new songs [and] met with a promoter.
"Jeff can't do it [because of] too many commitments with FOREIGNER. And George [Lynch, guitar] has a new thing with Michael Sweet from STRYPER. So…"
Asked what he and George fight about, Don said: "I finally realized what it was all about when we played a reunion tour of Japan in 1995. It all started again: him playing with his back to the audience. Every time I talked to the audience, he would make these little noises with [his] guitar like a child. I said, 'What is the problem? What can I do to make this work?' He pointed at the 20-foot backdrop hanging behind that read 'Dokken' and said, 'That's the problem. The name."
He continued: "It's my name, but it's also the band’s name. Nothing you can do about it."
All the members of DOKKEN's classic 1980s lineup reunited on stage for the first time in more than a decade on November 29, 2009 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California. According to OC Weekly, Don Dokken appeared on stage and said he had some friends he wanted to introduce. Pilson and Lynch joined Mick Brown (drums) for a two-song encore of "When Heaven Comes Down" and "In My Dreams".
Don Dokken and Lynch appeared on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" together back in May of 2010 in hopes that a reunion of DOKKEN's classic linep would follow. Despite their efforts, the reunion never happened and Don went forward with DOKKEN's current lineup.