DOKKEN To Utilize Stand-In Drummer For Select Dates

DOKKEN will enlist drummer Vik Foxx (ex-ENUFF Z'NUFF) to fill in for regular skinsman Mick Brown for several live shows that Mick is unable to play this summer.

Rhino Records in March revisited DOKKEN's early days with a pair of releases packed with previously unissued material. The first release, a CD entitled "From Conception: Live 1981", captures DOKKEN in an early, previously unseen concert recorded before the band signed with Elektra. The second release is the DVD debut of the band's first home video, the platinum-certified "Unchain the Night", which is expanded with unreleased videos and new extended interviews with the band.

DOKKEN is continuing work on its new album, "Lightning Strikes Again", tentatively due later in the year via Rhino Records in the U.S. and Frontiers Records in Europe. The follow-up to 2004's "Hell to Pay" will feature the lineup of Don Dokken (vocals), Jon Levin (guitar, ex-WARLOCK), Barry Sparks (bass, TED NUGENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MSG) and Mick Brown (drums).

"It will be a very heavy progressive record," Dokken recently told Deb Rao of KNAC.COM. "Just some cool songs, some dark songs, and some medium tempo. Some of the best work that I have done in years. I am not looking for any kind of sound. I am just writing whatever spiritual inspiration comes to me. You could say the sound is very heavy, like 'Kiss of Death'."

Upcoming DOKKEN shows:

Jul. 08 - Shreveport, LA - Rumble On The Red Motorcycle Rally
Jul. 14 - Pryor, OK - Pryor Creek Music Festival
Jul. 15 - Payette, ID - Clay Peak MX Park
Jul. 26 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center
Aug. 03 - Sheboygan, WI - Sheboygan Bratwurst Days

"Defenders of Rock Tour" with KINGDOM COME:

Sep. 26 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
Sep. 29 - Budapest, Hungary - A38
Oct. 04 - Vosselar, Belgium - Biebob
Oct. 07 - Wigan, UK - Maximes (Z Rock 2007)
Oct. 08 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
Oct. 09 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degil Artisti
Oct. 19 - Denmark/Norway - Rock The Boat

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