Current and former members of DOKKEN — George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass), and Mick Brown (drums) — have joined forces in a new project called TOOTH AND NAIL. The band is currently in the studio recording on album featuring new original material as well as reworked versions of around five or six DOKKEN classics. The lead vocal duties on the CD — which is tentatively due in March 2012 — will be handled by former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach (on DOKKEN's "Alone Again"), Doug Pinnick (KING'S X), Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown (on DOKKEN's "When Heaven Comes Down"). The drum tracks on the new, original compositions will be taken care of by Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER).
TOOTH AND NAIL recently took part in a photo session with acclaimed photographer Alex Solca. Those pictures, along with an official press release announcing the project, are expected to be made available in the next couple of weeks.
After laying down his tracks on Thursday, December 15 at Pilson's studio, Bach tweeted, "[I] had a blast! I forgot how great the song is." He added, "Get ready for another ballad, because every bad boy has a soft side! Hahaha."
For more information, visit TOOTH AND NAIL's official Facebook page.
Fans have been clamoring for a reunion of DOKKEN's most popular lineup for over a decade, and rumors of such a project flourished in 2009 when vocalist Don Dokken and George Lynch appeared together on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show". Lynch has since shot down the possibility of a renewed collaboration with the singer, telling the Appleton Post Crescent in a November 2011 interview, "The same motivation that caused [Don] to break up the band originally was the same reason the reunion didn’t happen. At the end of the day, he made it sound as if he was willing to go along and be fair and split everything up as a band and when it came down to the eleventh hour, he wanted it all. He figured he'd set the ball in motion and get everybody's hopes up and do all the press and have all these meetings and do all this legwork and put the managers and band members through all this pain. You get invested in the idea and then this is his whole car salesman bait-and-switch." He added, "He's a piece of work. Whatever. And I don't mind talking about this. People say you shouldn't talk about all this stuff. No one wants to hear about that. Actually, I think that it's important. I think people are interested in how the business works. Behind-the-scenes stuff, what really occurs when the rubber hits the road."
Sebastian Bach and Jeff Pilson in the studio:
Behind the scenes at TOOTH AND NAIL photo session: