Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson has issued a statement regarding his decision to file a lawsuit against two of his ex-bandmates, singer/guitarist Don Dokken and drummer Mick Brown, to dissolve their musical and financial partnership.
"Unfortunately, I felt it was necessary to file the lawsuit," Pilson said in the statement. "Although I can't say too much at this point due to the legal proceedings, I will say this much. I made every possible effort to record and be part of the latest album. Unfortunately, Don took it upon himself to find a new bass player to record on the album because I was unable to drop everything to accommodate his schedule, and I was never even consulted about the summer tour, which in hindsight, appears to be a blessing in disguise. Irrespective, I was still an equal member of the DOKKEN partnership. Given the present state of things, namely, the strange and erratic behavior of the current partners as of late, I feel the name and reputation of the partnership are deeply in jeopardy. Since we were unable to resolve this amicably and settle-up the partnership affairs, it was necessary to file this suit to protect my interests and the integrity of the body of work DOKKEN produced. It's unfair to the fans who are paying good money to see a shell of the former band and then have to tolerate Don's stage antics like in Phoenix, which were an embarrassment to everything we worked so hard to accomplish. It's time to lay the band DOKKEN to rest and move on with our personal projects. This in no way reflects any negativity towards DOKKEN the band/entity or to the incredibly loyal fans who have stuck with us through thick and a lot of thin."