Tag Archives: Don Dokken

SCORPIONS – BLACKOUT – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1982 to the eighth album by the Scorpions called “Blackout” released on EMI Records in Germany and Mercury Records in the USA.

During the recording of the album, vocalist Klaus Meine had lost his voice and had to undergo surgery on his vocal cords. Unsure if he would be able to complete the recording of the album, the band recorded demos with Don Dokken but the tracks didn’t end up being used. The album cover which depicts Rudolf Schenker portraying artist Gottfried Helnwein’s self portrait of a screaming bandaged man blinded by forks has made this one of the more popular Scorpions t-shirts to date.

The lineup for the Blackout album includes: Klaus Meine – vocals, Matthias Jabs and Rudolf Schenker – guitars, Francis Buchholz – bass and Herman Rarebell – drums. The album has been certified both gold and platinum and reached #10 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1982.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “NO ONE LIKE YOU”

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE VOCALIST?

Hey Metalheads! Happy Thursday! Hope you’re having a great holiday week so far. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite vocalist. Each week I’ll choose two classic singers and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite vocalist. Last week it was Don Dokken vs. Bret Michaels. My choice:

DON DOKKEN

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Here are this week’s choices:

ALICE COOPER

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VS.

GLENN DANZIG

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I look forward to reading your responses and let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE VOCALIST?

Hey Metalheads! Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re having a great week so far. This month I want to hear from you guys on your favorite vocalist. Each week I’ll choose two classic singers and please let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

Thanks to everyone who voted on their favorite vocalist. Last week it was Joe Elliott vs. Jon Bon Jovi. My choice:

JOE ELLIOTT

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Here are this week’s choices:

DON DOKKEN

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VS.

BRET MICHAELS

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I look forward to reading your responses and let me know in the comments below who your favorite is and which lineup you like best. Also, don’t forget to visit us The Metal Wire on Facebook and on Instagram (the_metal_wire). Have a METAL week! Horns up!

 

DOKKEN – DREAM WARRIORS – METAL REWIND

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Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you all had a great week. Continuing on with our Halloween themed month, today we take a trip back to 1987 for the track “Dream Warriors from the Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors movie which also appeared on the band’s fouth album “Back For The Attack.”

The video for the song intertwined clips from the movie along with the band performing. Freddy Krueger, portrayed by actor Robert Englund and Patricia Arquette, who plays Kristin in the movie, also make appearances in the video tying the video storyline together.

The song reached #22 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and was a staple on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and the “Back For The Attack” is the band’s best-selling album to date.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW AND HOW DOKKEN SAVES THE DAY!

SCORPIONS – BLACKOUT – METAL REWIND

scorpions1984

Today we take a trip back to 1982 to the eighth album by the Scorpions called “Blackout” released on EMI Records in Germany and Mercury Records in the USA.

During the recording of the album, vocalist Klaus Meine had lost his voice and had to undergo surgery on his vocal cords. Unsure if he would be able to complete the recording of the album, the band recorded demos with Don Dokken but the tracks didn’t end up being used. The album cover which depicts Rudolf Schenker portraying artist Gottfried Helnwein’s self portrait of a screaming bandaged man blinded by forks has made this one of the more popular Scorpions t-shirts to date.

The lineup for the Blackout album includes: Klaus Meine – vocals, Matthias Jabs and Rudolf Schenker – guitars, Francis Buchholz – bass and Herman Rarebell – drums. The album has been certified both gold and platinum and reached #10 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1982.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW FOR “NO ONE LIKE YOU”

DOKKEN – ALONE AGAIN

Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Today we’re continuing our trip back in time to the metal power ballads that either we loved or hated. Let me know what some of yours are and I’ll feature them in a future post.

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L to R: Jeff Pilson, Don Dokken, George Lynch and Mick Brown

Pictures courtesy of wallpaperup.com 

Featured image courtesy of jerrygonzalezart.com

For today’s power ballad, we take a trip back to 1985 to a track off Dokken’s second album “Tooth and Nail” called “Alone Again.” The song chronicles the hurt and depression after a romantic breakup. When asked about the song, singer Don Dokken said that he had written the song when he was 25 but had put it in a box and forgot about it. When the band were working on the “Tooth and Nail” album, their record label had mentioned that power ballads were the next big thing at that time, so Don brought the tape to the studio and along with bassist Jeff Pilson “Alone Again” was born.

The song became the band’s biggest hit and the video was played in heavy rotation on MTV. Shot mostly in black and white, the video shows the band in concert and cuts to Don in his hotel room alone after their shows dealing with the pain of the breakup. See the classic video below: