Don Dokken On Whether The Dokken Biopic Will Hide The ‘Inside Drama’
In a recent interview with Steve Mascord of White Line Fever, Don Dokken revealed information on the film Netflix is making about Dokken. He was asked if the Dokken documentary would cover any of the drama and problems within the band that eventually led to the break-up of the classic line-up. Providing insights about the process that will lead to their separation in Dokker, he said:
“I don’t know. I really, really am in the dark. I told them. Yeah, I mean, it was probably the main reason Dokken broke up, because you’ve got three guys doing massive coke. I don’t do coke. So I was kind of the odd man out. A lot of drinking, a lot of partying. And actually I was getting down ’cause we were getting so close to like being at the top, being a headliner band, and then I just couldn’t save the band. I couldn’t save it. It was depressing.”
Dokker then went on to cite Metallica’s past problems within the band as an example:
“You start a band, you work your ass off your whole life playing bars and backyards, and then you’re trying to keep yourself going. I mean, you look at Metallica‘s movie, when they made the (‘St. Anger’) album, look, they almost didn’t make it. They had a therapist, that movie, a therapist in the studio every day. ‘Some Kind Of Monster.’ And they actually showed a therapist talking to them and they’re arguing, and then Jason Newsted left the band, and they laid it all out there.”
So we don’t exactly know whether the Dokken documentary will cover the inside problems or not.
Don Dokken On The Differences Of Dokken Members
Dokken does not recall the troubled times of the band in a positive way. In another interview with Classic Guitar a few months ago, when asked if the tension within the band could be good, he answered:
“Who wants to be stressed out in their career? There’s a difference between tension and competitiveness. With Dokken it wasn’t tension, the problem was mostly drug abuse, which I wasn’t into.”
In an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, bassist Jeff Pilson, one of the first original members to leave the band, said the following about the period Dokken also complained about:
“There were a lot of drugs happening by this point, and it was just not a very healthy scenario. There was a lot of dissension going on in general, and in the recording studio it wasn’t much better.”
Dokken has 19 past members. Pilson is only one of them. He put up with it all until 1983 and then left the band.
You can watch Dokken’s full interview below.