George Lynch Resents And Empathizes With Mick Brown’s Self-Isolation
Rock ‘n’ roll rollercoaster meets a bump in the road; George Lynch gave insight on the possibility, or should we say the non-possibility, of a Dokken reunion in a recent interview with VintageRock Podcast. The guitarist shared his thoughts on the matter, shedding light on the dynamic between him, Mick Brown, and the rest of the band. It seems that old friendships and long-standing connections may not be enough to breathe new life into Dokken any time soon.
Like a well-tuned guitar, Dokken once harmonized as a quartet, each member playing their part in the symphony of rock. However, tensions and time have taken their toll, with Mick’s retirement throwing a wrench into the works. The drummer’s decision to step back from the world of music for his mental and physical health has left the door to a reunion hanging on a single hinge.
Lynch expressed his views on Brown’s retirement and the impact it has had on their relationship and the potential for a Dokken reunion. Mick’s decision to retire and disconnect from the music world marked a turning point for the band, and although George recognized and respected his long-time friend’s need for space and well-being, he couldn’t help but feel a sense of loss as their decades-long friendship and collaboration seems to have reached a standstill.
George Lynch’s answer when asked about a possible Dokken reunion follows:
“No. The short-version answer is no. The reason is, for one, Mick has retired. He sold his drums, got rid of his drums. He doesn’t play anymore. Maybe he goes and jams here and there. And for his own mental and physical health, he’s just kind of disconnected from the whole world, and he doesn’t return our calls. That’s okay.
I think that’s probably what he needed to do, and I respect that. It’s sad in a way because we were friends for decades and built something together; we came up together. It was Mick and I before anybody else — before Jeff or Don. I would love to still be friends with him and maintain a relationship, but that’s all right.”
Like a fading guitar riff, the prospect of a Dokken reunion seems to be slipping away with every passing day. The deep bond between Lynch and Brown may not be enough to overcome the drummer’s decision to walk away from what they have built together, but it also underscores the undeniable truth that personal well-being must come first, even at the expense of a much-anticipated reunion.