Performing in the second headlining slot on the Rock N America mainstage, Don Dokken and Dokken bring their A game with an hour long set of mainstream 80’s hits and hard/heavy deeper album cuts in a headlining worthy performance.
Formed in the late 70’s by Don Dokken and Mick Brown, Dokken achieved commercial success in the early to mid 80’s with its classic lineup of Don Dokken, George Lynch, Mick Brown, and Jeff Pilson. While the band went separate ways in the late 80’s they continued to record and perform in various incarnations amongst their individual solo projects throughout the 90’s and beyond. The introduction of guitarist Jon Levin in 2003 brought the classic Dokken sound and signature solos back to the band as they perform regularly on the festival and larger touring circuits. The Rock N America lineup of Don Dokken, Sean Mcnabb, BJ Zampa, and Jon Levin is a lethal combination that I hope continues even while rumors persist of a classic lineup reunion.
Dokken’s Rock N America mainstage performance began 30 mins prior to dusk providing for a nice blend of ambient and stage lighting throughout the first 3 songs of their set. The band was in particularly good spirits this night with Don Dokken, Jon Levin, and Sean Mcnabb each spending stage front time mugging for the media which is always welcomed. Jon Levin in particular remains one of my favorite guitarists to shoot as his stage presence, mannerisms, and direct eye contact provide for great photo opportunities. Exposures were quite consistent throughout the set at 1/320 F2.8 ISO1600-3200 which falls well into the sweet spot of the NIkon D700’s which hit the pit with their 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 companions.