Ratt and Dokken - Celebrity Theatre - 5/9/2013

Ratt and Dokken (view the full slideshow.)
Celebrity Theatre
May 9, 2013

The '80s paid a visit to the Celebrity Theatre Thursday night, when hair metal rockers Dokken and Ratt hit the Valley for a night full of Aquanet-infused anthems. Dokken might be one of the most underrated '80s bands still standing; their first four releases, including the gritty Tooth and Nail, have long been overlooked. In reality, original guitarist George Lynch could hold his own against most of the other players in the genre, and musically Dokken didn't have as much fluff as some of their contemporaries.

Unfortunately, the original lineup is all but gone -- the show really should have been billed Don Dokken and Ratt, since the singer is the only original member left. Don would probably fire back that guitarist Jon Levin has been in the band for the past 10 years, but it's still not the same watching him play Lynch's solos. Meanwhile, drummer Mick Brown has been in and out of the band for years; while he still plays with them occasionally, he spends most of his time on the road with Ted Nugent.

Details aside, one thing remains the same: Dokken still rhymes with rockin'. So how much rockin' went down last night?

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Jim Louvau
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