Fan-filmed video footage of DOKKEN's October 12 performance at The Canyon in Agoura Hills, California can be seen below.As with all of DOKKEN's recent gigs, DOKKEN's longtime member "Wild" Mick Brown did not perform with his bandmates in Agoura Hills.Don Dokken recently told "The Classic Metal Show" that Mick was "done" playing drums. "He's retiring, basically," he said."People don't realize, if anybody in the band — guitar player, singer, bass player… Singers lose their voice; bass players, whatever, get carpal tunnel, but a drummer, he's got the hardest gig in the band," Don explained. "And I told Mick years ago — years ago I told Mick — I said, 'Mick, you need to take it easy on the drums. You hit too hard. You're like John Bonham.' Anybody who's seen Mick knows he beats the hell out of those drums. And I said, 'Mick, just take it easy and just hit 'em softer and don't kill yourself.' And he said, 'I don't know how to play the drums any other way. I go out there and I just go for it and pound the drums as hard as I can. I don't know how to play like a jazz drummer. I'm a rock drummer.'"DOKKEN is currently working on material on a new studio album, tentatively due in 2020 via Silver Lining Music, the label owned by Thomas Jensen, one of the founders of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival. It will mark the group's first disc since 2012's "Broken Bones".
Former FLYLEAF vocalist Lacey Sturm recently spoke with Brandon Woolum of CCM Magazine. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).On filling in for SKILLET drummer/vocalist Jen Ledger during the band's recent tour with BREAKING BENJAMIN:Lacey: "It was weird. I have a 14-month-old baby, and I haven't really been touring since I had him. The guys in SKILLET, me and Korey [Cooper] have written a lot together. We've toured a couple times. We're really good friends behind the scenes. I think they're really cool people, and we have a lot in common that not a lot of people do, like touring with children and being Christians in the mainstream and playing heavy rock festivals. Jen started her band LEDGER and booked some dates, and there came this opportunity to tour with BREAKING BENJAMIN for SKILLET. Jen was, like, 'I would never think they would do those dates without me, but if anybody's going to do it, I'm so happy it's you.' I'm just so thankful that I get to be a part of what they're doing. I love SKILLET as people. I love their music. My kids listen to their music all the time in the house. They're huge SKILLET fans. They don't even think I'm that cool, but when they found out I was playing with John 'Doggy' [Cooper], they're like, 'What?' They became fans of me after that. [Laughs]"On her ongoing devotional series:Lacey: "It was burning in my soul to address some things that are so simple about what it means to walk out your Christian life. So many people would tell me the story of how when they were at a show or a concert, something came over them without me talking directly and giving an altar call or anything like that. They would just say, 'Something came over me, and I just knew there was a God and I knew I needed to give my life to Jesus.' That's exactly what we prayed for before the show – people that don't know which way is up or that feel that lost sense and that are anxious or struggling with depression or suicide, things that I walked through, that they would have an encounter with God like I had an encounter with God... As I see these people and see them online and wrote 'The Reason' and a couple books about stuff, I just remember thinking, 'There's a lot of stuff out there about how much God loves us, but there's not a lot out there about what does it mean [and] to look like to love God back.' For the audience that we have, they need to know that God loves them, but they also need to know that there's actually a response that happens that can change your life. The thing that got through me depression even after I became a Christian, and suicidal moments even after I became a Christian, was learning how to read the Bible every day, in the morning and at night. It changed my life. I was hungry for it, because I was such a smart-aleck atheist before... I was like, 'How can I show people that this will change your life?' I thought, 'We'll make a devotional that's a video,' so you can just push play, and then they can have the Bible word for word — somebody looking you in the eye and saying it to you. We look in the camera and say it like somebody's telling you a story, or like somebody's talking to you. That was really important to me, because I seem to remember things better when somebody's looking me in the eye... It's less about me and what I have to say. It's more about you learning how to have a time with God every day, and how that changes your life."On the challenges of playing to audiences featuring a mix of believers and secular fans:Lacey: "I just remember who I am. I guess I try to just be myself. I have this philosophy when I look at anyone, anywhere in their life journey and I ask God to help me see them the way He sees them. A lot of times, I think when you ask for that, you start to see something more than even what the person sees in themselves. Just talking to them as if they're that person makes you free to not have to try to tiptoe around anything. You just get to be free to be yourself and free to honor them for God sees them as — this person for whom Christ died. To be able to just come with honor and connection over the things we struggle with, that's just fascinating – looking at them as fascinating works of God's art. It makes it easy."On her future plans:Lacey: "There's definitely things we're thinking about, like a new album. There's been talk about starting a band with the singer from BREAKING BENJAMIN, Ben Burnley. That's exciting... I saw Ben and his wife on the road, and we had a conversation. I actually showed him 'Reflect Love Back', the soundtrack, the acoustic album, and he loved it. Then he talked with me about singing on his acoustic album, which just came out — singing on 'Dear Agony', which I think is one of their best songs... when I listened to the lyrics, I just was like, 'This is Jesus in the Garden,' and I just started crying. That's how I knew I should do it. When I was in the studio with Ben, I was like, 'Let me tell you about your song.' He goes, 'Are you going to preach to me?' I'm like, 'Do you want me to preach to you?' He's, like, 'Yeah.' I'm like, 'No, I'm not going to preach to you. You preached to me. Let me show you the lyrics in your song,' and I went through the lyrics and showed him what it said to me. He goes, 'How'd you turn my rock song into a Jesus song?'"Sturm left FLYLEAF — a group with which she recorded three albums — in 2012. Since then, she has released two solo albums — 2016's "Life Screams" and this year's "Reflect Love Back: Soundtrack Vol. 1" (written and recorded by Lacey and Josh Sturm as a soundtrack for a 12-week video series, "Reflect Love Back") — and authored three books.
Longtime MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell recently spoke with Andrew McKaysmith of the "Scars And Guitars" podcast about his soon-to-be-released debut solo album, "Old Lions Still Roar". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).On "Old Lions Still Roar":Phil: "I wouldn't say [it was] 20 years in the making, but 20 years I've been yearning to do a solo album. Since MOTÖRHEAD, sadly, finished, I've had more time to think about [it] and to knuckle down and everything. I probably started the first recording of it about two and a half, three years ago. I wanted to make an album where I branched out a little bit. I've had some of the ideas — one or two of them — for, like, 10 or 12 years, and some not so long. Some are brand new. I just didn't want to do an album sounding like MOTÖRHEAD. I've done 20-odd albums like that."On the album's guest stars, which include Alice Cooper, Mick Mars, Joe Satriani, Danko Jones, Dee Snider and Rob Halford:Phil: "I couldn't believe the incredible players that spent some time on the record for me. I'm the luckiest guy in the world in that respect. Mega talent all the way through it, helping me out when I needed help. I've got no complaints whatsoever... Everyone did a fantastic job. I think I did really well on putting people [and] having ideas of who would be great for a certain song... All these people that I tried to put in certain songs and I had ideas for out of the blue would sound good, they all did amazingly well, because they went for the good of the song. So many players these days just play for themselves, and it's got fuck-all to do with the song. They just want to show off, but these people did amazingly well. I'm really pleased in that way... There's a great art in actually playing for the good of the song... You can ruin the song if the bassist hasn't got his shit together. A good song can be ruined. That's the foundation for the track, and it gives it a groove. If that's all gone to pot, a bloody good song can be passed by."On Benji Webbe (SKINDRED), who sings on the song "Dead Roses":Phil: "He's from Newport, [Wales], about 15 miles from where I live. I don't think anyone's heard Benji sing like that before. I don't think he had, either. He came down to the studio, and I think he was surprised and really pleased at how it out. He's got a remarkable voice. It's fantastic. His tone changes in the same note... like [a] Glenn Hughes sort of thing."On MOTÖRHEAD's shadow:Phil: "We still play 'Ace Of Spades' and one or twoMOTÖRHEAD songs. I enjoy playing them. They go down well. We play lots of our own stuff as well. Some people, they don't even bother to read the writing credits of the MOTÖRHEAD stuff. They just think it's Lemmy's thing. That kind of pisses me off. A lot of people seem to think that way... A few times I've said to people, 'Read the writing credits.' You can only take so much sometimes. [Laughs] It depends on what mood you get in, but I know what all the other bandmembers have contributed. It was a proper band effort... We all worked hard with that band. Everyone was working their asses off.""Old Lions Still Roar" will be released on October 25 via Nuclear Blast.