George Lynch is a guitar hero by anyone’s standards and has been for as long as I remember. He rose to prominence of course as lead shredder for Dokken playing with them through their 80s heyday and again on a few albums when they reunited in the 90s. Lynch has since molded a career by working outside the box and the Dokken formula but now he and Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken bassist) have teamed up with Dokken drummer Mick Brown and the amazing Brian Tichy in a new project called T&N (formerly Tooth and Nail). Their album combines some really great new music with re-recorded Dokken classics featuring guest vocalists and is one of the most talked about end-of -year record releases. I talked with George about everything going on with his many ongoing projects While so much has been written in the past about George being difficult to work with and demanding, it should be noted that he’s easily one of the most laid-back and friendly interviews you could hope to have (As is Don Dokken, which makes the acrimony that much harder to understand).
Legendary Rock Interviews: Hi George, we are set to talk about your new project Tooth and Nail or T&N as it’s officially known. Your former lead singer has been making the rounds in interviews saying the project is already dead in the water so I really wanted to start by having you address that.
George Lynch: Which former lead singer ?? (laughs). There have been a few’.
LRI: True’.. It was Don Dokken.
George: Oh, Don said that. Well, that’s sort of self-evident where that’s coming from, he’s the spinmaster. No, there is no truth to that whatsoever, T&N is very active. We obviously have this record which is finished and released and we are promoting but Jeff, Mick and I are also already working on the second T&N record. We’re pretty far into the second album, we’ve recorded all the Dokken stuff. It will be the same balance of new material and re-worked Dokken stuff as the first record. We’ve got all the Dokken stuff done and have a few new originals written for the second album. We’re going to release the second album next year and release it in the summer and go out and tour heavily to support both releases.
LRI: Were you surprised to hear that Don was going to stop making Don Dokken albums?
George: I hadn’t heard that until just recently but I don’t know’..It’s hard for me to say why people do what they do or say what they say or how they think just like I’m sure it’s hard sometimes for people to understand what i say or do or think. That’s why it’s kind of my job to just shut up and play guitar (laughs). That’s all that really matters and everything else is just superfluous and meant to distract or call attention to oneself or even be a cry for help.
LRI: Is it true that Michael Sweet of Stryper will be the touring singer for T&N when you tour?
George Lynch: Yeah, that was the decision we all collectively came up with, we thought he was really the right choice. Lynch Mob has done quite a few dates with Stryper and we know Michael as a man and he’s just such a wonderful guy which is important at this stage in the game. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way over the years and now it’s to the point where you just wanna work with people who want to work with you and are dedicated, honest, transparent and have a good work ethic. Michael is obviously talented, we all knew that but he is also just a good person who has all of those qualities and architecture and is a solid guy but more importantly his voice is really suited to what we are trying to accomplish live which is to recreate the Dokken stuff faithfully. Jeff’s voice is not necessarily ideal for all of that because he has a bit of a raspier, harder edge which is better suited to the original music that T&N has done, Jeff will do some of the Dokken stuff but then Michael will come in and do some of the material that he’s better at. The other advantage we have with Michael Sweet other than him being just a great human being is that he’s a really good guitar player and really suited to playing the rhythm parts we have which is something we really need collectively in this band and for this material. There’s a lot of guitars on this record and we wanna reproduce the record faithfully. Plus, he’s not a bad lookin guy either!
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