By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent
Venue: The State Theatre, St. Petersburg, Florida–December 14, 2017
Since 1979 the name “Dokken” has been associated with a hard rock/heavy metal sound and many famous international bands. Current and former members have worked in or with The Scorpions, Thin Lizzy, Great White, Quiet Riot, Judas Priest, Dio, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Kiss, Van Halen, Metallica, Whitesnake, Kingdom Come, and more – the list of musicians involved with the band reads like a “Who’s Who” of rock and metal. Through it all, the band has retained Don Dokken (Vocals) and “Wild” Mick Brown (Drums), adding Chris McCarvill (Bass) and Jon Levin (Guitars) – although Jon wasn’t on this tour, his strings being filled by Ira Black, who has also played with I Am Morbid, Westfield Massacre, Metal Church, Vicious Rumors, Heathen, and Lizzy Borden.
When not in custody, I've been involved with music, photography, and writing my entire life. Ever since I was a young boy and played those silver tunes, I've had the beat, but being a drummer didn't suit me so I became a lead singer, which lasted a few years. Settling down, sort of, I translated my knowledge of audio and glib tongue into mobile emcee work, and my training as a photographer and videographer into a living in the wedding, party, bar/bat mitzvah, and entertainment industry. During this time I also managed to bamboozle my way into a master's degree in writing, worked for a couple of magazines (yes, I took photos for a nudist magazine!), have photographed hotels, done commercial work (shot the cover of Tablet and Capsule magazine), published a few articles, hosted some public access shows (a couple times in drag, but that's another story), and generally made a nuisance of myself until I landed here.
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