Shoot me for saying it, but i think i like what Jon Levin is doing more than what Lynch is doing these days...
I saw that show in LA, Paul Gilbert pretty much cleaned everyones clock that night. Kotzen is a fantastic singer and really didn't go for the shred thing so saying he got smoked isn't quite fair, but George, yeah, he looked uncomfortable and was not on his A gameI agree! The last time I saw Lynch, he was on stage with Richie Kotzen and Paul Gilbert, looking VERY uncomfortable and getting smoked.
I agree, Don was one of rocks greatest voices but a pretty weak frontman the times I saw him with Dokken ,I think thats one reason why Dokken didn`t really break big. His dance routine at 32 seconds in is pretty painful to watchI need to pick up that new Lynch Mob. I just got the new Dokken album "Broken Bones" yesterday and it's really good. I agree-- Levin sounds more like Lynch than Lynch does anymore.
I hate that Don can't get up into the high registers anymore, but after throat surgery and years of smoking, it's taken it's toll. Still, he's one of rock's greatest voices and has earned his place among the greats.
I saw Lynch last summer w/ Lynch Mob (sans Oni, because he flaked literally a couple days before and didn't go on tour w/ Lynch--- Boo!) and George was having a rough night. The singer he had didn't know the songs as well as he should have, and they had a drummer that they picked up in Cleveland or Cincy only a couple nights before, and he was still finding his feet. I felt bad because Lynch was ripping through old Dokken tunes and sounded AMAZING-- better than he has in years, but then the singer or drummer would f$%k things up and George would get that look on his face...
Ok, off to get that new Lynch Mob EP!
I think Levin and Lynch are both playing just fine these days.
George didn't get "smoked" in that Gilbert/Kotzen video, either.....he sounded just fine. Neither of those guys have the vibrato or phrasing of George, no matter how flashy they get.