Don Dokken Shares the Story of the Stalker Who Threatened Him With a ‘Big Butcher Knife’
There can be an awfully thin line between "fan" and "would-be assailant." Just ask Don Dokken.
As the Dokken frontman recently told the Washington Times, he's seen some over-the-top fans in his day — none more so than the girl who actually climbed over the top of his fence in order to settle a score.
"I had a stalker in 1992 — this Japanese girl who saved up all her money and came to America. She somehow found my house. I had this place with big old Spanish gates and a 10-foot wall," he explained. "I came home from the studio about 7 in the morning, and this Japanese girl was sitting in my driveway waiting for me with a big butcher knife. She actually scaled the wall."
Confused, Dokken asked the girl what she was doing there, and according to him, "She said, 'You lied to me. You lie to your fans. You have children. You’re married. You say you’re this available bachelor.'"
As Dokken tells it, he had children but wasn't married — not that it made any difference in the moment. "She started coming toward me. I backed out the gate, closed it and jumped in my car [and] ran into a cop car a few blocks away. They went to the house, and she was just sitting there with a butcher knife," he recalled. "They got it away from her, put her in the psych ward and shipped her back to Japan."
In a way, that fan's confused state somewhat mirrors the status of the original Dokken lineup, which he refers to as "kind of fractured right now." With bassist Jeff Pilson committed to Foreigner and guitarist George Lynch continually on the outs with Don, the group seems likely to continue working with a revamped lineup for the foreseeable future — not that they haven't tried getting back together.
"We’ve been talking for years now. The fans have been begging us to get back together. A while back, we all met. What a meeting," he recalled, saying that the group "banged out three brand-new songs" in Pilson's studio, but were ultimately unable to make the scheduling work.
As for the long-running feud between himself and Lynch, Dokken says he figured it out during the band's 1995 tour: "Every time I talked to the audience, he would make these little noises with [his] guitar like a child. I said, 'What is the problem? What can I do to make this work?' He pointed at the 20-foot backdrop hanging behind that read 'Dokken' and said, 'That’s the problem. The name.' It’s my name, but it’s also the band’s name. Nothing you can do about it."
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