Jeff Pilson Talks Dokken Reunion: ‘I Would Like to See Us Live Up to Our Potential’
It's no secret that bad blood drove Dokken apart near the peak of the band's popularity — or that the lineup's upcoming temporary reunion started with a lucrative offer from a promoter. But bassist Jeff Pilson says money isn't his main motivation for getting back onstage with his former bandmates.
"We are getting well paid, and that's great," Pilson told My Global Mind. "Honestly, I don't really look at it like that, I look at it as getting paid is a nice thing and this is a chance to put a positive spin on a band that got a lot of negative press. So now it's just about going out there and kicking some butt and do a great job. Not to get all caught up in the controversy that we usually get."
That being said, Pilson is aware that this lineup of Dokken has endured more behind-the-scenes drama than many of its peers. And though he admits he doesn't fully understand why it's been difficult for them to stay together, he remains hopeful that even with the limited window of time available to the reunion, they'll be able to take care of some unfinished business.
"Dokken has done a lot of damage to each other and it takes a long time to heal," said Pilson. "I think we're going to be a lot better now. There is no secret that there has been a lot of bad blood over the years and it's tough to get past it. Also, people move on. I'm really happy in Foreigner — it's a great band and I'm happy to be in it. Having said that, we have this opportunity, and I would like to see us live up to our potential that I always felt we had. Let's see what happens and go from there."
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