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13th January 2017


********************* 20th January 2017

Last week, in this article, we stated that the classic line-up of Dokken, Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and 'Wild' Mick Brown, would be appearing at Ramblin' Man but we have now been informed by the band that this is not the case. The Dokken line-up at Ramblin' Man will be Don Dokken, Wild Mick Brown, Jon Levin and Chris McCarvill.

Occasionally, reliable sources are not totally reliable and we apologise for any disappointment you may have experienced. Having said that, this current line-up of Dokken is more than worthy of carrying the name and we look forward to welcoming them to England and enjoying what is sure to be a memorable performance by a superb band.


The classic line-up of Dokken, which reunited last year to play what was allegedly "the one and only opportunity for fans to see them play," have been announced for this summer's Ramblin' Man Fair in Maidstone, Kent.

Singer Don Dokken, guitarist George Lynch, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer 'Wild' Mick Brown will play together in England for the first time since 1988 when they were promoting 'Back For The Attack' supporting AC/DC. Last year they undertook a six-date tour of Japan, unoriginally dubbed 'Unleashed In The East' with Don Dokken claiming at the time that it was a one-off.

Don said: "Of course, everybody came out of the woodwork, and they want us to do Sweden Rock, Wacken festivals, M3... people are throwing money at us to do a Dokken reunion in the States and Europe and my answer to everybody is, 'No. It's not gonna happen.'

"I feel bad for my agents, 'cause they're getting bombarded from these offers for us to play these big festivals all over the world as a reunion, but I'm just not interested; I'm sorry, I'm just not. Jeff's busy. He plays like crazy in Foreigner. He's on the road. George is out you know, playing the bars with Lynch Mob so everybody's busy. So I don't see any reason... I can't say, 'We can make all this tons of money...' and we're doing this tour for a lot of money, but I'm doing it to put an exclamation point on a very temporary reunion."

Ramblin' Man organisers have also announced Dutch progmeisters Focus for this year's festival, as well as some bands for the Outlaw Country, Prog In The Park and Groove Ryder stages. They commented:

"As we have so many announcements due over the coming weeks we decided to mix this one up a bit and gently ease you in...

"As you know we are very proud supporting new and up and coming talent here at Ramblin' Man and we look to introduce our ramblers to some artists we believe will be the 'ones to watch in 2017'.

"So without further a do playing the Outlaw Country Stage we would like to introduce all the way from the lone star state bringing a bit of darkness with their brand of goth hillbilly country to Ramblin' Man are Ghoultown they are joined by acoustic Metal country outlaws and Son's Of Anarchy soundtrack legends WhiskeyDick. Finally the rising star of rock'n'roll country and a bit of a TV star, Jessica Lynn.

"On the new 'Groove Ryder' stage all the way from Germany bringing their garage rock to the Ramblin throng are The Picturebooks and they are joined by the UK's very own rising stars, Dirty Thrills. Finally bringing their symphonic prog to the Prog In The Park stage are The Gift."

The third edition of Ramblin' Man Fair will take place on 29th and 30th July at Mote Park, Maidstone, the same venue as the previous two years and if you missed out on those great occasions then make sure you get ticketed up for 2017 right here.

Also on the bill are Saturday headliners ZZ Top, Jared James Nichols, Steve Harris British Lion, Magnum, Joanne Shaw Taylor, The Quireboys, Big Boy Bloater, Dan Baird and Homemade Sin plus many, many more still to be announced.

More Ramblin' Man announcements will follow soon, including who will headline the Main Stage on the Sunday. Deep Purple could still be in the frame, despite headlining Hellfest and also announcing a November 2017 UK tour and Ozzy Osbourne could also be a contender as he will be resuming his solo career after the final Black Sabbath dates in February. Judas Priest could also take the second headlining slot but this is no more than speculation on our part.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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