Dokken Prepares To Return To Record Racks

Metal journeymen Dokken continue to soldier on.

The band will release its first album without original guitarist George Lynch next month. "Erase the Slate" is due out on June 15 courtesy of CMC International Records. Lynch's tenuous relationship with the band and frontman Don Dokken finally came to an end in late 1997 when Lynch left the band (see "Lynch Hangs Up Dokken").

As we reported last year, guitarist Reb Beach will be joining frontman Don Dokken, bassist Jeff Pilson, and drummer Mick Brown this time out (see "Dokken, Queensryche Announce New Guitarists"). Beach may be familiar to fans from his work with Winger and Alice Cooper, and he's also played with Chaka Khan, Howard Jones, Twisted Sister, and Roger Daltrey as well as his own Reb Beach Project.

Dokken is expected to hit the road with Beach later this year.