In two weeks - September 25, Dokken will release their 11th studio record, Broken Bones. Although the band's previous record, 2008's Lightning Strikes Again, revisited their classic '80s sound, the new album finds the group honing in on their heavier side of their attack.
A veteran of the bloated recording budgets of the '80s, vocalist Don Dokken says he went the DIY route this time out: "Jon [Levin, Dokken guitarist] lives 5 minutes from me. We both live on Sunset Boulevard. I live up in the mountains and have no neighbors. It's great because I don't have to bother anyone that way. I have a guest house that we turned into our recording studio. Broken Bones is the first album ever recorded there," says the front-man.
But don't pick up Broken Bones expecting some stripped down affair. The record sounds just as big – if not bigger – as Dokken's most celebrated records. "I've heard a lot of albums in the past few years where I can immediately tell they were made on Pro-Tools. This new record definitely doesn't feel like that. You just have to have ears. I also kept some analog stuff for my home studio. I totally believe in the old analog equipment.
"We actually recorded the drums at Tommy Lee's home studio since Motley Crue was out doing some shows. He's got a beautiful setup there. Jon even tracked some of his guitars in his own house, in his bedroom. Back in the '80s, if you would have told the record company that you were recording guitars in someone's bedroom, they would have thought you were crazy."