Dokken and Lita Ford
Inn of the Mountain Gods trades mullets for glamorous manes and leather pants in March as glam metal stars Dokken and Lita Ford take the stage on Saturday, March 18. Dokken officially formed in 1983 at the onset of what would become known as the glam metal movement. Despite a plethora of lineup changes including the high-profile drama between lead singer Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch, Dokken managed to produce 11 albums, three of which reached platinum certification thanks to the band’s die hard fans.
Dokken found the most success in the mid ‘80s following their debut album “Breaking the Chains” in 1983, which gained the band a cult-like following despite disparaging record sales. Following their debut, Dokken released three platinum albums in a row with 1984’s “Tooth and Nail,” 1985’s “Under Lock and Key,” and 1987’s “Back for the Attack,” which also peaked at no. 13 on the Billboard 200.
Joining Dokken for a special performance March 18 is one of the best female guitarists of all time, Lita Ford. Ford’s career began at a time when women in rock and roll music were often a mere novelty, which may explain the meteoric international success of her first band The Runaways. After disagreements over musical direction with fellow legend Joan Jett, Ford left The Runaways in favor of a solo career in 1980.
Although her debut album, “Out for Blood,” didn’t find commercial success, it allowed Ford the opportunity to truly distance herself from The Runaways and establish her own heavy metal sound and image. Ford carried this sound into her second effort “Dancin’ on the Edge,” which netted her a Grammy nomination in 1984 followed by her third and most successful album “Lita,” which peaked at no. 29 on the Billboard 200. The album earned platinum certification and featured the no.8 single “Close My Eyes Forever,” a duet with Ozzy Osbourne.
Tickets for Dokken and Lita Ford’s March 18 performance start at $30.