’80s chart-toppers Dokken and Warrant rock Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Oct. 14
From a press release:
Tickets, which are $28 in advance or $33 the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.
Dokken is a heavy metal and hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1978, splitting up in 1989 but reforming four years later. The group accumulated numerous charting singles, including “Alone Again,” “In My Dreams,” and “Burning Like a Flame,” and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Nominated for a Grammy in 1989, the band currently consists of founding members Don Dokken on vocals and “Wild” Mick Brown on drums with Jon Levin on guitar and Chris McCarvill on bass.
In 2008, Dokken released their first studio album in four years titled “Lightning Strikes Again,” which was met with increased commercial success and became the band’s highest charting album in 13 years, debuting at No. 133 in the United States. The album was a return to the band’s signature sound, and the songs follow the classic Dokken formula.
Don Dokken told interviewers that Jon Levin was the bandmate who wanted the band to make an album with the classic sound in mind, and remarked that the process was difficult, saying, “I had to get back in that mindset. This is what the fans wanted and, if I stay focused on that, I would give them a straight-ahead Dokken record.”
Since then, Dokken have toured extensively with Mick Brown back on drums (BJ Zampa filled in on drums when Brown was busy touring with Ted Nugent). In 2010, the band opened for the Scorpions on select dates of their U.S. tour and released “Greatest Hits,” a collection of re-recorded songs from their ’80’s albums with two new tracks.
In 2012, Dokken followed up “Lightning Strikes Again” with the hard hitting “Broken Bones.” This album showed growth from the band musically while incorporating the classic sound from the band’s past as well as their previous album.
The road that Dokken has traveled has been long and complicated, but there is no end in sight as they continue to tour and rock the world with their brand of driving heavy metal.
At its core, Warrant is an American rock band through and through. Hitting it big in 1989, the Hollywood, California-based band rose through the ranks of the local Sunset Strip scene to the level of multi-platinum selling, chart-topping success.
The band first came into the national spotlight with their debut album, “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich.” This album produced radio and MTV chart toppers “Down Boys,” “Sometimes She Cries,” and the massive hit “Heaven,” which reached No. 1 in Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in a row. The single “Heaven” enjoyed gold sales, and the album went platinum in Canada as well, eventually selling over three million copies. The band toured the globe, performing 262 shows in support of DRFSR and closed the year with a platinum home video.
Warrant’s sophomore album, “Cherry Pie,” was released in September of 1990 and spawned the MTV and radio hits “Cherry Pie,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “I Saw Red,” which all reached the Top 10 in the United States and went on to sell three million copies, reaching platinum sales in Canada and Australia. The band played 200 shows in support of “Cherry Pie” and finished the tour headlining sheds all over the U.S.; it ended up being one of the top grossing tours of 1991. Over the course of their career, Warrant has sold over 10 million albums worldwide. The song “Cherry Pie” has taken on a pop culture life of its own, being featured in countless movies, TV shows, commercials, and the hugely popular video game “Guitar Hero II.”
Warrant’s signature style of rock music is very catchy and yet very melodic and remains the band’s signature sound today. In 2008, Robert Mason replaced the late Jani Lane as lead vocalist, joining the other four original members – Jerry Dixon, Steven Sweet, Joey Allen, and Erik Turner. Their last album, “Rockaholic,” released through Frontiers Records in 2011 and produced by the Grammy winner Keith Olsen, has been highly regarded in reviews and embraced by fans, peaking at No. 22 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart.
Warrant will continue headlining festivals, casinos, and fairs all over the country in support of their latest CD, “Louder Harder Faster,” while playing all the hits fans know and love.
This post was compiled by the staff of NEPA Scene.