GuitarWorld.com: What’s the genesis of the T&N project?
George: Initially, Jeff [Pilson] and I were writing for what we thought would be the new LYNCH MOB record, but it turned out not to be a “LYNCH MOB” kind of album. Instead, we decided to turn lemons into lemonade and do our own record. One of things we wanted to do was make a concerted effort to make the connection between our DOKKEN legacy and our newer writing efforts by combining classic DOKKEN songs alongside our newer compositions.
GuitarWorld.com: What was it like revisiting the DOKKEN material again?
George: It was a little surreal recording those songs again with the same guys. It was also a lot of fun. We were so comfortable with the material, having all been playing it on and off for years. We felt that we could liven the music up and bring new life to it.
GuitarWorld.com: Are there plans to tour with T&N?
George: We’re not going to tour together as a band most likely until next fall, upon the release of the second record. The next record is about half done. All of the DOKKEN material has been recorded. We just have to finish writing the new original material.
GuitarWorld.com: What DOKKEN songs can fans expect on the next album?
George: Songs like “When Heaven Comes Down”, “Til The Livin’ End” and “Just Got Lucky”. “Just Got Lucky” actually ended up being insane. The latest plan is to have Sass Jordan, a wonderful Canadian female vocalist, singing it. She has a very soulful and gritty voice. It’s just beautiful. A wonderful rendition of the song.
GuitarWorld.com: What other projects are you working on?
George: Right now, I’m working on a record with the drummer from KORN [Ray Luzier] and the singer from KING’S X [Doug Pinnick]. A still-unnamed project, but we’ve started writing and will be working on that through the middle of December. The other thing that consumes most of my time is my movie project (and band) called “Shadow Train”. We’re doing a lot of filming, playing and working on a soundtrack/record. The film deals with a lot of political and human nature issues and history. I’m working with a lot of really great people, including Mark McLaughlin (a producer from PBS and the Documentary channel) and Vincent Nicastro, who made another Native American themed documentary called “The Blue-Eyed Indian”. There are a lot of guests on it: street poets, political thinkers and speakers. People from the native community including medicine men and shamans. It’s a powerful, nerve-hitting film. We’re all driven by passion.
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