Dokken Live in Arizona
By CrpnDeth, News Contributor
Sunday, December 4, 2005 @ 5:05 PM
Live at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe
As we make our way through the parking lot to the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, I cant
help but notice the absence of people in the parking lot. There are always people running
late, purposely showing up late, or just hanging out. Doesnt seem to be too many
tonight. Even got a descent parking spot for a change.
Whisper Alley was just finishing their set when we got inside. Seemed like a fairly decent
performance for a cover band. The attentiveness of the crowd to the band did seem to be
nothing more than listening to a loud radio in the background. Few of the people in the
front were appreciating the bands energy as well.
Once the lights went down, the crowd roared with approval. Dokken came out roaring. Crowd
favorites Unchain the Night, Dream Warriors, and Kiss of Death started off the
nights set. During each of the songs chorus, the crowd sang back as loud as
the PA. The Hunter, Just Got Lucky, and Alone Again (with an extended intro) followed
And this is where it gets ugly.
Why do badly dressed 45 50 yr old guys find the need to suddenly start doing the
Twist? Complete with a white leather belt! And the funniest part was how badly his
girlfriend wanted to get away. He chased her half way across the floor of the Marquee
before she finally stopped, and he stopped doing the Twist. By then the band stopped
Breaking the Chains and told the crowd that they were done and were leaving. This got
everyones attention. Apparently a fight had broken out in front of the band and they
were not supportive of this behavior. A fight? At a Dokken show? Up front?? Once the crowd
settled down, the band continued with Paris is Burning.
Next up was Too High to Fly. During this tune, Don took a moment to warn of the perils of
drug and alcohol abuse. The concern was appreciated, but it seemed like he went on and on
and on and on and on
ironic that the crowd found this a good time to hit the bar
before the next song.
In between Too High and the speech, the band launched in to a much too long jam/solo
session. While its good to highlight the bands individual talents, most crowds
nowadays would rather have another couple of songs instead.
The remainder of the set list included Its Not Love and Tooth and Nail, both crowd
pleasers and the crowd sang back with every word, often louder than Don.
The number of drunks and just plain idiots tonight was nauseating. One woman
was having her friends carry her out, but she was so big and lifeless they dropped her.
The thud was heard over Dokkens amps (which were suffering from a little feedback
tonight). Im sure shell think its her hangover the next day.
If only she had listened to Dons earlier warning
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