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Guitarist George Lynch rose to fame in the 80's as a member of Dokken and then had enjoyed success with Lynch Mob, Lynch/Pilson (formed with fellow ex-Dokken member Jeff Pilson) and a successful solo career.

1. What are you currently up to?

Lynch Mob has been touring and will continue to but we missed the summer because our singer, Robert Mason, was involved in a very bad motorcycle accident. I'm gearing up for another recording project as well. The songs have been starting to flow again and I've rediscovered my enthusiasm for playing guitar again. I've been buying up old Marshall amps and cabs and cool old funky pedals and effects. Tech stuff drives a lot of us guitar players.

2. What has been the highlight(s) and lowpoints(s) of your career to date?

Your perception of highlight's and low points changes with time. When I remember back to a lot of the difficult experiences we had to endure in our younger days coming up through the ranks, I forget how miserable we actually were at the time! Being away from your family for long periods of time is never pleasant. That's probably the worst thing. The highlight in my career is the elation you experience on the ride up to the top and all the money, fame and freedom to express yourself musically without having to fight the world to get your music heard. The low point is realizing it's over.

3. Lynch/Pilson - What are your personal highlights on the new album?

'Ever Higher'is my personal favorite track. Beyond the fact that I just personally love the song itself; the dynamics and the arrangement, the way it unfolds; that song will always remind of a period of time in my life. My Daughter, Mariah and I were living in a little desert town in Arizona and I was coming up with what was the basis of that song at the time. I would play it for Mariah a lot on an acoustic guitar before she went to sleep and I think more than anything it was therapeutic for both of us.

Recording the LP record was a difficult but really rewarding experience. I know Jeff and I had some differences but we got past every one of those obstacles. The record took over a year and a half of our lives and is a reflection of a lot of the trials we are all going through at that time.

4. How has your guitar playing evolved over the years? Do you hear your style in any modern guitarists at all?

My playing preferences change like the wind although, I'm sure there's a current of continuity that runs through it. I don't look at my playing as an evolutionary process. The harder you try and escape who and what you are the more change eludes you. Change is a natural process that will occur unconsciously. I just try and surround myself in the things that matter most to me and I'm sure those elements will find their way into he music that I create.

I don't hear any of my influence in younger players. I am definitely emulating them. I am always listening. I get just excited about a new cool band or player as I did when I was young and discovering guys like Jeff Beck!

5. What are Lynch Mob future plans? Will there be any European tour dates to support the Revolution release in Europe?

We will probably record a new original CD at some point. There are no real plans to tour Europe for us at this moment. It would be very exciting to go there after all these years but we have to wait for the right opportunity.


6. In interviews Jeff Pilson, and Don Dokken all speak about your departure from Dokken. Would there ever be any chance of you and Jeff returning to Dokken, or is that out of the question? What was your fondest memory of your time in Dokken?

Jeff just finished completely severing ties with Dokken so I don't see him going back anytime soon. Mick has expressed never wanting to be involved with me so I don't see much hope in that ever happening. Also, I would never be interested in promoting something I'm not invested in which would preclude any one-off event or temporary reunion just to make everyone a few dollars.

7. Any chance to see a release of the Lynch Mob demos featuring Glenn Hughes?

As far as I know, sadly, I believe our producer at the time; Keith Olsen had those tracks erased. There was a lot of magic that went away when he did that.

8. How did you first get into the music business? Who have been your main influences on your career to date?

Well, I started out doing the high school band thing and that just kept developing. I started out building a reputation as a player to contend with in my neighborhood. We had a band called'Tungus Grump' and every back yard party or high school dance or battle of the band we played was a war. From there I formed'The Boyz' and we did the LA/Hollywood circuit and developed a following and a reputation.

We had a string of managers and opportunities but it wasn't until I met up with Don that we achieved any real success. Don's ability to lie cheat and steal from anyone has served him (and me) very well. I just wouldn't want to be him. I wouldn't like myself very much and, to me. It's not worth trading your soul for something as disposable and unsatisfying as material success.

9. What do you do in your spare time outside of music?

I have 4 beautiful children and 3 grandkids. I love being with my kids and watching them grow up, sharing the good times and just trying to be they're for them when the inevitable tough times hit them. My oldest boy, Sean, is going to GIT in Hollywood. He's very close to having his Master degree in chemical engineering and securing a great position with a very large company but he decided to take a sabbatical and pursue his love of guitar. He didn't want any regrets of lost opportunities in his life so he did a very courageous thing and moved his family across the country and took a leap of faith.

I read a lot and I escape a lot. I love taking off on my Harley and getting lost in the desert. The desert is where my heart is and one of my bigger dreams in life is to build an Earth ship in New Mexico. It will a have a solar powered studio built into a couple of old Airstream trailers bermed into the side of a mountain. Once a year I'll record a record, send it to the label via satellite so I can pay my bills then hop on my Harley and ride over the reservation, hang out with my Indian friends doing peyote and playing guitar around the fire.


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