John Norum Interview
John Norum plays guitar for one of Southern California's most famous singer/songwriters/musicians
- Don Dokken. You may recall John's previous band - "Europe" - of "The Final
Q. Since everyone in Don's band is really a star player, and
could go and join or form another band at anytime - what's holding the Don
Dokken band together?
A. I can just talk for myself. I've been together with Don now for two years.
The music he likes, I like. We lave the same taste. We're great friends. We're
all fighting for the same thing - to make Don's album gold. He opened a lot
of doors for me as a musician. I've been to Eddie Van Halen's house jamming
with him. I was out jamming with Michael Schenker. I know all the people in
the Scorpions. If I hadn't met Don, I wouldn't be able to do these things.
Q. What happened with "Europe?"
A. I did a whole tour with them, in Europe and Japan. “The Final Countdown” album
was like Number One everywhere. That was great, but I was thinking of leaving
that band for the last two years. I was with them because things were just
not working out the way I wanted them to be. The main reason why I left the
band was because the manager they had at the time. He was a very horrible person
to deal with. It was either like going totally nuts or quit the band.
Q. If you had to put Dokken's music in a category, what would
it be? Hard rock, or metal?
A. I don't think this is metal at all actually. I think this is guitar oriented
melodic hard rock. It sounds a lot like the old Dokken stuff I think, because
Don wrote most of the songs on the album. I don't really know what the difference
is between metal and hard rock.
Q. I would imagine a lot of people are envious of the job
you have. Do you ever ask yourself - why me?
A. (Laughs.) Well, sometimes I actually do. It depends on what kind of places
we come to and play. I was with Europe for seven years and I got kind of spoiled
when I was playing with them, 'cause we played in arenas and we had private
places. Sometimes when you get to a little, tiny place, you don't think like
that, I should be lucky, you think the other way.
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