The End Machine's George Lynch: "I’ve learned to be open to new things"

[from left] Jeff Pilson, Mick Brown, Robert Mason and George Lynch (Image credit: Alex Solca)

Over the past few years, George Lynch has reunited with his Dokken band mates on various occasions for live shows. But the closest that fans of that band might get to hearing them back together on record would be to pick up the new self-titled debut album from the End Machine, which finds Lynch reunited with former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson (currently with Foreigner) and drummer Mick Brown, who continues to play with Dokken to this day. Explains Lynch, “Jeff [Pilson] and I have remained close ever since the Dokken years, and that writing chemistry we had back then is still alive. And we like to feed it and collaborate. So over the decades we’ve done a few projects together, including things like Lynch/Pilson [which released Wicked Underground in 2003] and T&N [which released Slave to the Empire in 2012]. And now we’ve got the End Machine, which is another effort toward fine-tuning our approach.” Though, he admits with a laugh, “it’s all sort of Dokken-esque.”

Indeed, Lynch reveals that at one point he and Pilson went so far as to reach out to singer Don Dokken to contribute to the new material and make The End Machine a full-blown Dokken reunion record. When that didn’t pan out, the band recruited current Warrant vocalist Robert Mason, which, Lynch says, “was a real coup for us, because he’s a ridiculously wonderful singer, and he did an amazing job.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.