Lynch Mob

Guitarist George Lynch auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne before hooking up with Don Dokken to form Dokken in 1980. Throughout that decade, the band's output was lumped in with the kind of hook-laden hard rock that some derisively called "hair metal." But however you viewed that musical milieu or the songs of Dokken specifically, it was always clear that Lynch was a talented player whose rhythmic leads embodied an entire style of guitar rock in the '80s.

After leaving Dokken in 1989, he revamped his entire sound for Lynch Mob, further honing his ability to incorporate tasteful solos in the context of groovy rock songs. Although we're not likely to see a reunion of the classic Dokken lineup any time soon, seeing Lynch on tour with the Mob is a reminder that prowess need not be mired in boring complexity.

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