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Lynch Mob/Sumit City Lounge
Whitesburg, Kentucky – August 7, 2015

It was a nearly sold-out show! For legendary guitarist George Lynch, “Mr. Scary,” to greet Whitesburg, Kentucky, with open arms (because the town had done the same thing), that was a lot to say.

But George wasn’t the only one in the spotlight. With Oni Logan in the lead, Sean McNabb on bass, and Jimmy J on drums, they all took turns taking the lead, as four rockin’ hams. Jimmy even took the mic at the beginning of the show, talking about what the popularity of Dokken has meant to him over the years. Oni did the same thing. This, as well as the rest of the show, was centered on one theme: dreams can come true, and we should always have people celebrate with us.

With all of this and more, it didn’t take very long for them to raise the roof. If I had to pick the part that made this happen, it was when they played some blues.

It only allowed the band to be open and liberated with the audience, such as Oni sharing the mic, even going down to the front row to do that, Sean shaking hands and getting up close, and Jimmy being quite the actor in his interactions with the audience and with the band on stage.

Then, what happened? “Into the Fire,” their greatest sing-a-long moment with the audience. Even if someone in the audience didn’t know Dokken that well back in the day, I know they got the bug with that song. The combined energy from the band and the audience was more than enough to make them get that.

“It didn’t take very long for them to raise the roof.”

And there was some serious energy...smokin’ hot fire...coming from Mr. Scary, himself. At the top of my head, I can think of at least four guitar solos he had, no less than two minutes each. After one of them, everyone shouted “George! George! George!”, followed by, “Mr. Scary!”.

Though no one wanted to see this show end, it did in a great way. Two words: “Wicked Sensation.”

I have even better news for you: The show didn’t end there. Without too much coaxing, the band came up on stage for an encore.

They loved Whitesburg so much they feel like they want to come back for another type of “encore”: the shooting of a video.

Julia Pope, HMS

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