Talk In The Fast Lane Interview – Jon Levin (Dokken)

In This classic interview from 2017, Guitarist Jon Levin sits down for a chat with the Fast Lane. The talented, guitar master discusses how he got started in Warlock, Playing in Dokken and becoming an Entertainment Attorney. 

Jon Levin was involved with music very early on in life. He began playing piano at age four, trumpet by age seven, and guitar at age nine. Instead of having formal lessons, Levin played along to his favorite musicians including Randy RhoadsEric Clapton and later George Lynch from Dokken, whose place Levin would eventually take. He played in a club band called Devias at age 19 in the Long Island, New York area, and then auditioned for and joined German band Warlock at age 22. When the grunge scene took over in the early 1990s, Levin took a break from being a musician because he wasn’t interested in that type of music. Levin relocated to the West Coast and became an entertainment lawyer. In his capacity as an entertainment lawyer, Jon has served as legal counsel, working with Jim Paidas, of Paidas Management, on a myriad of licensing programs; some of which include Orange County ChoppersDog the Bounty HunterAmerican Hot Rod, and Rockstalgia.


In 1998, Levin was asked by Jeff Pilson, Dokken’s bassist, to play some solos on a demo. He anticipated playing on a solo album for Pilson, but when he arrived at the studio, all of Dokken was present. Levin played on a Dokken track called “Dancin’ (The Irish Song)” which originally was to be included on the Erase the Slate album but instead was later included on the Long Way Home import. However, Levin did not join the group until late 2003. – Via Wikipedia

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