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Biography : George Lynch

He's an American hard rock guitarist and songwriter. Lynch is best known for his work with the bands Dokken, Lynch Mob, and Souls of We. He is ranked #68 in "100 greatest guitarists of all time" by Guitar World magazine.

Lynch was born in Spokane, Washington and raised in the small town of Auburn, California. Great White guitarist Mark Kendall claims George started two-hand tapping before Eddie Van Halen did. Twice Lynch auditioned for the position of Ozzy Osbourne's lead guitarist, once in 1979 – losing to Randy Rhoads – and another time in 1982 to replace Brad Gillis. According to Lynch, he was hired for three days before Ozzy changed his mind and decided to go with Jake E. Lee. Lee, however claims that Lynch "got the gig, but only went on the road for two weeks to watch the show, and never actually played with Ozzy." Lynch looks back on the situation positively though; he has said "I won the consolation prize. Randy got to tour with Ozzy...and I got to teach at his mom's school." Lynch played in a late 1970s band called The Boyz, working the Sunset Strip clubs in L.A., alongside some of their contemporaries like Van Halen and Quiet Riot. The Boyz were to play a showcase for Gene Simmons of Kiss and his startup label. Van Halen opened the show and Gene opted not to stay and see The Boyz.

Lynch came to fame in the 1980s through his work as the lead guitarist in the band Dokken (of which he had been a member since 1980). Dokken had a string of successful platinum albums such as Under Lock And Key and Back For The Attack, that prominently featured Lynch's inventive lead guitar work and cemented his reputation as a bonafide guitar hero. The instrumental track "Mr. Scary" on Back For The Attack contributed to his popularity among guitar players. The band earned a Grammy nomination for the Best Metal Performance in 1990.

In spite of the band's popularity, the group parted ways in March 1989 due to internal tensions with lead vocalist Don Dokken. Lynch formed his own hard rock band Lynch Mob which differed from Dokken in lyrical and guitar complexity, subject matter, song structure, and tuning. Lynch then took time off and his wife had a baby girl, Mariah Lynch. After spending a few years with his family he got back to work. In 1993, Lynch released his first solo album, Sacred Groove.

By 1994, after Don Dokken, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown reunited, they decided to try and bring Lynch back into the fold as well for a true reunion of Dokken. Lynch agreed to put all differences aside to give it a go once more. The reunited version of Dokken was signed to the Columbia/Sony label and after extensive writing, released Dysfunctional. Unfortunately the album did not do as well as expected and the band was dropped from the label. Dokken then signed on with CMC International and released an unplugged show the band performed in late 1994 titled One Live Night. By 1996 the band entered the studio and hired producer Kelly Gray. Gray along with Lynch, Pilson and Brown wanted to take Dokken in a new direction to the dismay of vocalist and founder Don Dokken and released Shadowlife which was a complete switch from melodic rock to a more alternative sound. Lynch still found time to appear at guitar clinics for ESP guitars and attend the annual NAMM Show. By 1997, tensions had again flared between Don and Lynch which led to Lynch being let go from Dokken and replaced by former Europe guitarist John Norum, who had played on Don Dokken's solo efforts.

This prompted Lynch to call his former Lynch Mob members Oni Logan, Anthony Esposito and Mick Brown for a reunion of Lynch Mob. The group entered the studio and demo-ed 3 songs (later released as an EP titled SYZYGY). However Logan decided to leave the band to pursue other projects before a full album could be completed. Mick Brown decided to stay with Dokken. George organized a short 13 show U.S. tour for Lynch Mob in 1998 with ex-Badlands front man John West (singer) from N.Y., Anthony Esposito and others.

George himself then decided he wanted to take Lynch Mob in a totally new direction influenced by contemporary bands. The Lynch Mob's radical new look and musical approach attracted a younger audience. In 1999 they released the album "Smoke This". After touring in support of "Smoke This" Lynch decided to put Lynch Mob on hold for a couple years, but not until he toured with Lynch Mob's original singer Oni Logan, L.A. Guns' bassist Chuck Garric, and Bulletboys' drummer Jimmy D'Anda in late 2001. In early 2002 George began working with a producer/engineer named Sean Fodor on the ill fated Microdot project which featured then unknown vocalist London LeGrand. Only a few songs from that "lost" project have ever seen the light of day. "Bulldog Tyranny" on "The Lost Anthology" and 3 other songs George later released as "The Lynch That Stole Riffness" with Robert Mason taking the helm on vocals. Then in late 2002, George Lynch decided to reform Lynch Mob with original bassist Anthony Esposito and the singer from their 2nd album Robert Mason. Lynch Mob then recorded an album of re-recorded classic Lynch songs from Dokken and Lynch Mob albums, updated to a more contemporary (post-2000) approach and sound.

He also formed a project with former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson called 'Lynch/Pilson'- Wicked Underground. In 2003 Lynch formed 'The George Lynch Group' in which he has continued to record and regularly tour. The George Lynch Group performed a marathon, 26 shows in 30 days, including a much talked about feature on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The line-up is: George Lynch - Guitars, Andrew Freeman - Vocals, Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio) - Drums, Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden/Starwood/Legacy) - Bass. The 2005's "Furious George" album is a cover album, including classic rock tunes from ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, AC/DC, and Led Zeppelin.

On May 13, 2008, Let the Truth Be Known was released under the band name Souls of We . It features London LeGrand (vocals), Johnny Chow (bass), and Yael (drums). Despite this new band and new album, in the early fall of 2008 Lynch embarked on a tour with a reformed Lynch Mob featuring original singer Oni Logan, bassist Marco Mendoza and drummer Tommy Aldridge. A new Lynch Mob album, called Smoke and Mirrors, was released in October 2009 with Logan handling lead vocals.

In 2009 Lynch recorded lead and rhythm guitar tracks for seven songs that appear on the debut album of indie rock singer Raven Quinn. The self-titled album was released March 4, 2010.

Lynch toured the spring of 2010 with Souls of We and will spent the summer and winter touring with Lynch Mob. In the summer of 2010 Souls of We changed their line up and were forced to discontinue with the name. Fan members of the Lynch website are being asked to think up a new name as the project itself will be continuing with a new name and musicians.

Also in 2010, he appeared on a tribute album, Siam Shade Tribute, for Japanese rock band Siam Shade.

George currently lives near Los Angeles where he created an instructional guitar website named the Dojo. Lynch also started making in his own hand made "art" guitars which he makes himself at the ESP Guitars USA custom shop facility.

On November 29, 2009, during an encore at a Dokken show at The House of Blues in Anaheim, George Lynch and Jeff Pilson joined Mick Brown and Don Dokken for two songs. The "glory days" line-up being on stage together for the first time in 12 years. In early 2010, Lynch announced a reunion of Dokken's glory days line-up. The announcement was followed by a retraction on February 24. A 2011 Reunion was ruled out in late-2010, when Lynch released a statement on his website claiming that Don did not want the reunion to occur.

T & N was formed from 3/4 of the classic Dokken line-up of Lynch, Jeff Pilson, and Mick Brown. In December 2011, they announced plans for a studio album to be released in 2012. The trio's original name was Tooth and Nail, but due to legal issues with another band having already trademarked the name, Tooth and Nail was shortened to T & N in March 2012. They released the album Slave to the Empire on October 31, 2012.

George has cited Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Jeff Beck and Michael Schenker, along with Eddie Van Halen, Allan Holdsworth, Jan Akkerman, Christopher Parkening, Al Di Meola, Roy Buchanan, Albert King, Frank Marino, Muddy Waters,and Yngwie Malmsteen as being part of his musical influences.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lynch_(musician)