By the time Dokken's first live album, BEAST FROM THE EAST, hit the record store shelves in time for 1998's holiday season, the hard rocking L.A. quartet was no more. Tensions between guitarist George Lynch and singer Don Dokken had come to a head during the previous summer's MONSTERS OF ROCK tour (in which Dokken played alongside such rock big names as Van Halen, Scorpions, and Metallica), splitting the band asunder after nearly 10 years.
BEAST FROM THE EAST shows that Dokken had become quite a capable live act over the course of four studio albums. All the expected Dokken favorites are included here, as well as a previously unreleased studio track, "Walk Away." Standouts include the guitar solo showcase "Mr. Scary," as well as the melodic rockers "Dream Warriors," "Kiss of Death," "Into the Fire," "It's Not Love," "Alone Again," "Just Got Lucky," and "Breaking the Chains."