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In January 2024, Lynch Mob kicked off their The Final Ride farewell tour, celebrating the band's 35-year legacy.  They made a stop at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Easter Sunday March 31 to say thank you and farewell to the South Orange County fanbase. In October 2023, George Lynch stated "After 35 years since the inception of Lynch Mob, I feel the time is right to let this chapter of my musical life fade off into the sunset.

The band hit the stage early on this night at 8:00pm and played a blistering 90-minute set that highlighted all the Lynch Mob hits as well as select Dokken classics. The current band consists of vocalist Gabriel Colón, Jaron Gulino on bass, long time drummer Jimmy D’Anda and of course Mr. Scary himself George Lynch. The band opened with "Lightnin' Strikes Again" from the Dokken album Under Lock and Key then into the Lynch Mob classic “River of Love”.

Lynch wore an Eddie Van Halen baseball cap for several songs as a tribute to the late axeman (who was without a doubt one of the greatest to ever strap on a guitar). Lynch changed between 3 different guitars throughout the show and proved without a doubt that at 69 years old he can still rip out solos like nobody’s business. Vocalist Gabriel Colón showcased his wide range of vocal talent throughout the night just nailing every song. While he does not sound exactly like Don Dokken or any previous Lynch Mob vocalists, he just has a range that works perfect for this band and all the songs. Definitely the youngster in the band, Colón also brought some great energy to the live show. Jaron Gulin (former Tantric bass player) also brings a bit of youth and attitude to the stage with his thumping bass lines while his rhythm partner Jimmy D’Anda remains one of the most animated hard-hitting drummers in the business. This guy is just pure fun to watch – from his comical facial expressions to his technique and movements, he is just absolute fire . . . and a true gentleman as well.

Without a doubt one of the highlights of the night was the instrumental “Mr. Scary” from Dokken’s 1987 release Back for the Attack as were the last two songs of the set “It’s Not Love” and of course Lynch Mob’s biggest hit “Wicked Sensation”.

The The Final Ride farewell tour is set to wrap up in March 2025, who knows what that means as far as seeing George Lynch play live, so get out there while you still can and catch Lynch Mob rip up the stage. Thanks George for all the memories, killer riffs and magical solos!


Lynch Mob Setlist:

Lightnin' Strikes Again (Dokken cover) | River of Love | For a Million Years | No Good | Testify | When Heaven Comes Down (Dokken cover) | Paris Is Burning (Dokken cover) | Time After Time | The Hunter (Dokken cover) | Rain | Mr. Scary (Dokken cover) | Dance of the Dogs | It's Not Love (Dokken cover) | Wicked Sensation

Chris Loomis

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