I hope by now I’m well into recovery! The fifth song for Teeth Week is Dokken’s “Tooth and Nail”, from the album of the same name, released in 1984. This excellent record is notable for also including the landmark ballad “Alone Again”. Written by “Wild” Mick Brown, George Lynch and Jeff Pilson, “Tooth and Nail” is an uptempo metal smoker about typical metal subject matter. Tearing it up in the daytime. Being reckless and free. Being strong and fighting tooth and nail. Hopefully that’s what I’m doing this week as I recover from my surgery.
“Tooth and Nail” is notable for being on every Dokken live album, with the exception of the 1983 recording From Conception which predates the track. It’s even on the unplugged One Live Night album. It’s certainly a mainstay in Dokken sets. Please root for me to fight tooth and nail as I recover from my surgery.