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The Winery Dogs "Who Let The Dogs Out" Tour

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 2:30 AM

Richie Kotzen (Vocals and Guitar)Billy Sheehan (Bass and Vocals)Mike Portnoy (Drums and Vocals)You know what they say: Familiarity breeds creativity. Just witness the aptly named Hot Streak, the supercharged follow-up to the self-titled rabidly rocking 2013 debut of the three-piece musical dynamo known as The Winery Dogs. Hot Streak shows the powerfully pedigreed trios initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the sturm und headbang of Captain Love to the propulsive uplifting vibe of The Bridge to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of Fire. If these three Dogs thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, Hot Streak barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory.We elevated the band to the next level, says vocalist/guitarist Richie Kotzen. I wasnt nervous about it at all. Theres always that worry with a follow-up record when you have a first one thats so well received, but I believed in it from Day 1. I knew in my heart if we made a record that wasnt as good as the first one that we wouldnt release it, but I know I did my best on every song. I also like the fact that theres a commonality between the first and second records and theres also an evolution too, as weve dug a little deeper.Adds drummer Mike Portnoy, The mission of this band is to write catchy songs, and not have the musicianship overpower them. Thats the icing on the cake but the cake itself is always the song and the vocals. Every song on this album is memorable and catchy, and youll wake up whistling them all the next day. For a drummer accustomed to having superstar status in the progressive music realm, Portnoy feels hes done some of his best work with The Winery Dogs. Its been refreshing to play music thats so easily digestible all across the board by any listener, whether they be a metal fan, a prog fan, or a classic rock fan, he admits. I think The Winery Dogs have something to offer for everybody.Some of The Winery Dogs intrinsic universality has to do with the way each band member understands how to serve the song first and play off each other, rather than showboat their own chops. Its the great advantage of this three-piece band, observes bassist Billy Sheehan. We always have each other on our radars pretty tightly. I can see when Richies going for something or if Mike is going for something, and I can either lay a path down for them and get out of the way, or get behind them and help push them towards it. Sheehan clearly relishes his role as The Winery Dogs anchor. As a bass player, Ive always been aggressive in my playing, but my job is to lock in with the drums, he notes. If youre aggressive and youre all over the place, its a mess. So Ive always tried to use that as my focus point and the point is to play as an ensemble player, as opposed to an individual. Fortunately, Ive worked with Richie a lot in the past [in Mr. Big], and I love his playing. Same with Mike. If youre willing to step back and get out of the way and enjoy what those guys do, its a lot of fun being a supportive member of this band.Kotzen heartily agrees. These two guys are playing in a way that not many people can play, he marvels. I mean, theres no one else who approaches playing the bass guitar like Billy Sheehan. The thing thats unique about us is that we are obviously playing real songs with real lyrics and real melodies, but we have these moments of musical chaos where we go crazy and play these things the average musician wouldnt be able to play.On Hot Streak, The Winery Dogs have found themselves sniffing around outside their comfort zone to expand their musical horizons while staying true to their power-trio roots, as songs like the subtle whirling dervish Spiral and the aforementioned Fire easily attest. Fire is a great example of Richies ability to create something thats very poppy or very mainstream, something that you could hear Sting or Sade doing, observes Portnoy. Its an unusual left-turn for us, concurs

Cost: $25.00 - $55.00
Tickets: http://www.ticketnetwork.com/tix/tickets-3823217.aspx

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