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The Winery Dogs Announce “Who Let The Dogs Out” 2019 North American Tour

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The Scoop: The Winery Dogs have announced their “Who Let The Dogs Out” 2019 US Tour and if you don’t know who this band is yet then let me tell you a little something about this incendiary lineup. It’s a super-combinant of top drawer musicians that you might have heard about over the years. I’m talking about the one and only Billy Sheehan, bass guitarist of Mr. Big, Talas and a wide range of solo work. Mighty Mike Portnoy who is the skin basher supreme and currently working with Neal Morse and Metal Allegiance but he also worked extensively with Dream Theater and Adrenaline Mob. The trio is completed by Richie Kotzen who not only came to a lot of peoples attention from the band Poison but was also a member of Mr. Big when Paul Gilbert had left the lineup. Richie’s solo efforts are prolific but now its time to let the dogs back out into the yard and bring the people their combined musical talents once more. Here are the dates.

The Tour Dates:
May 1st – Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
May 2nd – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
May 3rd – New York, NY – Sony Hall
May 5th – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
May 7th – Hopewell, VA – Beacon Theater
May 8th – Nashville, TN – Basement East
May 9th – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
May 11th – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
May 12th – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
May 15th – Ft Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
May 16th – Milwaukee, WI – Potowatami Casino
May 17th – Milwaukee, WI – Potowatami Casino
May 18th – St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
May 20th – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 23rd – Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
May 24th – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
May 25th – Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
May 28th – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theater
May 29th – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater
May 30th – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
May 31st – Los Angeles, CA – The Saban Theater

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Historically speaking I’ve seen not only the Winery Dogs on numerous occasions but also the individuals in most of the acts that I outlined above and can say that if one of these shows will be your first time catching the Winery Dogs then you are in for a treat. What do you readers think about this tour? Will you be in attendance at any of the shows? Chime in down below in the comments section. See you next time.

Official Website: http://www.thewinerydogs.com

Win A Ticket To See Richie Kotzen @ Sony Hall on 4/19/2018

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The Details: Richie Kotzen is a virtuoso guitar slinger who has been delivering the goods for many years and while he first came to awareness during his stint with Glam Rockers Poison, it was as a solo artist and later a founding member of The Winery Dogs that he gained the most prominence. His rich, soulful sound and skills on the guitar are best experienced live and that makes this announcement all the more special for us here at the PiercingMetal Media Command HQ. You might have read our posting about a brand-new venue in NYC known as Sony Hall and if not click HERE to be up to speed on this information. This will mark the very first contest for this venue and also the very first for Richie Kotzen and the details on how to participate are below for you to try your luck.

When and Where: Thursday, April 19th @ Sony Hall (235 West 46th Street, NYC)

To Participate: As Richie’s name is pretty much widely known by this point in time, I’m going to keep it to my request of three reasons or things that you most enjoyed about his career. These can revisit memories of his work with Poison, Winery Dogs and of course as a solo performer. You can mix them all up if you like but just be sure that there are three items in your entry. Oh yeah and there is a catch this time around. To qualify for this one, we are also asking our participants to “Shout It Out Loud” for the PiercingMetal social networks and that means using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show your love. It’s simple, just open your preferred network and share a screenshot and say “Follow PiercingMetal.com” with a link to our respective page. Do all three if you want to increase your chances of winning. Now, as usual here are some guidelines to make sure we are on the same page.
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Richie Kotzen @ Highline Ballroom (5/25/2010)

Richie Kotzen was back in NYC for an incredible night of music.  We caught him once before back in July of 2009 and were excited to see him do his thing at the Highline Ballroom this evening.  The amazing guitarist was once a member of Poison and now does a completely different kind of thing that you have to hear to believe.  This show would be a continuing part of his “Peace Sign” tour.

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Artist: Richie Kotzen
Venue: Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 5/25/2010
Label: Independent Artist

Before I even begin this one the readers should be aware that it is by no means a Metal or Hard Rock show report and instead one that lines out how easily we can all expand upon our interests in music of many different flavors. Don’t get me wrong because I love my Metal, but let’s face it, even Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music found its beginnings in other genres. That’s what made this evening’s fun so interesting for me and my friends as tonight’s show was a solo performance by guitarist Richie Kotzen and his band. You may or may not know the musician’s name and that is understandable with the vast amount of axe slingers out there but truth be told, Richie is one that has successfully managed to step out of the role that many first learned his name from and been delivering amazing music for years. Like many fans, I first heard Richie’s name when he stepped into the guitar role in Glam Rock’s own Poison. With the band he delivered the album “Native Tongue” that found some proclaiming featured the best guitar work in the band to date. After moving on from the band he worked with Mr. Big for a few years and albums before switching gears to more soulful Blues-based sense. Trust me in this one folks, its very, very good. Just about a year ago he performed at B.B. King Blues Club for a filled sit down crowd and now tonight would be the Highline Ballroom’s turn.
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Richie Kotzen @ B.B. King Blues Club (7/28/2009)

Many people know of the talented Richie Kotzen based on his work with either Poison or Mr. Big and while those two are to be commended there is really a lot more to the guitar player than we would ever hope to find in either of those bands. As July got ready to close it doors for August the musician would make an appearance at the legendary B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square. We made sure to be a part of the fun in order to share this report with you about how it all went down. Just scroll past the logo below to be taken to our item. It was truly a night to remember.

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Artist: Richie Kotzen
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Jimmy Kunes Band
Date: 7/28/2009
Label: Independent Artist

New York City is always a place with something cool to do and tonight the music fans of the region would find themselves with a choice to make based on two cool events happening in a relatively close proximity. It seemed as though eighties rockers Ratt and Extreme were playing a show at The Nokia Theatre while right around the corner a gig by guitar virtuoso Richie Kotzen was going to happen over at B.B. King Blues Club. I mused about how interesting it would have been to be a true Gemini and be at both gigs but I would be forced to choose as well and as result found myself inside the comfortable setting of B.B. King Blues Club ready to be entertained by the master axe slinger. Many fans of the band Poison might remember Richie Kotzen as being the replacement for C.C. DeVille back in 1991 and together with the band delivered one of the most musically sound recordings in the bands career with “Native Tongue”. He would move on from Poison and join Mr. Big but I must admit that I lost track of him since I never really kept up on what was happening in that band. This would not stop me from enjoying what was going to happen and I was very pleased to find that the venue had been very visibly sold out and while they had set up the tables there were plenty of people standing off to the sides of them raring to go.
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“Seven Days Live” by Poison

Artist: Poison
Title: “Seven Days Live”
Label: Armoury Records
Release Date: 8/26/2008
Genre: Glam Rock
Rating: 2.5/5

Given the nature of this live release I think that I should begin in the same fashion that I did for the DVD version of this which came out about two years ago and it went something like this – “Warning to all diehard Poison fans: This CD does NOT feature guitarist C.C. DeVille.” Now for those who are coming in late to the music that Poison has been doing for over two decades let me now reiterate that at one point the Glam Rock band had continued on without one of its founding members and performed with different guitarists. Richie Kotzen stepped into the band and was a spectacular player who was less on the Glam side and more on the Soul and Blues-oriented Rock angle and with his contributions the band released the fantastic “Native Tongue” album. It was a recording that showed you that Poison were much more than lipstick and hairspray. The album and touring took place in the middle of the Grunge Rock phase of the music scene and Poison’s level of notoriety had really dropped while bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam climbed higher and higher and when the band stopped by the Hammersmith Apollo for a gig it was captured forever on audio and video. Understandably some fans dropped Poison entirely when C.C. left while newer fans who had hoped for more depth from the band welcomed the material they did with Kotzen. Since the touring was for “Native Tongue” the larger portion of material presented came from this release but this appeared to only be the case for the video of the show and not what was delivered here on the CD.
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