THE WINERY DOGS, the power trio featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON), will release a new concert DVD and Blu-ray in July via Loud & Proud Records. The set will include the band’s entire May 27, 2016 performance at Teatro Cariola in Santiago, Chile as well as an EP of previously unreleased studio tracks.
THE WINERY DOGS last year completed a tour in support of its second album, “Hot Streak”, which was released in October 2015 in North America.
“Hot Streak” debuted at No. 30 on The Billboard 200 chart, having shifted 13,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015.
In a recent interview with Myglobalmind, Kotzen said about THE WINERY DOGS‘ current status: “[There is] nothing [planned] at the moment, I don’t foresee anything happening for a couple of years.
“It’s an interesting thing, with THE WINERY DOGS I wasn’t looking to join a band for the rest of my life,” he continued. “My idea was to take a break from being Richie Kotzen and do something more collaborative. I thought it would be fun to do the first WINERY DOGS CD and tour to some key market shows and that would be the end of it. We ended up getting a great response and toured for over a year. People loved the CD so much that we got back in the studio to do the second one.
“For me, it’s time to come home and do what I’ve always done. I have been making Richie Kotzen records since I was 18; it’s a source of survival, sanity, art, and everything you want to call it. I know the other guys have something very exciting in the works which people will love. It may fill a WINERY DOGS void.”
Kotzen added: “I’m not saying it’s over; you never know in a couple of years from now we may get back together and do something. What I am saying is THE WINERY DOGS are the furthest thing from my mind right now with a new [solo] CD coming out.”