THE WINERY DOGS ‘Will Go Again Into Hibernation For Foreseeable Future’ After MIKE PORTNOY’s Return To DREAM THEATER

In a brand new interview with The Hook Rocks podcast, Richie Kotzen spoke about his determination to launch a brand new solo single, “Low-cost Pictures”, earlier this month after finishing almost 100 exhibits in assist of THE WINERY DOGS‘ third album, final 12 months’s “III”. He mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I used to be of thoughts to observe course with THE WINERY DOGS as we have been. We made the [‘III’] album, we did 95 exhibits and I used to be of thoughts to simply maintain going. After which, clearly, Mike [Portnoy, THE WINERY DOGS drummer] had the chance to return to DREAM THEATER. And so we had a dialog and, clearly, Billy [Sheehan, THE WINERY DOGS bassist] and I have been very supportive as a result of we love Mike. The perspective is we love having the band, however as folks, the individuals are extra essential. So if Mike has one thing that’s pricey to him and essential that he’s excited and motivated to do, then, clearly, that is what he must do. So we had the dialog that [he had our] full assist, we expect it is nice. It is thrilling, truly, as a music fan. Neglect about THE WINERY DOGS for a second and me, however as a music fan, it is thrilling. So, that is why the touring, we put a interval on it.”

He continued: “In contrast to the place I used to be at beforehand [when THE WINERY DOGS went on a three-year hiatus in 2016], I can say that I was of thoughts to remain the course and maintain going. However that is not the place we’re. And so I got here dwelling and went again to trying on the concepts that I had, and I had over 300 audio information in my recorder app. And I began listening to issues, and I moved all of them into my desktop pc and I began listening to issues and I discovered one, two, three, 4, 5. ‘Wow, I’ve obtained some actually cool issues to work with right here. Let me develop it.’ And now right here I’m with a brand new single out and I’ve obtained tour dates booked. I will Europe in June. I am gonna be touring extensively in North America beginning in September and I am gonna launch a solo album within the fall. So every little thing works the way in which it is gonna work. You are dealt your playing cards and also you play your hand. And so right here we’re. And I really feel nice. I really feel actually nice about it. I really feel nice about what we did final 12 months with THE WINERY DOGS. I am fully nice with the truth that the DOGS will return into hibernation for the foreseeable future. I am nice with now going again to doing what it was that I used to be doing earlier than. I am very comfy there — very impressed to do it. And Adrian and I even have some new music and we’re planning. So the long run could be very vivid and really impressed.”

Final November, throughout the question-and-answer portion of Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp‘s “Metalmania III” in Los Angeles, Portnoy was requested in regards to the standing of a few of his different initiatives, together with THE WINERY DOGS and SONS OF APOLLO, and the way they are going to be affected by his return to DREAM THEATER. He responded: “ Earlier than the DREAM THEATER factor occurred, I feel I used to be as much as like seven bands or one thing, or eight, or one thing like that. So, clearly I will not be capable to do all of them, and proper now the main focus goes again to DREAM THEATER and specializing in that. So, I’ve a sense among the bands will survive and a few will not. However I feel THE WINERY DOGS, it’s extremely probably that THE WINERY DOGS will proceed…. We simply filmed a reside Blu-ray final week on the final present in Europe, in order that’ll be popping out.

“However, yeah, there’s nonetheless different issues on my schedule,” he added, referencing a present with METAL ALLEGIANCE in January 2024 in Anaheim, and a few exhibits with FLYING COLORS. “So I nonetheless do have these different obligations and these different issues that I nonetheless have on the calendar with all these different bands. However I feel as soon as all of these obligations clear, I am gonna concentrate on DREAM THEATER at the very least for some time.”

“III” was launched in February 2023 on THE WINERY DOGSThree Canine Music label (through Burnside Distribution/The Orchard) and is on the market on all digital codecs. The primary two movies from “III”, “Mad World” and “Xanadu”, have been filmed in Los Angeles in November 2022.

The second leg of THE WINERY DOGS“202III World Tour” included sold-out exhibits all through Latin America, and it concluded in Monterrey, Mexico. They then headed out for the third leg, West Coast U.S. dates, starting in Might 2023 in Los Angeles, California on the Regent Theater earlier than hopping over to Europe for 2 runs in each the summer time and fall. A Japanese run of exhibits adopted in November 2023.

“III” was the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed and Billboard-charting album “Scorching Streak”, which was launched in October 2015 on Loud & Proud Data through RED (a division of Sony Music Leisure).

Photograph credit score: Travis Shinn

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