Smith/Kotzen (Iron Maiden, The Winery Dogs) To Release “Better Days …And Nights” In September

Smith/Kotzen, the project featuring Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs), will be releasing a new compilation album, titled “Better Days …And Nights,” on September 16. The effort will include the band’s “Better Days” EP and various live tracks. You can find a live video for “Hate And Love” below:

“Better Days …And Nights” Track Listing:


01. “Better Days”
02. “Got A Hold On Me”
03. “Hate And Love”
04. “Rise Again”


05. “Hate And Love” (Live)
06. “Got A Hold On Me” (Live)
07. “Scars” (Live)
08. “You Don’t Know Me” (Live)
09. “Running” (Live)

Smith commented:

“I think everyone in the band was extremely happy with how our very first tour turned out. We were all naturally a little anxious as we’d never played live together before but once we got out there, everything fell into place really easily and we all had a tremendous amount of fun. I can’t wait until we can do it again and get to play in many more places next time round.”

Kotzen added:

“We spent a lot of time discussing which of the songs from the live show to include on this CD. We wanted to capture an accurate snapshot of the special vibe we all felt on the tour and I think we’ve achieved this in the songs we’ve selected, and hope our fans will agree. We’re looking forward to seeing everybody again on future tours.”

Smith/Kotzen (Iron Maiden, The Winery Dogs) Have About Seven Song Ideas For Their Next Album

Smith/Kotzen, the project featuring Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs), have revealed that they are working on material for their next album. The band currently have about seven song ideas for the effort.

Kotzen said the following while discussing the group’s upcoming tour on Metal Edge’s “Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley“:

“What happened was it was all just by timing. Nathalie [Dufresne-Smith, Adrian’s wife] and Adrian came into town, and Adrian said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna be there for a couple of months. You wanna write some more songs?’ And we did get together and we did about seven things that are in the works; we have some demo stuff that are in the works. And then we started thinking, ‘Man, we’re here. Why don’t we play?’ Julia was in the house and we were talking about it. And it just kind of — boom. It just made sense. ‘Let’s go. Call Bruno.’ And we put it together. It was real easy.”

Adrian added:

“We started writing with a view to doing another album, and then we got sidetracked on dates. Like Richie said, we’ve got six or seven things. It’s just taking where we left off with the EP — just writing as we do.

“I don’t wanna change the world. I just wanna make good rock music. It’s in there, and you’ve just gotta do it. You just have to do it, really. It’s one of those things.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Richie Kotzen Says The Winery Dogs’ New Album “Is Probably 85% Done”

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Richie Kotzen offered an update on The Winery Dogs’ new album. According to him, the effort is about “85% done.”

Kotzen said the following:

“THE WINERY DOGS record, I would say, is probably 85 percent done. I’ve got all my guitars done and all my lead vocals and a couple of harmonies here and there. But basically now, what I’m looking to do, and what we’re looking to do, is to get Mike [Portnoy] to do some percussion and we want Billy [Sheehan] and Mike to do their vocal harmonies — you know, get their voices on there. And then once they do their harmonies and whatever percussion Mike wants to do, then I’ll take it back and maybe tweak a few things, and maybe I’ll do a couple of overdubs here and there. And it’ll be done before you know it. I think it’s gonna be done pretty quick.”

He continued when asked if the record will be released in 2022:

“That I don’t know. We didn’t really discuss when we’re gonna release it. And the thing is, like a lot of acts, I’m sure, THE WINERY DOGS is such a touring-type thing — I think a lot of the magic with that group comes together on stage — and so we wanna make sure that when we set this up that we can get out in front of people and play. And now, obviously, it’s a little choppy trying to organize all this. I think once the thing’s done and we can sit back and listen to it and it’s mixed and we can go, ‘Okay, this thing is done and ready,’ then we’re gonna come up with a plan on how to release it and when to release it. But to guess at it, the soonest, I think, would be, like, the end of this year, beginning of next year. I think that’s realistic — to set it up right and make sure that we have a way to get it out there.”

Kotzen also added the following about the album’s musical direction:

“Well, you know, we never discuss direction; we just go and write and see what comes out. But in sitting back and listening to it, as it is now in its current state, it reminds me more of the first album than the second album, only because on the second album, I think, the production, we went into a few different directions. Some of the songs — I don’t know — I think we explored some territory on the second record that didn’t exist on the first record. And this stuff, to me, sounds a little more raw, I guess you’d say — maybe more true to what the band sounds like live, like a trio. It might be ’cause I didn’t really do a lot of overdubs — it’s really just guitar, bass and drums. Like I said, I don’t know where it’s gonna end up, ’cause there’s still plenty of opportunity for me to totally fuck this thing up. Nah, I think it’s gonna be good; I think people are gonna like it. I play it in my car here and there, and I like it. Like I said, it’s just a matter of getting their voices on there — some harmonies — and some percussion. Maybe a couple of little guitar [bits] — maybe I’ll double a couple of lines here or there; that sort of thing. But I’m trying to keep it pretty raw, pretty power trio-sounding.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Smith/Kotzen (Iron Maiden, The Winery Dogs) Announce U.S. & UK Tours

Smith/Kotzen, the project featuring Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs), have announced their first live shows. The band will be doing two runs including one in the U.S. and one in the UK.

Tour Dates:


01/15 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
01/20 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky A Go-Go
01/22 Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
01/23 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
01/26 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
10/27 Morro Bay, CA – The Siren


02/27 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
02/28 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
03/02 Glasgow, UK – Garage
03/03 Wolverhampton, UK – KK’s Steel Mill
03/05 Leamington, UK – Spa Winters End
03/07 Bristol, UK – Fleece
03/08 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall

Smith/Kotzen (Iron Maiden, The Winery Dogs) To Release New EP “Better Days” This Month

Smith/Kotzen, the project featuring Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs), will be releasing a new EP, titled “Better Days,” on vinyl as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday (November 26). You can find the cover art and track listing for that effort below:

“Better Days” Track Listing:

01. “Better Days”
02. “Got A Hold On Me”
03. “Hate And Love”
04. “Rise Again”

Kotzen commented:

“When Adrian came over to L.A. earlier this year, we got together and started throwing ideas around and we very quickly came up with the new songs. ‘Better Days’ almost seemed to write itself. It’s got a nice groove to it. Adrian came in with the riff and we came up with a melody for the chorus together, pretty much working to the same formula we used when writing the ‘Smith/Kotzen’ album, bouncing ideas off each other.”

Smith added:

“‘Better Days’ is a song I’m really excited about. I think its slightly different to the songs on the ‘Smith/Kotzen’ album — it’s kind of heavy but melodic. I’d played Richie the riff and I was looking for a reaction, and I got one. Kind of like the old grey whistle test scenario — there was a spark and we started building the song from there. I’d have an idea, then Richie would have an idea and we’d go back and forth, like building blocks.”

A video for the “Better Days” title track can be found below:

Billy Sheehan Says The Winery Dogs Have “About Eight Or 10 Things Ready To Go” For Their New Album

During a recent interview with Tulsa Music Stream, Billy Sheehan offered an update on The Winery Dogs’ new album. According to him, the band have “about eight or 10 things ready to go” for the effort.

Sheehan had the following to say when asked if the group have started recording or if they are still writing:

“A little of both, but it’s mostly writing. We write like people used to write in the old days: the band gets together in a room and we start figuring things out. And I love it that way as opposed to getting outside writers or having one guy be the writer and everybody plays his songs. So we work together as a band quite well.”

He also added the following about the band’s writing session in early July:

“[It] went really swimmingly. We weren’t killing ourselves, but we were working hard. We’ve got about eight or 10 things ready to go. We’re gonna go back and do it again at the end of this month for another session. And if, at that point, we feel we’ve got a great record, in our humble opinion, we will go ahead and [record] it. If not, we’ll write some more.”

[via Blabbermouth]

The Winery Dogs Working On New Music

The Winery Dogs have officially started work on new music. Bassist Billy Sheehan tweeted the following about that:

Judas Priest, Halestorm, Etc. Members Added To Virtual Ronnie James Dio Birthday Fundraiser

More artists have been added to the “Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday” virtual fundraiser. That event will take place on July 10 and tickets can be purchased at

Here’s the newly announced guests: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), John Bush (Armored Saint), Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), Lena Hall (“Hedwig And The Angry Inch”), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, etc.), Derek St, Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), and The Warning,

Here’s the previously announced guests: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath), Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Lita Ford, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Terry Ilous (ex-Great White), Liliac, Sean McNabb (ex-Quiet Riot), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot), Paul Shortino (ex-Rough Cutt), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Wildside), Wyn Davis, and Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio.

The Dio band, Oni Logan, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Rowan Robertson, and Bjorn Englen, will perform as well. Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield will also be on hand conducting interviews.

Smith/Kotzen (Iron Maiden, The Winery Dogs) Premiere “Solar Fire” Music Video

Smith/Kotzen, the project featuring Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs), have premiered a new video for their song “Solar Fire.” The track, which features Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), is from the band’s self-titled album, which was released in March.

Smith/Kotzen (Iron Maiden, The Winery Dogs) Share Behind The Scenes Look At The Making Of Their Debut Album

Smith/Kotzen, the project featuring Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs), have shared a behind the scenes look at the making of their self-titled debut album. That effort is available now.