PORTNOY / SHEEHAN / KOTZEN To Issue Debut Album In May As THE WINERY DOGS
Drummer Mike Portnoy
(ADRENALINE MOB, FLYING COLORS, ex-DREAM THEATER),
bassist Billy Sheehan
(MR. BIG, TALAS) and guitarist Richie Kotzen
(ex-POISON, ex-Mr. Big) teamed up in the summer of 2012 for a new
project which has now been officially dubbed THE WINERY DOGS. An
official release for Japan via Victor Entertainment has been confirmed
for May, with other territories due to be announced soon.
Following is Portnoy's final official diary entry from the recording sessions, issued in August 2012:
"Monumental day today... we finish the 14th and final song!
I can't recall many albums I've done where I've had these many new,
original songs. What an amazing assortment of material to choose from!
Not sure if we'll end up with all 14 on the album, but we'll surely use
'em all for one purpose or another...
Anyways, the 14th and final song is another one we wrote back in the
second writing session back in February. It doesn't have lyrics yet, so
it's temporarily called 'Seven' (for two reasons: it was the seventh
song we wrote and the main riff also happens to be in 7/8 time). It's
one of the more upbeat, rocking tracks, kinda in the vein of STP, VELVET
Nail the song in two takes, comp and I AM DONE! (well, with the
"album's drums" at least... still have percussion, some b-vox and maybe a
few other drum tracks if we cut some covers or bonus tracks).
While working on the comp and a few other drum edits, I decided to
quickly interview Richie for those of you that have never seen him
interviewed before (I know he may not seem like what you thought he'd be
like, but he really is a nice guy...):