This summer is gonna rule so hard with the upcoming Monsters on the Mountain Festival, brought to you once again from the creators of Monsters of Rock Cruise! Taking place this August 19th-21st, 2022 at The Gatlinburg Convention Center the fest is going to have a ton of killer bands from your favorite era of music such as Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Night Ranger, Extreme, Queensrÿche, Quiet Riot, Stryper, Kix, and Firehouse, plus an array of interactive events and activities for fans! Get ready for photo opportunities with bands, access to the Rock N’ Roll Vendor Market, Rock N’ Roll Art Gallery, and the Outdoor Patio Experience, with more to be announced. The MOTM fest is once again hosted by Eddie Trunk (VH1, SiriusXM), comedians Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine (former hosts of VH1 Classic’s hit TV show, “That Metal Show”), and pioneer rock radio DJ Nikki Blakk. Plus, Eddie Trunk will be broadcasting his SiriusXM show live on Friday (8/19). Three-day packages and individual day tickets on sale now!
Stars from across Rock and Metal will join together on a livestream to raise money tonight on the David Z Foundation Livestream. David Z (David Zablidowsky) was the brilliant metal and progressive rock musician best known for his work in bands such as Adrenaline Mob, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and ZO2, died three years ago on July 17th, 2017 when a tractor-trailer collided with Adrenaline Mob’s tour bus. Check out the updated poster from Mike Portnoy’s tweet below. You can donate at the GoFundM link below and watch the live stream including artists ranging from Mike Portnoy, Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Ray Luzier (Korn), John Moyer (Disturbed) Rikki Rockett, Don Dokken, Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto, Carmine Appice, Eddie Trunk, Marco Mendoza, Joel Hoekstra, Tiffany, John Pooper, Alex Skolnik, Charlie Benante, Dug Pinnick, Ra Diaz and more! Continue reading
Spirit Of Rock Presents the 2019 Ramblin’ Man Fair just added two more names to its already impressive lineup. Acclaimed rockers Airbourne join the bill, along with young Country renegade Jesse Dayton. This is with a lineup already led by Foreigner, The Darkness, Black Stone Cherry, The Wildhearts, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Living Color, Anathema, Riverside, Beth Hart, Richie Kotzen, Orange Goblin, The Obsessed, Crobot and more! Ramblin man takes place at Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent UK on 19th, 20th& 21st July 2019.Continue reading
The Winery Dogs have announced their full tour dates for the USA for 2019. Consisting of guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and drummer Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, Dream Theater, The Neal Morse Band, Flying Circus), the band will embark on a 20 date headline tour, their first in three years.Continue reading
The Winery Dogs, a prog rock supergroup featuring guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) And drummer Mike Portnoy (Sons of Apollo, Dream Theater, Neal Morse Band, Flying Circus) are plotting a new North American tour in May of 2019. Tour dates are coming soon and it will be the group’s first tour in nearly three years.Continue reading
Richie Kotzen came through Illinois for not 1, not 2, but 3 shows earlier this month. The tour was dubbed Salting Earth, but Salting Illinois is more like it. Richie was kicking off part 2 of his tour which got started in good ‘ol Moline, (almost Iowa “Are we in Heaven”) IL. Then Richie hit Reggie’s Rock Club in South Chicago and for extra rock n’ roll measure Kotzen performed for the Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, IL, which was a make up show that was canceled last year. 3 nights of Richie made fans really happy in the Chicago-land area.
Kotzen is no stranger to rock n’ roll, with a little over 20 solo albums spanning a 28 year career; 5 years with Mr. Big; 2 years with Poison and now with The Winery Dogs (with Billy Sheehan & Mike Portnoy); Richie is definitely in a class of his own. His vocal style has a smooth raspy edge to it, similar to that of David Coverdale. Richie has a 3 finger fingerpickin’ guitar technique, with a lightning-fast guitar style. He slides his fingers up and down that guitar neck so effortlessly. Richie is a force to be reckoned with.
The very intimate Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, IL is a slightly different type of venue that may not see a ton of Rock n’ Roll but I’m sure has seen plenty of Orchestras, Plays etc. being a performing arts center, which gave a very clean and crisp acoustical sound. The venue has an oversized stage, and the Kotzen 3 piece band was set front and center so the crowd could be up close and personal with Richie. There was no lighting flare with this show, no crazy visual displays, but what this show did have was great, performed to perfection rock n’ roll. When the 3-piece ensemble hit the stage it was with only one purpose – To deliver pure Rock and Roll. Richie along with Dylan Wilson (bass), and Mike Bennett (drums) slowly took their spots to a slightly somber crowd. Which heated up shortly after the first chord rang out.
Richie kicked everything off with a very appropriate song “You’re Entertainer” off the 2009 album Peace Sign then launched right into “Bad Situation” off 2011 album 24 Hours. The evening bounced around through all of the essential Richie Kotzen songs old and new. At one point Richie broke set to fulfill a special request, which he mentioned he doesn’t normally do, but he launched into a very smooth version of “Sara Smile” by Hall & Oates which the crowd just ate up.
Richie lit up the evening with a great selection of music spanning through his lustrous 28-year career. It was a great show in a great little Naperville, IL venue. The fans were very appreciative that Richie came back too. It might’ve even been why he gave a special extended encore, which included, “War Paint” with a little classic “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” a old Elvin Bishop cover, and so did the crowd.
Richie is on tour now until May 23rd in the states then off overseas until July 27th. Check out Richie Kotzen’s web site at: http://richiekotzen.com/tour-dates/ for more details. It was a great show, by a very impressive guitar virtuoso. Catch him while you can.
- Your Entertainer
- Bad Situation
- Love Is Blind
- Go Faster
- Fooled Again
- The Road
- Sara Smile (Hall & Oates cover)
- End of Earth
- Help Me
- War Paint
- Fooled Around and Fell in Love (Elvin Bishop cover)
WORDS AND PHOTOS BY RICK TRIANA
The Winery Dogs just released their new album Hot Streak (Loud and Proud) to critical acclaim and are once again setting off to be road dogs as well. This new album being a natural extension of their début album, the band was eager to hit the road and jam some of these new tracks as well as fan favorites on a headline tour. Performing at The Wilbur Theater in downtown Boston, the feeling in the room was palpable, as Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan have a chemistry between them that is unmistakable. The only comparison to the level of collective talent and simpatico these guys share would be a Led Zeppelin or a Rush in their prime. Unlike their previous tours, they feel like a fully-fledged rock band now, that happens to feature legendary players; as opposed to a cool supergroup of guys. On the contrary, with the humble genius Kotzen at the microphone, the band has reached a new level of cool. The audience reflects this too, now as it is not just dominated by technique nerds and fanboys, but real lovers of their growing repertoire. Evil Robb Photography captured The Winery Dogs on this evening for Ghost Cult, as they being their next chapter.
America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party – better known as Rocklahoma, has announced the first national Reverbnation Rocklahoma Battle of the Bands contest, as well as details for the 2015 Miss Rocklahoma comepetition. The event is presented by Bud Light and returns to “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK (45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, OK) for its ninth year on May 22, 23 and 24, 2015.
ReverbNation is hosting the national Rocklahoma Battle Of The Bands contest which will allow one ReverbNation artist the chance to perform at Rocklahoma 2015. For more details and to enter the competition, go here.
Registration for the 2015 Miss Rocklahoma competition begins March 16 here, and continues through April 17, with the top ten entries will be announced on April 22, Fan voting will run from April 22-May 8. Five finalists, named on May 11, will compete on stage at Rocklahoma for the chance to be named Miss Rocklahoma 2015.
The current band lineup for Rocklahoma 2015 is as follows: Linkin Park, Tesla, Godsmack, Slayer, Volbeat, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, Candlebox, Anthrax, Ministry, The Pretty Reckless, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Of Mice & Men, In This Moment, Apocalyptica, The Winery Dogs (featuring Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy & Richie Kotzen), Motionless In White, In Flames, Aranda, Nonpoint, We Are Harlot, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Periphery, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Starset, Shaman’s Harvest, Upon A Burning Body, Sabaton, Like A Storm, Crobot, Islander, Sons of Texas, Wayland, Gypsy Pistoleros, Nasty Habit, Lynam, Bai Bang, Black Tora, ASKA, Kingdragon, BabyJane, Chaotic Resemblance, Firstryke, Dead Metal Society, Ratchet Dolls, Diamond Lane, Mystery, Ragdoll, Mycah, Delta Rose, Loveblast, Ruff Justice, Warlock Texas, Mach22, Dellacoma, Station, Tempt, Project Terror, London’s Dungeon, Ivy Stone, Lamp Shade Betty, We The Ghost, Well Hung Heart, Nicnos, Even the Dogs, SONS, A Course Of Action, Drek, and Lovebettie, and the festival will be hosted by Eddie Trunk.
The Monsters of Rock Cruise will be setting sail for the Bahamas this April 18-22 2015 aboard the MSC Divina, the four-day-and-night cruise celebrating the original legendary Castle Donington music festival held in England in 1980, will showcase Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music icons, including artists on the original festival bill.
This year’s cruise itinerary is kicked off by a two-night pre-party event at Miami’s Magic City Casino on April 15, featuring performances by Queensryche and Lillian Axe, and April 17, featuring performances by Stryper, Tyketto, Gabbie Rae and a special surprise guest artist.
The official line-up for the 2015 Monsters of Rock Cruise is as follows:
Tom Keifer of Cinderella
The Winery Dogs
Black Star Riders
Black ’N Blue
Derek St. Holmes
Frank Hannon Band
In addition, Eddie Trunk, host of VH1’s That Metal Show and “The Trunk Nation” on Sirius XM, is returning this year as Master of Ceremony. Eddie will be assisted by an all-star lineup of personalities including Luc Carl from XM’s Hair Nation, Nikki Blakk from 107.7 FM’s “The Bone,” Keith Roth, host on Sirius XM’s Hair Nation/Boneyard, Don Jamieson, comedian, co-host of VH1’s That Metal Show; Craig Gass, comedian/actor from Howard Stern’s channel on Sirius XM and DJ Will, music supervisor of VH1’s “That Metal Show,” In addition, this year’s cruise will feature a “Monster” version of the world famous Cathouse nightclub, complete with original proprietors Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat and Riki Rachtman of MTV’s Headbangers Ball.