A trailer for “The Drumming Dog” DVD, which contains drum-cam footage from the recording sessions for the self-titled debut album from THE WINERY DOGS, can be seen below.
The full disc is available for purchase at MikePortnoy.com. Audio options include: Full Band Mix, Isolated Drums & MP Vox, and Headphone Mix.
THE WINERY DOGS is the power trio featuring Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassistBilly Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Richie Kotzen(MR. BIG, POISON).
“In all of my years in this business, I’ve always been part of either a progressive band or a metal band,” said Portnoy. “This is the first time I’ve been in an all-original band that’s just a rock band in the vein of LED ZEPPELIN or VAN HALEN.”
He added: “It’s so refreshing to just play straight-ahead music with lots of twists. Obviously, the musicianship is great in this band, but it’s very song-oriented.”
THE WINERY DOGS‘ self-titled debut album will be released in North America on July 23 via Loud & Proud Records. Issued in Japan on May 15 via Victor Entertainment, the CD was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB, STONE SOUR andSTEEL PANTHER. Sheehan previously stated about the effort: “I’m really pleased with it. Richie sang his ass off and played amazingly unique stuff, and, of course Mike annihilated on drums. [It’s a] really cool, unique record.”
Of THE WINERY DOGS‘ signing, Portnoy commented: “I am so excited about THE WINERY DOGS and am proud and honored to be working with two of the greatest musicians on the planet!
“Richie Kotzen is such an unbelievable talent, as a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. I think THE WINERY DOGS will finally get him the attention and recognition that he so richly deserves.
“And what can be said of Billy Sheehan that hasn’t been said already? He is one the true pioneers of the instrument and a legend.
“I am looking forward to working with the great staff of Loud & Proud Records, some of whom I worked very closely with during their time atRoadrunner and my time with DREAM THEATER. I look forward to continuing that relationship with THE WINERY DOGS!”
Loud & Proud owner and president Tom Lipsky added: “The debut byTHE WINERY DOGS absolutely rocks and we are very excited that Loud & Proud is their label partner. This body of work showcases not only their renowned skills as musicians and vocalists, but also the depth of their talent as songwriters. Billy, Mike and Richie delivered some of the best performances of their illustrious careers and I am confident this album will be recognized as one of the truly great rock albums of the year.”
Regarding how THE WINERY DOGS got its name, Portnoy said: “It was Richie’s name. We had a list of about 50 names. I had about 10 that I preferred over THE WINERY DOGS, but you know, when you’re in a band, you have to give and take and choose your battles, and Richie really, really loved this band name. So, you know, it was, like, ‘OK.’ A name is a name. If you feel that strongly about it, then go for it. So that’s who we are.”
“The Winery Dogs” track listing:
03. We Are One
04. I’m No Angel
05. The Other Side
06. You Saved Me
07. Not Hopeless
08. One More Time
10. Six Feet Deeper
12. The Dying
DVD (limited edition, only available in Japan):
03. I’m No Angel
THE WINERY DOGS will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show“Rockline” with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, August 14 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with THE WINERY DOGS by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on the “Rockline” web site for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
As previously reported, THE WINERY DOGS will take part in a in-store performance and signing session on Tuesday, August 6 at Vintage Vinylin Fords, New Jersey.
I’m near positive I don’t need to recap the entire “Slayer vs. former drummer Dave Lombardo” thing for you, but the most recent development is that Lombardo says he’ll never go back to the group. For their part, Slayer are in the studio trying to finish their record.
But they’ve been working on the album for a really long time, even before Lombardo quit. Lombardo was present for many of the writing sessions and had to have contributed some drum parts to the writing. But the question now is: will the band use any of his contributions? Lombardo recently spoke with Thrash Zone, and when the topic of thenew Slayer song, “Implode,” came up, he had this to say.
“I worked on all of the songs that are going to be on the new album with Kerry [King, guitar]. They’ve been working on that album… shit… for years now. ‘Implode’, their new radio hit, is basically the guitar tracks that were done during my session, but they’ve removed my drums and added Paul’s [Bostaph, current Slayer drummer].”
You can’t be surprised that Slayer decided to re-do his drum tracks with their new, permanent drummer. I’m assuming the band wants to give Lombardo as little money as possible. But the question is, how involved was Lombardo in the songwriting process? And if he wrote core parts, how much would need to be changed for him to be kept off the songwriting credits? Could there be a major lawsuit on the horizon? We need a lawyer in the comments…