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.
In a brand new interview with Independent.com, legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) was asked what still excites him about playing guitar.
“I don’t know; I just love playing guitar, and it seems the longer I’ve been doing it, the more I love it,” he replied. “I’ve never really stopped to think what’s really at the bottom of that. I just go with it.”
Slash also spoke about how touring now compares to touring with GUNS N’ ROSES.
“It’s actually comparable to GN’R in the ’80s, except for all the drugs that happened back then,” he explained. “I really enjoy it, it’s a lot of fun, and I like the pace of it. We do anywhere from five to six shows per week, and I love that; the more I do it, the more I love it.”
Regarding whatnew music has caught his attention of late, Slash said: “The latest record that I’m really in love with is ‘Aftershock’ by MOTÖRHEAD. I think it’s one of the most brilliant rock ‘n’ roll records that has come out in a long time. I also really like the new BLACK SABBATH record.”
Asked what kind of advice he bestows upon young kids who want to pursue music, both for hobby and as a career, Slash replied: “As a hobby, it’s a hell of a lot of fun, but as a career, it’s a hell of a lot of work. Patience, perseverance, and practice — those are the three things that come to mind, and those are things that I still practice today. It’s a never-ending process, but at the same time, if you love what you do, it’s very rewarding.”
AMEN, the band led by firebrand frontman Casey Chaos, is working on a brand new album for release later this year and is set for its long-awaited return to the U.K. this August. In addition, the band is excited to announce the enlistment of former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo to AMEN’s ranks. The refreshed lineup — completed by John Fahnestock on bass, Duke Decter and John King on guitars — is already neck deep in work on a new album with longtime producer Ross Robinson (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SEPULTURA).
Says Lombardo: “I am very proud to have been asked to be part of this amazing production with Casey Chaos and Ross Robinson.
“My career in thrash was created from my love of the punk genre. There is an excitement in this particular style of music that’s vital for me. It’s aggressive, honest and needed.
“I’m looking forward to performing with AMEN before returning to Europe with PHILM in September.”
Adds Casey Chaos: “It’s great to be working again with Dave, this time in AMEN. He brought so much power, aggression and passion to the music on the new record, in a way only he could only deliver. Without question this is THE most important album I’ve ever made. I’m looking forward to unleashing it live and destroying ourselves for your pleasure!”