When we are talking about a supergroup, The Winery Dogs can be used as THE example of it. When you have a rhythm section that consists of Billy Sheehan (Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Talas, and Mr. Big) and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Flying Colors, Transatlantic, Neal Morse Band, Sons of Apollo and Adrenaline Mob) that is fronted by the crazy down to earth dude Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big) you could think this is a recipe for a clashing of ego’s. None of all that, The Winery Dogs proves the opposite. This stop was a part of their 2nd Paw of the European tour to promote their last and best work ever, ‘III’.
First up was the Belgian band Morpheus, first time I heard and saw this band. Apparently they had the corona blues for a time and are now once again active. Opening for The Winery Dogs is an opportunity you have to take, they did their ultimate best to get the attention of the audience with their female fronted riff based power hard rock. A nice opener and hope to see and hear more of them in the future.
The Winery Dogs
Formed in 2012 the goal was to set up a power trio rock band, as we all know when musicians come together those original ideas can somehow change. Well not in the case of The Winery Dogs, with their groovy bluesy influenced hard rock topped with a sauce of incredible talented mastering of their instruments we knew that this evening was going to be something special. From the opener Gaslight to Captain Love, going back with Desire and Stars, for which they released recently a video, you could see that these three dudes were having fun as some teenagers that got a gig for the first time. Mike Portnoy showed once again that he is a unique drummer with his signature style of playing, Richie Kotzen impressed with his voice and finger picking style, yes he played the whole evening without even using a pick. And not to forget Mr. Billy Sheehan, a hell of a bass player, who is going into a kind of trance when playing his bass.
The set was well-balanced, from uptime rockers to more ballad like songs. We were also treated with a bass solo of Billy, although this wasn’t necessary, most people know that he is an amazing musician. You don’t see on a lot of concerts that the entire audience is going wild from the front to the back. With an encore where Richie played the piano, this guy seems to be one of these extraterrestrial talents, and Elevate, which was written as a tribute to David Z., the bass player of Adrenaline Mob who died in a crash on tour, the evening came to an end.
The Other Side
The Red Wine
I’m No Angel
The Winery Dogs proved that their third album is one to be heard. The mix they brought of hard rock, blues, grooves and some technical show-offs were the ideal ingredients of an evening full of talent. With the support of Morpheus this was a very enjoyable musical evening.