Friday night’s Winery Dogs show was the second LA homecoming for the power trio. The night before they played the Coach house and the following night the Canyon Club. They played Friday’s gig at the Saban theater in Beverly Hills to a very enthusiastic crowd from the blazing opening song “Elevate” off their ground breaking debut album.The set list was quite eclectic, the trio have been playing together over a year now and are playing very tight. You can also tell how much fun they are having too. Richie Kotzen is one of todays finest guitar players. He is so versatile and his style of mostly finger picking is definitely unique. He did a blistering version of “Hey Joe” and was smoking on all the solos. He also has one of Rock’s strongest voices with a high range he sang one of his own songs “Doin’ what the Devil Says To Do” as well as a Gary Wright cover “Love Is Alive.” Then there is the legendary Billy Sheehan on the bass. His solos are always a highlight of any show. Mike Portnoy’s drumming has for years been amazing and now he has included stick tricks in his playing. It is nice to see Portnoy on a smaller kit than he normally uses so you can see him and he uses every part of it. The Dogs had the house rocking!! Its clear as Mike said “this ain’t no one off” after an hour plus set of so gs from the first lp they introduced a new song in the encore. They also played “Shy Boy” by Talas. No doubt about it the Dogs are here to stay! After Playing Oakland July 1, The Winery Dogs head to the U.K. and Europe and currently have dates until August 3rd.
Review: Staci Amend and Alex Kluft