Richie Kotzen has released the official music video for a new song called "The Damned". The clip, which was shot at Paramount Ranch by director Vicente Cordero, can be seen below.
"Now that I'm off the road, I've been writing and recording quite a bit," Kotzen told Guitar Player. "This time around, the main difference is that I'm using my live band [bassist Dylan Wilson and drummer Mike Bennett] in the studio. We have been a live band for about seven years now, but we really have not done much studio recording together. Rather than wait until all the music is recorded and release an album, I decided to release a series of singles. Maybe it will lead to a full album, maybe not."
Kotzen's latest solo album, "Salting Earth", was released in April 2017 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc.
Last year, Richie told "The Classic Metal Show" that THE WINERY DOGS, his power trio with drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) and legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) was still a going concern. "By no means is it dead — none of us ever said that," he explained. "I know what I said was that the DOGS are sleeping right now. I'm working on my thing, which I've always done — I'm back to doing what I've done my whole life and I'll continue to do that. But at some point, I can easily see us reconnecting and making another record.
"I don't really know where the notion came, 'Oh, the band's over' and all that sort of thing," he continued. "But, like I said, I keep all doors open. I know that Billy [recorded] another MR. BIG record and Mike's always doing something cool and interesting. So once I get done with my album cycle and those guys get done doing what they're doing, I'm sure we'll meet up again and talk about the future of the band."