Mike Portnoy

Wed
02
Aug

SONS OF APOLLO Unites PORTNOY, SHEEHAN, SOTO, SHERINIAN & BUMBLEFOOT

Introducing SONS OF APOLLO!
For the past few months, rumours have been circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Now, the time has come to make the grand and highly anticipated introduction to their new band, SONS OF APOLLO.
Reuniting to form SONS OF APOLLO, Portnoy and Sherinian have joined forces with Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force).
Their debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, will be released 20th October on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. An album teaser can be seen on InsideOutMusic’s YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/kPN2DttzlZQ
 
 

 
 
SONS OF APOLLO got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”
 
“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about SONS OF APOLLO is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity-- a lethal combination!”
 
But what to call the next great supergroup? “Derek was mainly the one behind the name,” says Portnoy. “I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested SONS OF APOLLO and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”
 
Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy & Sherinian shared together in Dream Theater combined with the swagger and groove of Van Halen, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.
 
“I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with Sons of Apollo, I jumped on this straight away,” says Thomas Waber, Label Manager/A&R International of InsideOutMusic. “However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn’t be happier about it!”
 
SONS OF APOLLO will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.
 
“This is a real band,” Portnoy declares. “This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. SONS OF APOLLO is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”
 
Sherinian agrees, “We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring SONS OF APOLLO to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of Music, and we are his mighty offspring!”
 
 
 
Mon
04
Jul

One On One With Mitch Lafon - NEAL MORSE & MIKE PORTNOY

Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
Prog rock legends Mike Portnoy and Neal Morse guest on episode 236 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.
 
 
In the episode's first interview drummer Mike Portnoy discusses The Winery Dogs, working with Twisted Sister, his sobriety and his upcoming performance of Dream Theater's Twelve-Step Suite, Flying Colors and much more.
 
Quote from the Mike Portnoy interview:
 
The Winery Dogs (time 1.21): "We're pretty much winding down this cycle for Hot Streak. It's been eight or nine months on the road at this point so we're kinda wrapping up."
 
Managing his time in multiple bands (2.29): "There's a lot of scheduling involved. I have to keep my eye on it and I have to be real responsible. Basically, whatever gets puts on the calendar gets my time."
 
(time 3.02): "Start of next year will be out with The Neal Morse Band. I'll be out with them for the first four or five months of next year."
 
Discussing his sobriety and the Twelve Step Suite begins at 9.08
 
For more about Mike Portnoy & The Winery Dogs visit:
TWITTER: @MikePortnoy & @TheWineryDogs
 
In this episode's second interview multi-talented instrumentalist Neal Morse discusses his new live album 'The Neal Morse Band - Alive Again', his Inner Circle fan club, friend Mike Portnoy, Spock's Beard, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, his faith and much more.
 
The Neal Morse Interview starts at the 25.43 minute mark
 
For more about about Neal Morse visit:
Twitter: @nealmorse

 

 
Tue
13
Oct

THE WINERY DOGS 'Hot Streak' Makes Chart Impact

Release Year: 
2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
Categories: 
 
THE WINERY DOGS' 'HOT STREAK' ALBUM DEBUTS STRONG ON VARIOUS BILLBOARD CHARTS, INCLUDING
#2 ON "TOP CURRENT ALTERNATIVE ALBUMS' CHART AND #30 ON 'TOP 200 ALBUMS' CHART

October 12, 2015 ' After landing in the Top Five on many of Amazon's pre-order charts, including #1 on the Amazon BestSellers/Hard Rock chart and #1 on the Amazon Pre-Orders/Hard Rock Albums charts, THE WINERY DOGS--Richie Kotzen (vocals, guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), Mike Portnoy (drums)--are now celebrating a HOT STREAK of first week album sales. The trio's second critically-acclaimed album sold 30% more than their 2013 self-titled debut, landing them on various Billboard album charts including #2 on 'Top Current Alternative Albums' and #30 on the 'Top 200 Albums.'  Elsewhere on the Billboard charts:

 
#5                     'Top Current Hard Music'
#5                     'Top Hard Music Albums'
#6                     'Top Current Rock Albums'
#6                     'Album Core / Genre Rock'
#15                   'Top Current Physical Albums'
#16                   'Top Current Albums'
 
HOT STREAK is THE WINERY DOGS' appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, which came out October 2 on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. It was preceded by the first single, 'Oblivion,' which was released to radio August 25 and quickly made its way onto the Top 30 of the Billboard 'Mainstream Rock Tracks' chart.  A double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works and is due out November 13.
 
What better way to spread the word about a new album than with a viral video?  Drummer MIKE PORTNOY highly entertained himself and fans by playing on a Hello Kitty drum kit for Loudwire.com.  On Wednesday, October 7 it was the #1 trending topic on Twitter.
 
After playing over 100 shows worldwide in support of their self-titled debut album, THE WINERY DOGS are back out on the road to get behind HOT STREAK. Shows around the globe are already being planned for 2016.
 
About Loud & Proud Records:
 
Loud & Proud's current roster includes five-time Emmy' Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy' Award winning multi-platinum band Blues Traveler; Grammy' award winning musician, actor and author Rick Springfield; rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident; multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk; Seattle's alternative Walking Papers; critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Labels under Lipsky'sdirection in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for releases by such renowned artists as Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.
 
www.TheWineryDogs.com
www.facebook.com/TheWineryDogs
www.twitter.com/TheWineryDogs
www.youtube.com/user/thewinerydogs
www.loudandproudrecords.com
 
 
Mon
12
Oct

Clone of Noize In The Attic Podcast - THE WINERY DOGS (Mike Portnoy)

Release Year: 
2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Categories: 

"We literally wrote 15 songs of music in 5 days.."
 
Mike Portnoy guests on this week's Noize In The Attic - Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You (www.noizeintheattic.com) on 88.7FM New Haven CT.  Mike talks in depth about the new Winery Dogs album Hot Streak, Twisted Sister, KISS, their feud and so much more!
 
Hear the full episode (the interview starts at 28 minute mark)
 
 
Fri
14
Aug

THE WINERY DOGS Continue Their 'Hot Streak' October 2

Friday, October 2, 2015
Categories: 
 
 
THE WINERY DOGS CONTINUES THEIR ‘HOT STREAK’ WITH NEW ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 2 ON LOUD & PROUD RECORDS
 
August 13, 2015 – The HOT STREAK will continue this fall for THE WINERY DOGS (Richie Kotzen-lead vocals/guitar, Mike Portnoy-drums, Billy Sheehan-bass).  Their second appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, HOT STREAK, is set for release October 2 on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. It will be preceded by the first single, “Oblivion,” set for release August 25 at radio.  A double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works and is due out in early November.
 
After playing over 100 shows in support of their self-titled debut album, THE WINERY DOGS are eager to head back out on the road to get behind HOT STREAK. Their first round of U.S. headlining tour dates will kick off October 3 in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Shows around the globe are already being planned for 2016.
 
HOT STREAK shows the powerfully pedigreed trio’s initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the strum and headbang of “Captain Love” to the propulsive uplifting vibe of “The Bridge” to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of “Fire.” If these three Dogs thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, HOT STREAK barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory.
 
“I feel we’ve taken the band to another level,” explains Richie Kotzen. “The compositions are stronger on this album. I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. We’ve widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward."
 
Mike Portnoy continues, “Everything on this album was more of a collaboration than on the first album. There’s just a natural chemistry. The three of us really mesh very, very well, both musically and personally. The mission of this band is to write catchy songs, and not have the musicianship overpower that.”
 
“I’m glad we’re not playing it safe and just doing songs that automatically fit in the category of what we did on the first record,” Billy Sheehan concludes. “Some of them are a little different, and we definitely took chances. And you have to do that — otherwise, you don’t grow."
 
The trio first exploded onto the Rock scene with their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album that was released July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records and a sold-out worldwide tour.  THE WINERY DOGS debuted on Billboard’s “Top Alternative Albums” chart at #3, “Top Independent Albums” chart at #4, “Top Rock Albums” chart at #5, “Top Internet Albums” at #8 and “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27.
 
Here’s the complete track listing for HOT STREAK:
 
1. Oblivion
2. Captain Love
3. Hot Streak
4. How Long
5. Empire
6. Fire
7. Ghost Town
8. The Bridge
9. War Machine
10. Spiral
11. Devil You Know
12. Think It Over
13. The Lamb
 
Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following tour stops:
 
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
 
Sat 10/3            Ridgefield, CT               Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun 10/4           Jim Thorpe, PA             Penn’s Peak
Mon 10/5          Boston, MA                  Wilbur Theater
Thu 10/8            Glenside, PA                 Keswick Theater
Fri 10/9             Sayreville, NJ                Starland Ballroom
Sat 10/10          New York, NY               Best Buy Theater
Mon 10/12         Atlanta, GA                   Variety Playhouse
Wed 10/14        Jacksonville, FL                        Ponte Verde Concert Hall
Thu 10/15          Tampa, FL                    State Theater
Fri 10/16           Ft. Lauderdale, FL         Culture Room
Sat 10/17          Orlando, FL                   The Plaza Live
Tue 10/22          Nashville, TN                 Wildhorse Saloon
Thu 10/22          Houston, TX                  Pub Fountains
Fri 10/23           Ardmore, OK                 Heritage Hall
Sat 10/24          Dallas, TX                     The Gas Monkey
Tue 10/27          Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Wed 10/28        Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Thu 10/29          St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theater
Sat 10/31          Denver, CO                   Marquis Theater
Mon 11/2          San Jose, CA                Rock Bar
Tue 11/3            Anaheim, CA                 House of Blues
Thu 11/5            Agoura Hills, CA            Canyon Club
Fri 11/6             Beverly Hills, CA           Saban Theater
Sat 11/7            Las Vegas, NV              Vamp’d
Sun 11/8           San Diego, CA              House of Blues
 
About Loud & Proud Records:
 
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy® Award winning multi-platinum band Blues Traveler; Grammy® award winning musician, actor and author Rick Springfield; rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident; multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk; Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers; critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for releases by such renowned artists as Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.
 
 

 

 
Wed
03
Jun

THE WINERY DOGS Enter Studio To Record Follow-Up To Critically Acclaimed Debut

Release Year: 
2015
Thursday, December 31, 2015
 
SET FOR RELEASE THIS FALL ON LOUD & PROUD RECORDS
 
June 2, 2015 - THE WINERY DOGS (Richie Kotzen-lead vocals/guitar, Mike Portnoy-drums, Billy Sheehan-bass) has entered a Los Angeles recording studio to start work on the follow-up to their debut album, which will be self-produced and released in North America this fall on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC.  Details will be announced in the coming months, although fans are already getting news about the band's fall U.S. tour, which is set to kick off October 3 in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse.
 
The trio exploded onto the Rock scene with their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album that was released July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records and a sold-out worldwide tour.  THE WINERY DOGS debuted on Billboard's 'Top Alternative Albums' chart at #3, 'Top Independent Albums' chart at #4, 'Top Rock Albums' chart at #5, 'Top Internet Albums' at #8 and 'Top 200 Albums' chart at #27.
 
"I am thrilled to be back in the studio with MIKE and BILLY recording the second WINERY DOGS record,' proclaims RICHIE KOTZEN.  'I mentioned in an interview months ago that I thought based on how we've grown as a band, that this record could expand creatively beyond what we did on record one.  After only two weeks of recording, I am convinced this sentiment is true.  I can't wait to see where this all goes and share it with our listeners."
"We are excited to unleash THE WINERY DOGS' second album,' says Loud & Proud Owner and President Tom Lipsky.  'The band took the world by storm with their debut album; fans went crazy and musicians and critics voiced their respect. The new album is going to take them to another level, and we are proud to be part of that journey."
 
On April 15, 2014, THE WINERY DOGS released their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album in North America on Loud & Proud Records as two very special editions.  THE WINERY DOGS SPECIAL EDITION is comprised of two-CDs.  Disc 1 is the standard album and Disc 2 is entitled UNLEASHED IN JAPAN 2013, comprised of 10 songs recorded live in Japan during their July '13 tour, including 'Criminal,' a track previously unavailable in the U.S., along with a 16-page booklet of live photos and lyrics.  UNLEASHED IN JAPAN 2013 is also available as a stand-alone digital album.  DOG TREATS: THE WINERY DOGS DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION, a limited edition release, is being sold in a box resembling a box of dog treats, and includes the SPECIAL EDITION collection of music, a DVD featuring four music videos and interview footage, demos from the original recording sessions, a 'studio diary' written by Mike Portnoy, as well as some unique merchandise unavailable elsewhere.
 
The rave reviews poured in once THE WINERY DOGS was initially released:
 
'...filled to the brim with hard-driving rock and roll...the overall effect is something like a proggier Grand Funk Railroad crossed with Soundgarden at their most accessible.' ' Guitar World
'...a modern-rock melting pot of powerhouse hooks and plucking pyrotechnics, informed by '70s classic rock, '90s metal, R&B, and blues, and delivered through Kotzen's nuanced vocals.' ' Bass Player
'The Winery Dogs have chops galore and the maturity to rein in their mad skills with passionate execution.  It's an album melding blues-rock, soulful ballads, and contemporary hard rock with Kotzen bringing the soul in buckets.  Highlights include, 'Desire,' 'Elevate' and 'One More Time.'' ' Music Connection
'The self-titled debut Winery Dogs album is one of the most intriguing releases of the year. The all-star trio has delivered a blistering collection of soaring tunes.' ' Loudwire.com
 
Check out THE WINERY DOGS on tour later this year, with more dates to be added in the coming weeks:
 
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Sat 10/3            Ridgefield, CT               Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun 10/4           Jim Thorpe, PA             Penn's Peak
Mon 10/5          Boston, MA                  Wilbur Theater
Thu 10/8            Glenside, PA                 Keswick Theater
Fri 10/9             Sayreville, NJ                Starland Ballroom
Sat 10/10          New York, NY               Best Buy Theater
Wed 10/14        Jacksonville, FL                        Ponte Verde Concert Hall
Thu 10/15          Tampa, FL                    State Theater
Fri 10/16           Ft. Lauderdale, FL         Culture Room
Sat 10/17          Orlando, FL                   The Plaza
Tue 11/3            Anaheim, CA                 House of Blues
Thu 11/5            Agoura Hills, CA            Canyon Club
Fri 11/6             Beverly Hills, CA           Saban Theater
Sat 11/7            Las Vegas, NV              Vamp'd
Sun 11/8           San Diego, CA              House of Blues
 
About Loud & Proud Records:
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Loud & Proud's current roster includes five-time Emmy Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy Award winning multi-platinum band Blues Traveler; Grammy award winning musician, actor and author Rick Springfield; rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident; multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk; Seattle's alternative Walking Papers; critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for releases by such renowned artists as Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.
 
 
Wed
13
May

METAL ALLEGIANCE Signs With Nuclear Blast Entertainment; Debut Album This Fall

 
After successful appearances at sea on MOT'RHEAD's Mot'rboat and Shiprocked as well as an unforgettable show before NAMM in Anaheim this past January, METAL ALLEGIANCE has signed their first-ever record deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The world-wide deal stems from the popular musical collective uniting to write and record original material this past winter. Brought together by METAL ALLEGIANCE principal partner Mark Menghi, the original material came together from the creative minds of David Ellefson of MEGADETH, Mike Portnoy of THE WINERY DOGS and Alex Skolnick from TESTAMENT alongside Menghi. The four writers then reached out through their metal rolodexes to a diverse lineup of performers, each adding their own personal musical stamp to the collection of nine original songs. More information on the performers and individual track lineups will be released in the near future. The debut album from METAL ALLEGIANCE is slated for release this fall.
 
Nuclear Blast Entertainment President Monte Conner offered up his label as the home for METAL ALLEGIANCE after several meetings. Upon hearing the demos and seeing the list of performers, he felt it was something he wanted to be a part of.
 
'I am incredibly fortunate to be able to work with legendary musicians and personal heroes like David Ellefson, Alex Skolnick and Mike Portnoy, as well as METAL ALLEGIANCE founder Mark Menghi. These guys wrote an amazing and diverse record that is 100% pure metal, and lined up some killer guest vocalists and lead guitarists to bring it home in an epic, shredding fashion - just the leads on this record alone will blow people away!', exclaims Monte Conner, President, Nuclear Blast Entertainment. 'Perhaps the coolest part of all is that unlike similar projects in the past that existed as studio-only creations, METAL ALLEGIANCE were a touring entity first and have now organically evolved into a studio band that makes albums. I am very grateful to these guys for choosing me and the Nuclear Blast team as the vehicle to bring their music to the metal masses.'
 
Stemming from an initial idea in 2011, METAL ALLEGIANCE was born as a way to unite a collection of hard rock and heavy metal's most notable musicians in a setting born under one ideal, a love of music and performing. In 2015, that ideal still holds true and has become the foundation for everything METAL ALLEGIANCE; furthered with the release of the upcoming debut album. While the lineup may change, the passion, the energy and the emotion all remain the same. METAL ALLEGIANCE is more than just a record or a concert, it's an experience and a lifestyle.
 
Previous participants in METAL ALLEGIANCE live events have included: Philip Anselmo/Rex Brown (PANTERA), Joey Belladonna/Frank Bello/Charlie Benante/Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Gary Holt/Kerry King/Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), Chuck Billy/Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Troy Sanders (MASTODON), Mike Portnoy (THE WINERY DOGS) and Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) to name a few. These unforgettable events have also spawned surprise appearances by the likes of Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH), Phil Campbell/Mickey Dee (MOT'RHEAD), Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS).
 
www.metalallegiance.com | facebook.com/metalallegiancetour | instagram.com/metalallegiance | twitter.com/metalallegiance | www.nuclearblast.de/metalallegiance
  
 
Wed
08
Apr

TWISTED SISTER Announce Retirement Plans & Tribute To AJ

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Categories: 
TWISTED SISTER HONORS A.J. PERO WITH TRIBUTE CONCERTS ON THE EAST AND WEST COASTS, WELCOMES NEW DRUMMER
and
ANNOUNCES FAREWELL SHOWS IN 2016 TO MARK 40th ANNIVERSARY
 
New York, NY (April 8, 2015)—It was with heavy hearts that Twisted Sister said goodbye to their drummer A.J. Pero, who passed away on March 20. 
 
Today, Twisted Sister members Dee Snider (vocals), Jay Jay French (guitar), Eddie Ojeda (guitar), and Mark “The Animal” Mendoza (bass),  have announced that world renowned drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob, Winery Dogs) is the replacement for their brother A.J. Pero for all shows this year.
 
To honor Pero’s memory, two shows will take place on the east coast and west coast. The first, on May 30th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, will be filmed for broadcast, DVD, and CD.  The second, for the A.J. Pero family, is scheduled on Saturday, June 13 at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.
 
Additionally, fulfilling all concert obligations that have been made for the remainder of 2015 (in several different countries), Twisted Sister want their fans to know all festival dates that they have been advertised as playing will happen. 
 
Finally, Twisted Sister has made it official that 2016 will formally close the touring chapter of their illustrious and legendary career.  The “Forty and F*ck It” farewell shows celebrates the band’s 40th anniversary with the core line-up of Snider, French, Ojeda and Mendoza.
 
 
Wed
20
Aug

FLYING COLORS Debut First New Video

Flying Colors have released their new video for the song Mask Machine. View it here:
 

 
Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Europe and the U.K. for the band'sSECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label.
The music press acknowledged the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most compelling releases of 2012. Combining the talents including Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy(Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass playerDave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band mixed virtuoso music with melodic songwriting by crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way.
 
Wed
30
Jul

FLYING COLORS Announce Second Nature Album For September

FLYING COLORS
"SECOND NATURE" – THE NEW ALBUM

FEATURING
STEVE MORSE, MIKE PORTNOY, DAVID LARUE,
CASEY MCPHERSON, NEAL MORSE

RELEASED BY MUSIC THEORIES / MASCOT LABEL GROUP
UK/EUROPE RELEASE: 29th SEPTEMBER
NORTH AMERICA RELEASE: 30th SEPTEMBER

TOUR STARTS 2nd OCTOBER WITH DATES IN LOS ANGELES,
CHICAGO, PHILADELPHIA, BARCELONA, MILAN,
TILBERG, FRANKFURT, PRATTELN, LONDON, AND PARIS

Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Europe and the U.K. for the band's SECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label.

The music press acknowledged the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most compelling releases of 2012. Combining the talents including Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band mixed virtuoso music with melodic songwriting by crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way.

Album artwork by designer and illustrator Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Def Leppard)

Executive Producer Bill Evans assembled a team of virtuoso players, a pop singer/songwriter, and the right producer to create sophisticated music that was accessible. Over 100 singer/songwriters were considered for the role. Portnoy pitched the idea of approaching McPherson, a member of the group Alpha Rev, whose 2010 album called ‘New Morning’ dominated the Billboard Top Ten for 17 weeks.

After an hour-long phone call with Evans, the band found their man. As Mike had quite rightly hoped, McPherson went on to prove the ‘X Factor’ that elevated Flying Colors above the norm. "The idea of having an actual singer as opposed to a musician that also sang, really opened up a whole other world," Portnoy told Prog magazine.

Flying Colors (L-R): Steve Morse (guitar, vocals), Mike Portnoy (drums, percussion, vocals), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar),
Dave LaRue (bass, vocals) Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

Classic Rock magazine hailed the band’s debut as "fearless", praising its "Journey-sized choruses" and referencing artists as diverse as The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Doors, Muse, and even Frank Sinatra.  In late 2012, the band toured America and Europe, dazzling fans with Flying Colors originals and selections from the catalogues of the five members.


Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), Steve Morse (guitar, vocals)
Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

Schedules allowing, the protagonists had always viewed Flying Colors as a genuine band as opposed to a side project, hence they began writing a second studio album. From the first writing session to final delivery of the masters in July 2014, the process took almost a year and half, in four distinct stages: writing sessions via Skype in January/February 2013, another burst of writing and recording at Neal Morse’s house in Nashville, a trip to Portnoy’s home that spawned five additional songs, and finally individual recording/arrangement over the internet throughout the spring of 2014.


Dave LaRue (bass, vocals), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals)
Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

This time the band opted to self-produce, with Evans, the man responsible for the concept of Flying Colors, reprising his role as Executive Producer and co-engineer. Besides offering a finely tuned set of ears, Evans would remix a track each time an amendment was made, before sending it onto each band member, allowing closer collaboration by the band.  "There was no repudiation of producer Peter Collins," clarifies Evans, "but the guys had become a family and they wanted to try something different."

 

 

Sporting stunning artwork from the legendary designer Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Whitesnake) and bookended by two tracks of truly epic stature – ‘Open Up Your Eyes’ and the multiple-part ‘Cosmic Symphony’ – the album is every bit as breathtaking as the debut.  Portnoy stresses that the music’s proggier path was "not conscious at all."

 

"Direction was never even discussed," continues Portnoy. "We just did what we do. I think perhaps not having a producer to ‘trim the fat’ possibly led to the songs breathing and expanding a bit more."

"This is an album full of many layers," concludes guitarist Steve Morse. "The more you listen, the more you can hear. It’s an album to keep listening to."

Second Nature showcases a compelling and thought-provoking collection of songs written and performed by musicians at the top of their game.

FLYING COLORS
OCTOBER 2014 TOUR

10/02 LOS ANGELES, CA JAMES ARMSTRONG THEATER Buy Tickets
10/03 CHICAGO, IL ARACDA THEATER Buy Tickets
10/04 PHILADELPHIA, PA KESWICK THEATER  
10/07 BARCELONA, SPAIN RAZZMATAZZ 2 Buy Tickets
10/08 MILAN, ITALY MILAN LIVE CLUB Buy Tickets
10/09 TILBURG, NETHERLANDS 013  
10/11 FRANKFURT, GERMANY BATSCHKAPP Buy Tickets
10/12 PRATTELN, SWITZERLAND Z7 Buy Tickets
10/13 LONDON, UK ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL Buy Tickets
10/14 PARIS, FRANCE ALHAMBRA Buy Tickets

Flying Colors (L-R): Dave LaRue (bass, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar),
Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Mike Portnoy (drums, percussion, vocals),
Steve Morse (guitar, vocals) Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

FLYING COLORS - ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS

Official Website | Facebook | Twitter
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THE WINERY DOGS APPEAR LIVE IN LOS ANGELES

The Winery Dogs Return To Southern California
From Joe Dolan in LA....

Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy kicked off the start of their tour with a So-Cal appearance at the Canyon Club in October of 2013 and it's been a continuous string of appearances at venues far and near since as the band has been around the world twice.  From the day the Winery Dogs CD hit the streets, fans have clamored to get a front row seat to see amazing skills of these top level artists taking the stage, and it was no different on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of June, 2014.  Ticket sales were up, lines were formed and the super group returned to Los Angeles with two shows; Friday at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills and Saturday at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills.

The debut CD by the band marked a smashing freshman release by the band, selling more than 10,000 copies in it's first week and appearing on the Billboard Top 200 chart at number 27; easily establishing the effort as an instant success.  As critics immediately referred to it as a potential one-off and side project, as each member has an individual career, the band has proven the Winery Dogs to be much more than that.

Drummer Mike Portnoy shares, 'It's important for people to know, this isn't the one time one-off side project. This is a real deal! This is a real band for the three of us.'

Since Portnoy's departure from Dream Theater after 27 years on the throne of a band he co-founded in 1985, he's put his unique brand of drumming and percussion on projects including Liquid Tension Experiment, Transatlantic, Adrenaline Mob and Avenged Sevenfold.  As many projects are just that, projects that eventually expire, the Winery Dogs has provided an opportunity for Portnoy to truly showcase himself as a drummer, a songwriter and throughout the songs, even a vocalist.

The show has developed since their first appearance together in October 2013.  The set list offers a few new songs in the mix and keeps the performances fresh and exciting.  Throughout the night, members featured a solo on their respective instruments as well as Kotzen performing a solo acoustic song and playing the piano.  Portnoy also added a personal touch, coming down from behind the kit with a pair of sticks and playing microphone stands, the edge of the stage and assorted equipment on the front of his drum kit.

The set list was planned as follows:

01. Elevate
02. Criminal
03. We Are One
04. One More Time
05. Time Machine
06. Damaged
07. Six Feet Under
08. Hey Joe
09. The Other Side
10. You Saved Me
11. Not Hopeless
12. Doin' What The Devil Says To Do
13. My Love Is Alive
14. I'm No Angel
15. The Dying
16. Desire
17. Oblivion
18. Regret
19. Shy Boy

The band mixed around the set list and kept fans guessing with surprise and delight.

The tour continues with two more California dates up the coast in San Francisco and Oakland and over to the UK, Germany and the Netherlands before returning to the US for the East Coast leg of the tour.

For the most intimate experience available with the band, they are hosting a 4-day event called Dog Camp in Big Indian, NY from July 21st through the 25th.  Details are available on their official website.

Follow the band online, find show dates and get tickets to see them perform by visiting the following links.

Website: www.thewinerydogs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewinerydogs
YouTube: www.youtube.com/thewinerydogs

 

 


 

 
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