Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - Collective Soul, Lit and Poison

Collective Soul, Lit and Poison guest on this episode of Westwood One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Former L.A. Guns bassist, Adam Hamilton, co-hosts.
Our first interview is with Collective Soul bassist Will Turpin. He talks about his love for KING'S X, his new solo album Serengeti Drivers, frontman Ed Roland, the Rock & Roll Express Tour with 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul Live (the album), songwriting, their upcoming new album, Collective Soul being Ed's thing, Woodstock 1999 and much more. 
Our second interview is with LIT's Jeremy Popoff. We talk about the Nashville influence on their new album These Are The Days, the GEN-X summer tour (with Buckcherry, P.O.D. & Alien Ant Farm), we remember drummer Allen Shellenberger, the importance of social media, re-releasing the albums View From The Bottom and The Black Album (2004's self-titled Lit album) with bonus tracks, the band ODIN, growing up as hardcore metalheads (Iron Maiden, Metallica, Dokken), the upcoming 20th anniversary of A Place In The Sun, his parents, the lost tour with KISS, and more.
And to end the show we speak with POISON's RIKKI ROCKETT (starts at approx. the 1hr 32 minutes mark). We discuss the band's current Nothin' But A Good Time 2018 Tour with CHEAP TRICK, his health, 30th anniversary of Open Up And Say... Ahh!, his Rockett Vlog, why no new Poison music - is Bret to blame?, a possible Las Vegas residency, C.C. DeVille's guitar chops, producer Tom Werman, the set list, new Devil City Angels music & new single 'Testify' and much more. 
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LOS ANGELES (Feb. 6, 2018) -- Music fans wanting a little variety with their summer tour package will get that very thing with the “Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour. Iconic rock band POISON, with all original members, will be joined by CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL on its trek across the U.S. this summer. The tour is set to launch May 18 in Irvine, CA at Five Points Amphitheatre.
Check out this video to learn more about the “Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour: https://youtu.be/3Hdu4_ha66Q.
Produced by Live Nation, tickets for various cities will go on sale starting Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10. Each band will be offering their own exclusive VIP packages and meet & greet opportunities beginning February 6 at 12pm local time. POISON will be offering direct-to-fan access to the best seats in the house via their own exclusive pre-sales at PoisonOfficial.com for access to exclusive content, ticket pre-sales and VIP packages. VIP Packages for CHEAP TRICK will be available for all dates, details for which can be found at www.CheapTrick.com. POP EVIL will also be offering VIP meet & greets at PopEvilVIP.com. For more information about the “Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour, please visit Livenation.com.
The bands are fired up to make the journey across the U.S. together. Bret Michaels, POISON lead singer and noted philanthropist says, “The all original POISON is headlining again this summer. It’s going to be a mega concert and party combined. We will be playing all the hits and bringing high energy rock and roll good times. I promise this will be awesome. My friends CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL will be joining us as well as some special guests on select dates. Again, I know all the bands with all the hits will be giving 1000%!!! Over the last years, POISON has got to co-headline with some great bands:  Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name a few, but I promise again, C.C., Bobby, Rikki and myself together will bring NOTHING BUT A GOOD TIME!!!”
“POISON is a just great American Rock and Roll Band,” declares Bob Roux, President of U.S. Concerts, Live Nation. “Along with CHEAP TRICK, this show is going to be Nothing But A Good Time –  The Full Tilt Party of the Summer. POISON and CHEAP TRICK always deliver the goods.”
Rick Nielsen, CHEAP TRICK (lead guitar) proclaims, "Another Poison/Cheap Trick Tour!!! It’s always been FUN with these guys!"
While POP EVIL singer Leigh Kakaty concludes, “This summer is going to be an exciting one for POP EVIL, that’s for sure! What a fantastic opportunity to bring our live show across the country on the big stage with such legends like POISON and CHEAP TRICK.”
POISON, fronted by reality TV superstar Bret Michaels (lead vocals/guitar), Bobby Dall (bass), Rikki Rockett (drums), CC Deville (guitars) is known around the world for their high energy, big hits, live show and is one of America's legendary Rock bands. They have sold over 40 million albums and DVDs worldwide and have sold over 15 million records in the United States alone. POISON, whose career has spanned over 25 years, may be one of the most successful independent bands to have such a long multi-Platinum career. Proof that their have fun, but get it done attitude does just that. They’ve released seven studio albums, four live albums, five compilation albums, and have issued 28 singles to radio. They’ve charted 12 singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard “Hot 100,” including six Top 10 singles "Nothin’ But A Good Time," "Talk Dirty To Me," "Unskinny Bop," and "Something To Believe In,” as well as the #1 smash hit, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Their breakthrough debut album, the multi-Platinum LOOK WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN, was released in 1986 and they hit their peak with the second album, OPEN UP AND SAY... AHH!, which became the band's most successful album, being certified five times Platinum in the U.S. The popularity continued into the new decade with their third consecutive multi-Platinum selling album, FLESH & BLOOD. In the 1990s following the release of the band's first live album, SWALLOW THIS LIVE, the band experienced some lineup changes, but despite that, the band's fourth studio album, NATIVE TONGUE, still achieved Gold status and the band's first compilation album, POISON'S GREATEST HITS: 1986–1996, went double Platinum. In the 2000s, with the original lineup back together, the band found new popularity after a successful greatest hits reunion tour in 1999.The band celebrated their 20-year anniversary with “The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock” tour and album, which was certified Gold and marked POISON's return to the Billboard Top 20 charts for the first time since 1993. Throughout the years, Bret Michaels has released several chart topping solo albums and starred in some of the highest rated, record breaking reality TV shows on NBC, ABC and VH1. A philanthropist, the type 1 diabetic, Michaels has donated a portion of the proceeds from his latest single, “Jorja Bleu,” to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and through is Life Rocks Foundation supports many other charitable causes. After more than 30 years, the band is still recording music and performing live to audiences around the world.
CHEAP TRICK: Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar) and Tom Petersson (bass guitar) are part of the very fiber of American music, inspiring and delighting generations with their unique union of massive melodies and razorblade riffs, their own special brand of mischievous wit and maximum rock ‘n’ roll. Since the ‘70s, they’ve been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable. With timeless classics such as “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender,” CHEAP TRICK, now with drummer Daxx Nielsen, are a musical institution. The Rockford, IL band is as vital today as ever, having released three records in the last three years -- BANG ZOOM CRAZY...HELLO (2016), WE’RE ALL ALRIGHT (2017) and CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS (2017) –and toured relentlessly to packed audiences around the world. 2016 saw CHEAP TRICK's long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The induction honored both the band and the pioneering sound that has earned them total record sales well in excess of 20 million featured appearances and more than 40 international Gold and Platinum certifications. 2017’s WE'RE ALL ALRIGHT! was yet another undisputed triumph for the band as the album's first single, "Long Time Coming," enjoyed an unprecedented run of 18 weeks at #1 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart.
POP EVIL:  Leigh Kakaty (vocals), Dave Grahs (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Nick Fuelling (lead guitar, backing vocals), Matt DiRito (bass, backing vocals), Hayley Cramer (drums)—will release their fifth self-titled album February 16 on Entertainment One. Produced by Kato Khandwala, POP EVIL captures Kakaty and his bandmates at their most inspiring. Every song on the album offers a different spin on the concept behind the band’s name and in an era when many rock bands create a few strong singles, and six or seven less memorable songs and call it an album. POP EVIL is all killer, no filler – the best 11 songs culled from 30 demos. It’s a surging, contemporary sounding release that incorporates metal, alternative, hard rock and even some electronic music. In the wake of the band’s peppy, upbeat 2015 album UP, which debuted #1 on the Independent Artist Billboard Album Chart, it went on to produce their biggest single to date, “Footsteps.” It’s a wake-up call, a musical rebirth that inspired the band to self-title the release, partially since they’d never done so. ONYX the bands best-selling album to date was POP EVIL’s breakthrough album that features three straight #1 Rock Singles, “Trenches”, “Deal with the Devil” and “Torn To Pieces.” Their first album, LIPSTICK ON THE MIRROR, came out in 2008 (leading to iTunes naming them "Top New Artists of '08"), and while it introduced listeners to the band’s core sound with well-received singles like “Hero” and “100 in a 55,” POP EVIL has grown exponentially since then.
Check out the “Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour at any of the following stops. 
DATE               CITY                             VENUE            
Fri 5/18             Irvine, CA                      Five Points Amphitheatre
* Sat 5/19          Las Vegas, NV              The Joint
* Sun 5/20           Reno, NV                      Grand Sierra Resort
Tue 5/22            Salt Lake City, UT          USANA Amphitheatre
Wed 5/23          Denver, CO                   Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Fri 5/25             Kansas City, KS            Sprint Center
* Sat 5/26          St. Louis, MO                Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Thu 5/31            Nashville, TN                 Ascend Amphitheatre
* Sat 6/2           Dallas, TX                     Toyota Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
* Sun 6/3           Houston, TX                  Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
* Tue 6/5           Atlanta, GA                   Verizon Amphitheatre
Thu 6/7             Indianapolis, IN             Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
* Fri 6/8             Detroit, MI                     DTE Energy Music Theatre
* Sat 6/9           Chicago, IL                   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
* Sun 6/10         Cincinnati, OH               Riverbend Music Center
* Tue 6/12         Cleveland, OH               Blossom Music Center
Wed 6/13          Syracuse, NY                Lakeview Amphitheatre
Thu 6/14            Hartford, CT                  The Xfinity Theatre
Fri 6/15             Gilford, NH                   Bank of NH Pavilion
* Sun 6/17         Bristow, VA                   Jiffy Lube Live
Tue 6/19            Toronto, ONT.               The Budweiser Stage
* Thu 6/21         Wantagh, NY                 Northwell Health at Jones Beach
Fri 6/22             Bethel, NY                    Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
* Sat 6/23          Holmdel, NJ                  PNC Bank Arts Center
Sun 6/24           Allentown, PA               PPL Center
* POISON, CHEAP TRICK, to be announced

RICHIE KOTZEN ‘Salting Earth’ 21st Solo Album Due April 14

Friday, April 14, 2017
February 9, 2017 -- RICHIE KOTZEN has never been an artist known for playing by the rules. And for this ever-adventurous triple-threat songwriter/guitarist/vocalist, that meant putting on the brakes after a nonstop flurry of band-related activity in order to refuel the creative process for the ten heartfelt and hard-hitting songs that comprise his new, vibrant 21st solo album, SALTING EARTH, out April 14 via his own custom label, Headroom-Inc.
KOTZEN tossed convention on its ear by actually taking one step back in order to move two steps forward. “It’s something I really needed to do in order to reset myself,” he explains.
Kotzen’s “charge to recharge” was officially put into play following the mega-success of the 2015–16 tour behind his band The Winery Dogs’ sophomore effort, the oh-so-appropriately named HOT STREAK. And the man’s reset manifesto wound up hitting all the right buttons too. The proof is on display deep within the grooves of SALTING EARTH, which veers from the balls-out, heads-up declaration of the opening track and first single, “End of Earth,” to the burning-sky harmonic thrust of “Thunder” to the Prince-like funk-jazz swing of “This Is Life” to the acoustified take-me-as-I-am self-reflection of the album’s final song, “Grammy.”
The majority of SALTING EARTH is the result of KOTZEN’s one-man production machine, with the exception of Julia Lage adding background vocals to “Make It Easy,” a tasty, sing-along groove stew. “It’s really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly I’m the only performer on it,” Kotzen admits. “It actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas. It started back in the late-’80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents’ barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, I’d have to figure out how to do it alone.”
KOTZEN’s previous solo release, 2015’s diverse, far-reaching CANNIBALS, was a well-received hit among his core fan base, and SALTING EARTH cuts like the aforementioned “End of Earth,” “Thunder,” and “Divine Power” all showcase the scorching guitar solos and soaring vocals that one would expect from a KOTZEN solo album. That said, there’s also quite a vulnerable side on display here that’s perhaps best demonstrated in the stripped-down approach to the album’s closing salvo, “Grammy.”
“That song came to me in the oddest way at the most inconvenient time,” he reveals of the track that can be filed in the “first thought, best thought” category. One night when he was home alone, “I basically woke myself up with the chorus melody in my head, and in my haze, I knew that if I didn’t at least record the idea, it would be forever lost. I ended up programming a simple drum beat, and then recorded the acoustic guitar. The lyrics pretty much wrote themselves. By 6 in the morning, the song was finished. I was going to do more overdubs, but I kept playing it over and over, and I just felt like there was something so personal coming out of the speakers. By messing with it, I’d likely destroy the magic — so I left it as it is.”
Bringing SALTING EARTH live to the people is KOTZEN’s next holy mission. “My real outlet is touring — playing live as much as I can, wherever I can, whenever I can,” he says enthusiastically. “It’s one of the few things you can’t copy, steal, or download. It’s an engaging human experience that’s a give-and-take between both the performer and the audience, and there is nothing else like it on this earth.”
KOTZEN will launch his “Salting Earth Tour” on April 21 at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA. He and his band are planning to tour extensively throughout the U.S. and continue their journey into Mexico, South America, and Europe. A complete list of international tour dates will be posted on KOTZEN’s official website and social media pages.
Here’s the complete track listing of SALTING EARTH:
1. End of Earth
2. Thunder
3. Divine Power
4. I’ve Got You
5. My Rock
6. This Is Life
7. Make It Easy
8. Meds
9. Cannon Ball
10. Grammy
Check out RICHIE KOTZEN at any of the following U.S. stops:
DATE               CITY                                         VENUE
Fri 4/21             Agoura Hills, CA                        Canyon Club
Sat 4/22            Pasadena, CA                           The Rose
Sun 4/23           San Juan Capistrano, CA           Coach House
Tue 4/25            San Diego, CA                          Brick By Brick
Fri 4/28             Las Vegas, NV                          Vamp’d
Sat 4/29            Scottsdale, AZ                          BLK Live
Mon 5/1            Denver, CO                               Oriental Theatre
Wed 5/3            Moline, IA                                 Rascal’s Live
Thu 5/4             St. Charles, IL                           Arcada Theatre
Fri 5/5               Westland, MI                             The Token Lounge
Sun 5/7             Whitesburg, KY                         Appalshop Theater
Tue 5/9             Pittsburgh, PA                          Altar Bar
Thu 5/11            New York, NY                           B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Sat 5/13            Annapolis, MD                          Rams Head On Stage
Sun 5/14           New Hope, PA                          Havana New Hope
Wed 5/17          Bethlehem, PA                          Musikfest Café

One On One With Mitch Lafon - RIKKI ROCKETT (Poison)

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POISON drummer Rikki Rockett guests on Ep. 244 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.
In the show's only interview, POISON drummer Rikki Rockett discusses his recent cancer scare and the treatment that led to him being declared cancer free.
For more information on cancer immunotherapy trials at Moores Cancer Center, call 858-657-7000.
Quote from the interview: Immunotherapy (time 17.00): "It's the wave of the future. It's where oncology is going because it really could spell a cure."
Twitter: @RikkiRockett
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RikkiRockett



BRET MICHAELS - True Grit (Review)

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There are so many good releases around in all genres of music, and a lot of positive reviews from fans and right here from me. So it’s great to have something as reliable as a Bret Michaels solo album to help balance the scales.
As regular as a high fiber diet and consisting of the same resultant deposit, Bret’s solo musical output is thrust upon us each year, with every new project recycling at least half of the album before and if we’re truly lucky, it’s all recycled, giving us the opportunity to recall just how shite the rock n roll rancher really is.
True Shit Grit is the musical equivalent of a well-matured cowboy compost.
Having a third go at becoming a cowpoke, Bret rolls out the regulars in a move so devoid of creativity, Barney the Dinosaur would assign an ‘F’ to this project.
F for Flogging a dead horse that is.
App Song (from Jammin’) is here; Nothing To Lose (from Jammin’ & Custom Built) is here; so too is Open Road (from Custom Built and Freedom of Soul); Rock My Country and Looking For A Good Time of course (from Freedom of Sound); Fallen (from Jammin’); oh, and don’t forget Raine (how could you, it’s been on Songs Of Life, Jammin With Paid Guests and Freedom of Sound).
If that’s not enough repetitiveness for you, try out that rarely covered tune Sweet Home Alabama (Jammin’); What I Got (Custom, Jammin’); Stay With Me (Songs Of Life, Ballads Blues…); and of course, those great old country megahits Nothing But A Good Time, Talk Dirty To Me, Unskinny Bop, Something To Believe In and that never heard before Every Rose Has It’s Thorn – all of those songs also included from the Sponging Off Friends album.
Of course these are all NEW versions, so it’s ok to roll them out all over again (and again and again). Just add steel guitar and a few more banjo’s and you get the idea.
Lamer than a 3-legged Llama, Bret Michaels has managed to hit a new low with this tossed together, cheaply recorded, countrified compilation package. No rock fan is going to want this and I can’t see what country fan would either.
Bret – it’s time to put the horse in the stables, you’ve rode your last (solo) rodeo.
If ANY of these songs are rehashed ever again, I will be forced to take the ‘Pointless Releases For Suckers’ trophy from Tom Scholz and hand it over.

Double Stop Podcast - Producer TOM WERMAN

Monday, April 27, 2015
This week on the Double Stop Podcast is Producer Tom Werman.
Tom walks us through his legendary producing career, from Cheap Trick to Motley Crue, and Twisted Sister to Dokken. He talks about his early days in music, and his rise to famed music Producer multiple hit records under his belt.
He also addresses criticism by Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister and Motley Crue over his production style, and discusses his challenges working with George Lynch on the "Tooth and Nail" CD.
He also covers the film Rock Star, and how helpful Jeff Pilson was in the studio. And finally, we discuss his retirement from the music business, and his latest venture - a luxury Bed & Breakfast in Massachusetts called Stoneover Farm.




Monday, October 27, 2014

This past Thursday Night, Totally Driven Radio celebrated a milestone with their 100th episode, and they celebrated it in style with a 3 plus hour show, with 15 guests, who were past guests and now friends of Totally Driven Radio, We had reality stars from Dating Naked,  and Masterchef,  we had Guitarist Bumblefoot from Guns n Roses, as well as Tracii Guns & Rikki Rockett from Devil City Angels, actress from Last American Virgin and more, Diane Franklin, as well as actor Robert LaSardo, and Kitchen Nightmares mega Stars Samy & Amy Bouzaglo from Amy's Baking Company, and this was just the tip of the iceberg.

We spoke with former LA Guns guitarist and current Devil City Angels guitarist, Tracii Guns who was with bandmate & Poison drummer Rikki Rocket & Brandon Gibbs

Tracii, Rikki & Brandon Calls in at the 41 min mark to congratulate us on our 100th episode Milestone

**The boys call in from a tour stop in Minnesota
**They talked about the tour, and how fun it has been and when the debut album will be released around April Fool's Day 2015
**Tracii asked Rikki when Poison is touring
**Then Tracii was making jokes that David Lee Roth will front Poison
**Than Tracii & Rikki make jokes about a couple LA Guitarist

Tracii & Rikki hang with us for almost 10 minutes.

Listen to the show here - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/totallydriven/2014/10/24/totally-driven-rad...

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RICHIE KOTZEN 'Essential' 2CD Release Out Today

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September 2, 2014 -- Guitarist/singer/songwriter RICHIE KOTZEN released THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN today on Loud & Proud Records. To celebrate his newest project, he's hitting the U.S. concert trail starting November 1 in Annapolis, MD at Rams Head Tavern.  Before then, he'll be spending September and most of October on a headlining tour which will take him through Europe and Mexico.

THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN is a two-CD and DVD career retrospective set that encompasses this iconic talent's entire career of his most essential work:  classic material; acoustic performances; bootleg material; and two brand new songs ('War Paint' and 'Walk With Me').  The DVD features music videos, acoustic performances, and bootleg material.  A new official video for 'War Paint' will premiere on MusicRadar.com later this week.  In the meantime, the video for 'Walk With Me' (filmed entirely on KOTZEN's iPhone) can be found on his official YouTube page.
Fans can check out exclusive full album streams of each disc on VH1 Classic/MTV.com and GuitarWorld.com.
KOTZEN personally curated THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN from his 18 solo albums in order to give listeners the most comprehensive, cohesive, and concise introduction to his extensive body of work.  'I've really changed and grown as an artist and as a person,' he says.  'I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist.'
Rave reviews of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN have already started to surface:
'KOTZEN is an artist with a centered musical philosophy anchored by soulful music and a perfectionist's attention to craft... THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN is an excellent career retrospective by an underrated songwriter.'  (Oscar Jordan, Vintage Guitar)
'The extensive combo perfectly captures his dynamic musicianship, his jaw-dropping guitar solos, and his tangy blend of rock, blues, and soul, and will encourage listeners to discover more of his work...'  (Bear Frazer, Arena.com)
'RICHIE KOTZEN is one on the most ridiculous guitar players alive today...If you have only heard RICHIE in other bands (or have no clue who he is) then you really need to hook yourself up and give him his due. RICHIE has an incredibly soulful voice and did I mention his guitar solos are other worldly?  Get the book of his musical life and discover some magic.'  (Jason Lally, Realrockreport.com)
Check out RICHIE KOTZEN at any of the following stops, with more dates to be added in the coming weeks on all of his official websites:
DATE               CITY                             VENUE

Sat 11/1            Annapolis, MD              Rams Head Tavern
Mon 11/3          Londonderry, NH           Tupelo Music Hall
Tue 11/4            Boston, MA                  Wilbur Theater
Wed 11/5          New York, NY               B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Fri 11/7             Poughkeepsie, NY        The Chance
Sat 11/8            Reading, PA                 Building 24
Sun 11/9           New Haven, CT              Toad's Place
Tue 11/11          Pittsburgh, PA              Altar Bar
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.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for new releases by Neil Young, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  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, supergroup rock band 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.  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/Edel AG. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.


One on One with Mitch Lafon - RICHIE KOTZEN & NITA STRAUSS

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


In episode 40 of One On One with Mitch Lafon. Mitch is joined by Talking Metal host, Mark Strigl. This episode features interviews with THE WINERY DOGS’ Richie Kotzen, and Nita Strauss from Alice Cooper’s band.

In our first interview, Richie Kotzen discusses his new album ‘The Essential Richie Kotzen’ which features a brilliant acoustical take on the POISON classic ‘Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice), his time in Poison, his time in MR. BIG, his plans for an upcoming solo album, working with The Winery Dogs and much more.

Our second interview is with Alice Cooper guitarist, Nita Strauss. She discusses touring & getting the gig with Alice Cooper, the late Dick Wagner, her new web site www.nitastrauss.com and much more

For More Richie Kotzen visit: http://www.richiekotzen.com ;http://www.thewinerydogs.com and on TWITTER: @Richie_Kotzen

For more about Nita Strauss visit: http://www.nitastrauss.com and on TWITTER: @hurricanenita

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This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the MelodicRockFest 4 - taking placee October 3rd and 4th in Arlington Heights, Illinois and features performance by Mitch Malloy, Heaven’s Edge, 7th Heaven, Talon, Paul Laine, Bombay Black, Johnny Lima and many more.

For tickets and more information visit: http://www.melodicrockfest.com

For more about the KISS 40th Anniversary Tribute album for Palliative care (that Mitch organized) visit iTunes:http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/world-heroes-kiss-tribute/id716859684and the upcoming A World With Heroes EP featuring 6 brand new songs:https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/world-heroes-ep-kiss-tribute/id909198329

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RICHIE KOTZEN to Release 'The Essential' 2CD Set on Loud & Proud

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


 July 14, 2014 -- When RICHIE KOTZEN plays his guitar, you know it's him.  The guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter possesses an inimitable style that's both instantly recognizable and immediately striking.  This unique style courses through THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN, a career retrospective collection set for release September 2 on Loud & Proud Records.  It encompasses this iconic talent's entire career of his most essential work and includes two CDs of classic material, acoustic performances, bootleg material and two brand new songs ('War Paint' and 'Walk With Me'), and a DVD of music videos, acoustic performances and bootleg material.  A three-song sampler, including the two new songs along with 'Lie To Me,' is being serviced to rock radio stations later this month.  Fans can pre-order the album at http://bit.ly/1oXRsUX.
KOTZEN personally curated THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN from his 18 solo albums in order to give listeners the most comprehensive, cohesive and concise introduction to his extensive body of work.  'I've really changed and grown as an artist and as a person,' he says.  'I hand-selected songs so newcomers can get into my music and learn who I am as a recording artist.'
'War Paint' builds from an opening bluesy riff into a bombastic chorus punctuated by KOTZEN's gravelly delivery and impeccable lead playing.  He explains, 'It was a challenge to make a studio recording sound like a live band with only one musician playing all the instruments.  I think I accomplished that on this track.'  At the same time, 'Walk With Me' sees KOTZEN evolving once more and incorporating a Theremin, an antique electronic instrument, into an emotive and engaging anthem.  'There was a specific sound I was hearing in the song,' he reveals.  'I realized it was a Theremin, so I bought one.  I spent a couple of weeks learning it.  I used that where the lead guitar would normally go.  It was a really rewarding departure for me.'
With his guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, RICHIE KOTZEN has built a remarkably diverse 20 year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.  During that span, KOTZEN toured with his trio extensively outside the United States, building a loyal fan base and selling out shows throughout Europe, Latin America, and Japan.  In 1996, Fender guitars honored him with not one, but two signature model guitars.  His signature model Telecaster is available worldwide and continues to be a top seller for the brand.  In 2006, KOTZEN received one of his biggest personal honors when The Rolling Stones chose him to open up a string of Japanese shows placing him in front of some of his biggest crowds to date.  He has not only built an incredibly successful solo career, but has also found himself writing, recording and playing live with a variety of different artists, including Jazz legends Stanley Clarke and Lenny White.  He currently plays guitar and fronts the band The Winery Dogs with bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy (the band's self-titled debut album debuted at #27 on the Billboard 'Top 200 Albums' chart).  
With his 20
th full-length solo album on the horizon for 2015 as well as countless gigs, RICHIE KOTZEN's legacy is only continuing to expand.  'When you perform, record or write, you go to a different place,' he concludes.  'It's another world. I love hearing people react to the music and lyrics.  That's the ultimate reward.'
Stay tuned for solo touring news, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Here's the complete track listing of THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN:
1. War Paint *
2. Walk With Me *
3. Love Is Blind
4. Go Faster
5. Fooled Again
6. OMG (What's Your Name?)
7. Help Me
8. Bad Situation
9. Lie To Me *
10. Fear
11. You Can't Save Me
12. Doing What The Devil Says To Do
13. Remember (Reprise)
* never before released *
1. What Is (2014)
2. High (2014)
3. Change (2014)
4. Special (2014)
5. Paint It On (Acoustic Version)
6. Holding On (Acoustic Version)
7. Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice) - (Acoustic Version)
8. The Road (Acoustic Version)
9. Regret (Original Demo Version)
10. Damaged (Original Demo Version)
1. Walk With Me (2014)
2. Paying Dues (2009)
3. 24 Hours (2011)
4. Larger Than Life (2009)
5. Losing My Mind (2005)
6. Help Me (2012)
7. Chase It (2008)
8. Player (2011)
9. The Shadow (2011)
10. My Angel (2011)
11. I Would (2008)
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.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for new releases by Neil Young, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  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, supergroup rock band 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.  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/Edel AG. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.




Monday, June 23, 2014

This week on the show is Richie Kotzen. He explains how he got his start in music (and his first record deal with Shrapnel), the huge impact Steve Smith had on his first cd, how he ended up with titles he hated on some of his solo albums, he covers his time in Poison, Mr. Big and Vertu, as well as his "do it yourself" attitude in terms of recording, distribution and music videos, and talks about his just completed new solo album which will be released on "Loud & Proud" in North America (as well as a "Best Of" release).






Tuesday, June 10, 2014

This week Double Stop chats with producer/writer/musician Richie Zito.

We cover him being signed to Atlantic Records at the age of 15, playing with Elton John, Rick James, Beach Boys, and Ringo, and Producing Heart, The Cult, Poison and Richie Kotzen. And that’s just scratching the surface. We Hear Riche Zito talk about his entire career, and why he is still obsessed with the guitar.

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