Monday, August 24, 2015

The Winery Dogs - Hot Streak (2014-2015..+Tour: Congrats MILWAUKEE! *shrug*)

8/24/15 11:04PM

"Oblivion" streaming on b-mouth

8/13/15 2:05PM
Just mainly passing this along as I know some folks who may or do find this blog are fans of The Winery Dogs and Portnoy's of course.

I guess my take is, I will listen to this album, even though the 1st album I never really got attached to, which from memory, it was sort of long in that it had like 15 or more songs? I forget.

But the other thing I'll as tactfully add here about this is, the tour dates below of course continues Mike Portnoy's STREAK of  missing Minnesota, LOL.

Avenged Sevenfold in 2010? or possibly even Dream Theater in 2009? being the last time he played a concert of any kind in Minnesota. Purely coincidence? Routing? Promoters? $$$$$$$$$$$???

I dunno, even tho for what it's worth, I've seen The Winery Dogs vinyl at multiple Half Price Books in my hometown.

Congratulations to Milwaukee for getting 2 shows back-2-back, instead of 1 of them coming here, lol. (At a Casino no less?)

Ironic how Steven Wilson now comes here, yet Portnoy doesn't?

(I don't believe this, but the conspiracy theorist--in me wonders if the  promoters in Minnesota had to find another prog musician to boycot****and yes, I realize some Portnoy's bands who have toured are not doing prog***/not care to shell out the cash due to not having enough confidence in ticket sales for a show IN ADVANCE).

But I hope the Milwaukee fans get a cool treat, as I imagine they will mix up the setlist for both shows there.

From Mike Portnoy's Facebook (and I'm sure a number of others sites, including


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 and Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via ear MUSIC. 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 and 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:

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