Pittsburgh Event

THE WINERY DOGS Feat: Portnoy, Sheehan & Kotzen @Altar Bar 10/21!

Three musical legends come to Pittsburgh October 21 at Altar Bar as they perform under the moniker The Winery Dogs…

THE WINERY DOGS was self-produced and mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour, Steel Panther).  It features a classic rock/power trio sound which seamlessly melds the immense talents of the three veteran rockers.

Touted as one of the best guitar players in the world, RICHIE KOTZEN also possesses a voice on par with some of the greatest rock/soul singers and is highly regarded as a gifted songwriter.  With guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, Kotzen has built a remarkably diverse 20-year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.  A prolific songwriter, Richie has written several songs that have gone on to become hit singles around the world and he continues to appear in countless books, magazines and websites, being acknowledged as one of the top guitarists in the world.

MIKE PORTNOY is one of the founding members of Dream Theater, with whom he played drums for 25 years, selling more than 10 million copies worldwide.  Portnoy’s long list of awards include 26 Modern Drummer magazine Reader’s Poll Awards, including Hall of Fame Inductee in 2004, MVP of the Year in 2010, Best Progressive Rock Drummer (for the magazine’s record of 12 years in a row), Best Clinician (twice), Best Educational Video/DVD and Best Recorded Performance of the Year (seven times) while in Dream Theater and Avenged Sevenfold.  He also holds the distinction being the second youngest drummer ever inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame (at age 37) and is currently the youngest in the magazine’s Hall of Fame.  DRUM! Magazine named him Drummer Of The Year for the last two years in a row (2011 & 2012), and he won the Revolver Golden Gods Award for “Drummer Of The Year” in 2011.

As a founding member of Mr. Big, BILLY SHEEHAN forged his place in hard rock history.  Mr. Big’s trademark virtuosic musicianship with stellar vocal harmonies and earned them numerous hit songs, including the ubiquitous “To Be With You,” which was a Billboard Hot 100 #1 single in 15 countries, propelling the band to major international success and record sales in the multi-millions.  Sheehan was voted the “Best Rock Bass Player” 5 times in Guitar Player magazine’s Readers Poll, earning him a spot in their “Gallery of Greats” along with Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee, Eddie Van Halen and more, and he has won several Reader’s polls around the world.  He won the prestigious Player magazine (Japan’s #1 Music mag) Reader’s Poll for Best Bass Player an unprecedented 14 consecutive times and Burrn!magazine’s (Japan’s #1 heavy metal mag) Readers’ Poll five times.  His hands and signature are preserved in cement on the Rockwalk at Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA.

photo: Markus Cuff

photo: Markus Cuff