Friday, December 11, 2015

DVD Review: Get Up Close With Richie Kotzen Live!

Guitarist extraordinaire Richie Kotzen has been non-stop for the past five years, releasing three solo albums and two studio albums with his new supergroup The Winery Dogs. He tours whenever he can, whether solo or with The Winery Dogs, and his latest release is a live video from the end of his 2014-2015 solo tour. The final show the the tour was held in Tokyo, Japan and was captured in high-definition.

He keeps the band as a trio, with Dylan Wilson on bass and Mike Bennett on drums as Kotzen has no trouble handling all of the guitar and singing as it keeps him mostly stationary at the microphone stand throughout the show. He mixes together some of his well-known solo songs like "You Can't Save Me" with new songs from his recently released solo album "Cannibals." The filming is amazing as you get closer to the band than ever before. They cut around the stage very quickly during songs, but that seems to be the norm these days for concert films, instead of sticking with one shot for a longer period of time. Being able to see Kotzen's fingers work the fret bar on his solos are worth the price of this video. 

The trio is tight in their performance of "Help Me" and "Go Faster" as Kotzen may be the star of the stage, but you notice the support he receives from the rest of his band. The intimacy of the location also helps you feel as if you are in the audience, but the closeness that this film get is unparalleled compared to other current concert videos. I hope that The Winery Dogs get some of their live shows filmed in this same way. Imagine following Billy Sheehan's fingers up and down the bass neck, but let's just hold out hope for that. Do yourself a favor and check out "Richie Kotzen Live," which was released back in October through his own Headroom Inc. label. To find out more, please visit

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