Drummer Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, Flying Colors, ex-Dream Theater), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, Talas) and guitarist Richie Kotzen (ex-Poison, ex-Mr. Big) have chosen the name The Winery Dogs for their new band. View their official facebook page here.
An official debut album release for Japan via Victor Entertainment has been confirmed for May, with other territories due to be announced soon.
Watch a video of Mike Portnoy interviewing Richie Kotzen below.
Australia’s Triple M recently conducted a short interview with Eddie and Alex Van Halen. Read it below.
Triple M: Eddie is it true your dad gave you a shot of vodka and a cigarette when you were 12-years-old to help combat nerves?
Eddie: Yes, to help calm my nerves. Worked for him and worked for me for a lot of years, but those days are over now. I quit smoking and quit drinking about five or six years ago. There goes the neighborhood.”
Triple M: Alex, you are an ordained minister?
Alex: I don’t promote it but I don’t deny it. I’m in a rock band so you have to take everything with a grain of salt.
Triple M: Van Halen are actually the band KISS without make-up?
Alex: I think we’re much better looking.
Triple M: Of course, Van Halen hit Australia this April with the old dog, David Lee Roth on vocals. Is it good to have Diamond Dave back in the band?
Alex: It’s like you walk into the studio and we haven’t been together for a while and there’s this overwhelming sense of ‘coming home.’ That’s the best way I can describe it.
All the time we were apart was if it hadn’t existed and we picked up the fisti-cuffs right away. It’s like a pair of jeans that just fit right.
Triple M: Eddie’s son Wolfgang has been playing bass in the band for the past seven years, after replacing original bassist Michael Anthony in 2006.
Eddie: Of course it’s exciting, and he keeps us young.
Alex: It’s good to have a different perspective on the music we recorded 35 years ago. We’re really happy the music has stood the test time and I think having a different generation involved with it gives us a different perspective.
Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer has posted a video for the song Solid Ground, from his solo album, The Way Life Goes, online. Watch it below.
The Way Life Goes will be released on April 30th through Merovee Records.
The Way Life Goes track listing:
1. Solid Ground
2. A Different Light
3. It’s Not Enough
4. Cold Day In Hell
5. Thick And Thin
6. Ask Me Yesterday
7. Fools Paradise
8. The Flower Song
9. Mood Elevator
10. Welcome To My Mind
11. You Showed Me
12. Ain’t That A Bitch
13. The Way Life Goes
The version of Queensryche fronted by Todd La Torre have released their first track with the new vocalist called Redemption. Hear it below.
The band, who fired singer Geoff Tate last year, will release their next album on June 10th via Century Media.
Bassist Eddie Jackson recently said, “Queensryche is excited to begin writing this next chapter in our career with Century Media. We are pleased to call them partners on this journey. We are also thankful for all of the fans who have supported us from day one and helped us to get where we are today.”
Tate has formed his own version of Queensryche following a court ruling that allows both parties to use the name until a final decision in November. His band will play 1988 classic album Operation: Mindcrime in full on tour in April in the US, while La Torre’s version of the band tour the UK.