Fresh from a 95-date world tour and album release with The Winery Dogs in 2023, Richie Kotzen returns with a brand new single and lyric video called Cheap Shots released today (May 1st). A gloriously powerful slice of guitar-driven and hard-riffin’ heavy rock, with Kotzen’s passionate vocals calling out haters and people who take advantage of others, it pulls no punches and delivers knockout hooks throughout. Watch the lyric video.

“I really never know how, when or where inspiration will strike for a song idea,” explains Kotzen. “I never try to force anything because I know ultimately at some point in time life will hand you a situation and for a guy like myself that is the perfect spark. I’m not someone that likes to outwardly go at it with someone if I feel I was wronged but I certainly use my creative outlet as a song writer to exercise that stuff out of me so I never find myself carrying around resentment or bad vibes. 

So if someone does you wrong, multiple times, then we’re done here. You’re your own worst enemy. I’ve tried to help and now I’m a target? Nope… No thanks… I’m off the bus. My attitude is ‘Get it out. Throw it in the trash where it belongs.’ Move on and forget ‘em. That is really where the song is coming from.

The single, which will be a part of a full-length album to be released later in the year, came together very quickly in March 2024 after a trip back to Kotzen’s hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania.

“It has been quite a while since I have released new solo music and I feel very fulfilled to have come to a place where I’ve got new music I believe in,” continues Kotzen. “Although I find myself writing all the time not always do I feel compelled to share the work. When the story for Cheap Shots came to me I knew I had the perfect lead track to follow up where I left off from my previous record.

Of course I’m thrilled to be able to say I’ve got a new song for you but I’m equally overjoyed to announce the upcoming live dates. In fact, the timing is perfect as we embark on an extensive European tour in June which will end in the UK on July 13th at London’s Islington Assembly Hall. And these dates will most likely spill into a North American Fall tour as well.”

Ahead of Richie Kotzen’s European tour he plays two warm up shows in Southern California in mid-May. Full tour dates are below. Tickets and VIP package links at


May 17 The Canyon Montclair, Montclair, CA

May 18 The Canyon Agoura Hills, Agoura Hills, CA


June 4 Batschkapp, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

June 5 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany

June 6 Rosenhof GmbH, Osnabrück, Germany

June 8 Sweden Rock Festival 2024, Sölvesborg, Sweden

June 9 Pumpehuset, København, Denmark

June 11 Victory Podium, Alkmaar, Netherlands

June 12 Turbinenhalle Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany

June 13 Metropool, Hengelo, Netherlands

June 14 Le Forum, Vaureal, France

June 16 Sala Riviera, Madrid, Spain (Sold Out)

June 17 La Salamandra, Barcelona, Spain

June 20 Rock Imperium Festival 2024, Cartagena, Spain

June 22 Crossroad, Angoulins, France

June 24 Garage, Saarbrucken, Germany

June 25 Große Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany

June 26 F-Haus, Jena, Germany

June 28 Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany

June 29 Amphiteatre, Sokolov, Czechia

June 30 Charita Olomouc, Olomouc 9, Czechia

July 1 Collosseum Club, Košice I, Slovakia

July 4 Dürer Kert, Budapest, Hungary

July 5 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava I, Slovakia

July 6 Metal Park 2024, Romano D’ezzelino, Italy

July 7 Dynamo, Zürich, Switzerland

July 10 Limelight, Belfast, United Kingdom

July 11 Opium Live, Dublin 8, Ireland

July 13 Islington Assembly Hall, London, United Kingdom

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