SMITH/KOZTEN RELEASE VIDEO FOR THEIR FOURTH SINGLE, “SOLAR FIRE,” FROM THEIR DEBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM WHICH WAS RELEASED ON MARCH 26TH
Solar Fire, released today (June 25th) is the fourth single from Adrian Smith & Richie Kotzen’s critically acclaimed debut project, Smith/Kotzen which was released globally through BMG on March 26th and immediately became a Top 20 album chart success in the U.K. and reached No. 10 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart in the U.S. The song features Adrian’s fellow Iron Maiden bandmate, Nicko McBrain on drums.
The accompanying video was shot in Los Angeles in April where Richie and Adrian sang and performed together in the same room for the first time since recording the album in Turks & Caicos back in January 2020. The resulting visual chemistry showcases two world class guitarists who perfectly complement each other, coupled with a stellar drum & bass line-up. The result: a punchy, powerful visual and audio experience which makes you long to see this group play live.
With the three pre-album release singles Taking My Chances, Scars and Running having been enthusiastically welcomed by fans and media alike [Dana’s note: click on highlighted song titles to listen], Solar Fire is further proof of the sheer power and musical diversity of this unique pairing . Watch the video below.
I’ve been aware of the project for awhile , I thought the song was great , it was great to hear smith on vocals , very accessible without being predictable, I think most music videos are stupid and not needed anymore , but this was better IMO than the winery dogs new stuff , unfortunately this is probably just another collaboration that is destined to go nowhere, too bad this is actually really good ~
I picked up this album the other day, it’s solid! Highly recommend. I think to many, I sure was, Adrian Smith is surprisingly a great, soulful singer. Gotta love the video, Kotzen looking like a ragged dog, seems to be his thing! But I bet Dana still has a crush on him! 🙂
While Kozten is attractive, I never had a crush on him. My crush has always been on John Sykes. However, I admire Kozten, profusely, for his varied, and never-ending talent, which transcends beauty.
Sykes, in my opinion, was blessed to have the best of both worlds.
I actually love kotzens / WD’s vocal on fooled around and fell in love live what a great cover !