Richie Kotzen - Live Photos

All Images by Matt Young

All Images by Matt Young

Presented by Storm Front Touring, Guitar virtuoso, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, Richie Kotzen kicked off his tour of Australia’s east coast for the first-time last; night at Brisbane’s Max Watts.  Matt Young went along to capture these rad images.

The current Winery Dogs axeman and former member of Poison and Mr Big has just released his 22nd solo album, Salting Earth via his own label, Headroom-Inc.

From deep bluesy grooves to balls-out hard rock; burning sky harmonic glory to funk-jazz and acoustic numbers, Salting Earth captures Richie's prolific career in one brilliant ten track album.

A one-man production machine, Kotzen writes all the music and plays every instrument on his solo work. Guitar, bass, drums, piano and more. 

Richie Kotzen burst onto the heavy metal scene as a teenager with his lightning-fast guitar technique. 

After recording three albums including his 1989 self-titled debut, the following year's Fever Dream, and 1991's Electric Joy, he was recruited by Poison to replace original guitarist CC Deville

Kotzen recorded Poison's 1993's Native Tongue album but returned to his solo career soon after and at the end of the '90s, Kotzen had joined multi-platinum selling rock outfit Mr. Big.

In 2002 and Kotzen once again returned to his solo career, beginning his most creative streak releasing 9 solo albums from 2001 til 2015!

In 2013 Richie joined forces with two giants of the music industry. Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Mr Big, Steve Vai) and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Flying Colors) to form The Winery DogsThe power trio released two highly successful albums, The Winery Dogs in 2013, and Hot Streak in 2015.

While having several lifetimes of albums to his name, bringing music to the people is Richie’s main mission

 “My real outlet is touring — playing live as much as I can, wherever I can, whenever I can,” he says enthusiastically. “It’s one of the few things you can’t copy, steal, or download. 

It’s an engaging human experience that’s a give-and-take between both the performer and the audience, and there is nothing else like it on this earth.”

Australian fans are in for a special treat at his two remaining shows, Richie will perform material spanning his 28-year career….Come Dig the Earth!


Friday 25th August 2017 -  The Factory Theatre, Sydney

Saturday 26th August 2017 - Max Watts, Melbourne


Tickets onsale NOW – Melbourne, Australia – Sydney, Australia

Salting Earth is out now via: