The Winery Dogs Come Back To Green Bay At Epic Event Center On March 5th, 2023; And With Them They Bring Their Virtuosity On The 202iii Tour!!!

There's no other way to say it, besides I was blown away by the performance, a true convert to the music and the musicians......

Words/Photos: Chris Rugowski

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The Winery Dogs – Mike Portnoy (drums and vocals), Billy Sheehan (bass and vocals), Richie Kotzen (guitar, lead vocals, keys) – haven’t played Green Bay, WI, USA in seven years. The first time they were here, I didn’t know who they were. This time around, I had only heard about the band a few weeks before this show. Members I had heard of in their projects, and main bands.

There’s no other way to say it, besides I was blown away by the performance, a true convert to the music and the musicians. It’s one thing to hear it on an album, it’s another thing to watch it on a crappy YouTube quality video, but to see it live in the flesh – a whole different ball game. While the venue was only a quarter/third of the way packed, they played like it was a full house. Those who weren’t there missed out on an opportunity no doubt. There was so much energy in the room. From the moment they walked out to the moment they left the stage, roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes later, it was a pure rock n roll show. No crazy effects on instruments, no backing tracks, and no voice dub on Kotzen’s voice to give him that “sound” you hear on the album. Just three guys who love what they do, playing music, and playing it like there’s no tomorrow. These guys were ON POINT!

Before the show I listened to the entire new album, III to get a sense of what I might be in store for, then I went through and listened to bits and pieces of the other available albums. I was not ready for what I was about to experience. Without repeating myself, it was a great experience, and anyone who can see this tour, really ought to. This is not a tour to be missed if you know anything about the band and the members.

While the group itself may only have three albums out, the setlist was packed full of songs from each album. Playing six tunes from III, three from 2015’s Hot Streak, and seven from their 2013 self-titled album.

There were a few notable moments that stuck out to me, such as the solo in “Desire” Kotzen was on fire, the drum intro to “The Other Side”, and Sheehan’s bass solo that was like the energizer bunny and it kept going and going. Ending the night with Elevate was a great choice!

 

 

The setlist:

Gaslight

Xanadu

Captain cook

Hot Streak

Desire

Breakthrough

Time Machine

Stars

Damaged

Mad World

The Other Side (with Drum Solo Intro)

Sheehan Bass Solo

The Red Wine (note: Sheehan used a clear red acrylic bass with red lights on the guitar)

I’m No Angel

Oblivion

Regret

Elevate

 

 

The current tour dates:

 

The Winery Dogs 2023 Tour Dates

Feb. 15 – Greensburg, Pa. @ Palace Theatre

Feb. 16 – Jim Thorpe, Pa. @ Penn’s PeakF

Feb. 17 – Glenside, Pa. @ The Keswick Theatre

Feb. 18 – Patchogue, N.Y. @ Patchogue Theatre

Feb. 21 – New York, N.Y. @ Sony Hall

Feb. 22 – Baltimore, Md. @ Rams Head Live!

Feb. 23 – Sayreville, N.J. @ Starland Ballroom

Feb. 25 – Ridgefield, Ct. @ The Ridgefield Playhouse

Feb. 26 – Derry, N.H. @ Tupelo Music Hall

March 1 – Columbus, Ohio @ King of Clubs

March 2 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Agora Theatre

March 5 – Green Bay, Wis. @ Epic Event Center

March 6 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Fine Line Music Café

March 9 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Pabst Theater

March 10 – St. Charles, Ill. @ The Arcada Theatre

March 11 – Westland, Mich. @ The Token Lounge

March 13 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ DeVos Hall

March 14 – Harrison, Ohio @ Blue Note

March 17 – Dallas, Texas @ Amplified Live

March 18 – Cedar Park, Texas @ The Haute Spot

March 19 – Houston, Texas @ Warehouse Live Ballroom

March 21 – New Orleans, La. @ House of Blues

March 22 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Iron City

March 24 – St. Petersburg, Fla. @ Jannus Live

March 25 – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. @ Culture Room

March 26 – Orlando, Fla. @ The Plaza Live

March 30 – Virginia Beach, Va. @ Elevation 27

March 31 – Hopewell, Va. @ Hopewell Theatre

April 1 – Leesburg, Va. @ Tally Ho Theatre

April 2 – Charlotte, N.C. @ The Underground

April 4 – Asheville, N.C. @ Orange Peel

April 5 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ The Mill & Mine

April 6 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Brooklyn Bowl

April 27 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Vivo Rio (with Stone Temple Pilots)

April 28 – Curitiba, Brazil @ Tork n Roll (with Skid Row)

April 30 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Summer Breeze Festival

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