This week on Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk on SiriusXM saw the debut of the new track, “Xanadu,” from the killer power trio, The Winery Dogs—featuring the mega-talents of guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen, bassist/vocalist Billy Sheehan and drummer/vocalist Mike Portnoy. The band will release their third LP, III, on February 3, 2023, via the band’s Three Dog Music label (via Burnside Distribution/The Orchard). As with their previous two LPs, III was produced by The Winery Dogs and mixed by longtime associate, Jay Ruston. You can check the video out above, and it is also available now on all streaming platforms.
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About the track, Portnoy confirmed, “Coming out of the gates, that’s a barnburner. It’s one of the fiercest tracks on the album.” And there’s even an Easter egg hidden in for fans with astute ears. “At the end there, you’re hearing me toss my sticks — not in frustration, but very much in satisfaction of what we had just done.”
Talking about his guitar work on the album, Kotzen said, “My attitude is this: when I’m in the studio creating new music, the last thing on my mind is, ‘How am I gonna do it live?’ The reality is, I may never get to where I’ll do it live. What’s relevant is getting the vision that’s in my head, in my heart, and in my soul to come out of the speakers. If it gets to the point where the tour is booked, the dates are confirmed, and we all get back in the rehearsal room together, that’s when you figure out, ‘Okay, how do I interpret this in a way it can be delivered live, and still be the same song?'”
III will be the follow up to 2015’s Hot Streak LP. While we wait for February to come, check out “Xanadu” today!
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