The Winery Dogs From Coast To Coast

Mike Portnoy, Richie Kotzen and Billy Sheehan will be spending the fall on the road together. That’s right, we’re talking new dates for The Winery Dogs.

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Soiled Dove Underground, Denver, Colo.

The Winery Dogs features Portnoy on drums/vocals, Kotzen on guitar/vocals, and Sheehan on bass/vocals.  

Sheehan’s resume includes a handful of solo releases in addition to his work with acts such as Mr. Big, Talas, David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Niacin and UFO.

This isn’t the first time Sheehan and Kotzen have shared a lineup. Between 1999-2002 they were both members of Mr. Big. Before that, Kotzen was a member of Poison in the early ‘90s. Kotzen released his 20th solo LP, Cannibals, in January. Sheehan contributed to a few of Kotzen’s solo albums, including 2006’s Ai Senshi ZxR.

You know Portnoy as one of the founding members of Dream Theater. The drummer, who is also a member of Transatlantic and Flying Colors, has recorded, toured or performed with a long list of acts including Avenged Sevenfold, Neal Morse and Adrenaline Mob.

The Winery Dogs is getting ready to record the follow-up to its 2013 self-titled debut.

A post on Portnoy’s Facebook page promises that many more dates are coming. For now, the fall tour begins Oct. 3 in Ridgefield, Conn., following a May 24 appearance at Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, Okla. Here’s the schedule:

Oct. 3 – Ridgefield, Conn., Ridgefield Playhouse    
Oct. 4 – Jim Thorpe, Pa., Penn’s Peak           
Oct. 5 – Boston, Mass., The Wilbur  
Oct. 8 – Glenside, Pa., Keswick Theatre       
Oct. 9 – Sayreville, N.J., Starland Ballroom
Oct. 10 – New York, N.Y., Best Buy Theater          
Oct. 14 – Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Oct. 15 – Saint Petersburg, Fla., State Theatre          
Oct. 16 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Culture Room        
Oct. 17 – Orlando, Fla., Plaza Live Orlando
Oct. 27 – Milwaukee, Wis., The Northern Lights Theater    
Oct. 28 – Milwaukee, Wis., The Northern Lights Theater    
Oct. 29 – Saint Charles, Ill., Arcada Theatre
Nov. 3 – Anaheim, Calif., House Of Blues   
Nov. 5 – Agoura Hills, Calif., The Canyon   
Nov. 6 – Beverly Hills, Calif., Saban Theatre           
Nov. 7 – Las Vegas, Nev., Count’s Vamp’d  
Nov. 8 – San Diego, Calf., House Of Blues

Some dates are on sale now. Presales for select shows are ongoing now. General onsales are scheduled May 15. Visit for more information.