Photos and Review by Dave Kasiorek
Coming hot off their third album simply titled “III” The Winery Dogs power trio kicked off their 2023 tour at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg. The show opened up with the live debut of Gaslight, a song which starts with the signature harmonizing of Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan before melting your face off for its duration. Another live debut followed with lead single Xanadu. The set continued, showcasing the extreme talent of these three great musicians with songs like the funky Hot Streak, the chunky Time Machine and the pounding of The Other Side. Near the end of the set Billy Sheehan took center stage for a shredding bass solo that went directly into classic rocker I’m No Angel.
The main set closed out with a gut puncher sending us into Oblivion. After a short delay Richie Kotzen came back to the stage and sat behind the keyboard as the rest of the band joined him during Regret,a song where you can really hear the rawness and soul in Richie’s voice. What better song to end this great show with than to Elevate the crowd into the night feeling the pure sense of knowing that you saw a show of such great musicianship. Some of the greatest bands are a trio and The Winery Dogs is a must see for those who are into rock n roll! This was an extra special show for me to capture since Mike Portnoy is one of my biggest influences as a drummer. I will be sure to see them again when and if they come back to the burgh.