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Richie Kotzen

May 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Interviews

Triple threat singer, songwriter and monster guitarist Richie Kotzen’s latest solo release “Peace Sign” marks his 20th solo album in as many years.  An all around gifted musician, his style ranges from rock to jazz to blues with some pop and soul thrown in for good measure – clearly there are no boundaries when it comes to his creativity.

Breaking through with his instrumental albums in the late 80’s Kotzen started to make some noise around the same time as some other greats that were part of the ‘new crop’ of shredder guitarists (Tony Macalpine, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe and Jason Becker) who helped usher us into the 90’s with their amazing fretwork.  Kotzen’s guitar playing in particular made many take notice and music fans may recall his time spent playing guitar with Poison and Mr. Big. Although these gigs opened some doors for him it’s undoubtedly his solo work that truly fuels his soul. 

Richie recently embarked on a North American tour in support of “Peace Sign.” hitting up some parts of the country that he hasn’t seen in awhile.  His stops include a show on May 27th at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA which will mark his first solo show ever in the state.  I had a chance to catch up with Richie just four days into his current U.S tour to talk about his career, the tour and Ronnie James Dio.

Interviewed by:  Roger Scales
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