Rock super group The Winery Dogs continued the buildup for its upcoming third album, III, this weekend with the debut of a new video and announcement of a new tour.
The band premiered the video for its new single, ‘Mad World’ Friday. The premiere came a month after the band debuted the video for III‘s debut single, ‘Xanadu.’ Where ‘Xanadu’ immediately conjures thoughts of classic Rush in its opening bars before launching into more of a sound and style that blends modern and vintage rock, ‘Mad World’ is more of a pure neo-classic rock style composition.
Front man Richie Kotzen’s Chris Cornell-esque vocals are just as clear and strong here as ever while bassist Billy Sheehan’s work on bass and equally famed drummer Mike Portnoy’s work on the kit continue to put their talents on full display once again.
In regards to its lyrical theme, Kotzen said during a recent interview, the song is a social commentary of sorts.
“The song is dealing with a certain attitude or way of thinking forced on individuals regardless of your own life experience or unique individuality,” Kotzen said. “I remember a time where opposing opinions and viewpoints were more accepted. A good old healthy debate was a great thing back then.
He added, “This song is really shining a light on how there may be certain consequences to pay if you don’t think a certain way. It’s also reflected in the lyric, ‘You’d better bite your tongue so you sound the same.’ It also offers a glimmer of hope in its chorus with the line ‘Turn from a scar into a pearl.’ So it’s not all doom and gloom. There’s always a chance to turn things around.”
In other news, The Winery Dogs are set to launch a tour in support of III Feb. 15 in Greensburg, PA. The tour is set to run through Apr. 6 in Nashville, TN. Following the conclusion of the North American leg of the tour, the band will perform at a trio of festival shows in South America April 27 28, and 29.
A European tour will follow the South American festival shows starting June 6 in Hamburg, Germany. The European leg of the band’s tour is scheduled to run through June 27 in La Rochelle, France.
The band’s complete spring/summer tour schedule is noted below.
DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 2/15 Greensburg, PA Palace Theatre
Thu 2/16 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
Fri 2/17 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
Sat 2/18 Patchogue, NY Patchogue Theatre
Tue 2/21 New York, NY Sony Hall
Wed 2/22 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!
Thu 2/23 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Sat 2/25 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun 2/26 Derry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Wed 3/1 Columbus, OH The King of Clubs
Thu 3/2 Cleveland, OH The Agora Theatre
Fri 3/3 Wabash, IN Eagles Theatre
Sun 3/5 Green Bay, WI Epic Event Center
Mon 3/6 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café
Thu 3/9 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
Fri 3/10 St. Charles, IL The Arcada Theatre
Sat 3/11 Westland, MI Token Lounge
Mon 3/13 Grand Rapids, MI DeVos Performance Hall
Tues 3/14 Harrison, OH Blue Note
Fri 3/17 Dallas, TX Amplified
Sat 3/18 Cedar Park, TX The Haute Spot
Sun 3/19 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Ballroom
Tue 3/21 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Wed 3/22 Birmingham, AL Iron City
Fri 3/24 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Live
Sat 3/25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Sun 3/26 Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
Thu 3/30 Virginia Beach, VA Elevation 27
Fri 3/31 Hopewell, VA The Beacon Theatre
Sat 4/1 Leesburg, VA Tally Ho Theater
Sun 4/2 Charlotte, NC The Underground
Tue 4/4 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
Wed 4/5 Knoxville, TN The Mill & Mine
Thu 4/6 Nashville, TN Brooklyn Bowl
Thu 4/27 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Vivo Rio (with Stone Temple Pilots)
Fri 4/28 Curitiba, Brazil Tork n Roll (with Skid Row)
Sun 4/3 São Paulo, Brazil Summer Breeze Festival
Mon 6/12 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle
Tue 6/13 Zoetermeer, Netherlands Boerderij
Thu 6/15 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Festival
Fri 6/16 Wolverhampton, England KK’s Steelmill
Sat 6/17 Nottingham, England Rock City
Sun 6/18 London, England Shepherds Bush Empire
Tue 6/20 Cologne, Germany Kantine
Wed 6/21 Frankfurt, Germany Batschkapp
Thu 6/22 Milan, Italy Alcatrazz
Sun 6/25 Cartagena, Spain Rock Imperium Festival
Tue 6/27 La Rochelle, France Crossroads
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