THE WINERY DOGS, the power trio featuring drummer Mike Portnoy(DREAM THEATERAVENGED SEVENFOLDADRENALINE MOB), legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIGTALASDAVID LEE ROTH) and guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (MR. BIGPOISON), was interviewed on this past Monday’s (August 5) edition of Eddie Trunk‘s SiriusXMsatellite radio show, “Eddie Trunk Live”. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On whether THE WINERY DOGS feels like “home” for Portnoy after stints with DREAM THEATERAVENGED SEVENFOLD and ADRENALINE MOB:

Portnoy: “We all have cleared our schedule for the rest of this year to focus on THE WINERY DOGS, and we plan on doing the same next year. We plan on riding this cycle — and this band — as far as we could take it. And we all view this as a full-time band; this is not a side project. Me, personally, I have things in the pipeline that were already in the pipeline that are coming out — FLYING COLORSPSMS, a TRANSATLANTICalbum — but other than those, they’ll come out, this is the band. I view this as my new home. And the way I was in DREAM THEATER — that was my home and I did other little things when I could, I view the situation here the same… I mean, the other things that I do — TRANSATLANTIC,FLYING COLORS, those are side projects. ADRENALINE MOB, we gave it our best shot, but this, right from the get-go, it just feels great within the band — the internal chemistry is amazing — and also the external reaction has been just off the charts, unanimously supportive and positive. So it’s just a great, great feeling, and I really do feel like this is my new home.”

On whether there are any plans for THE WINERY DOGS to release a concert DVD:

Portnoy: “We’re probably the only band in history to be this stupid. We filmed our second show ever for a live DVD while we were in Tokyo. Actually, the footage looks amazing — any production you do in Japan is amazing, top notch — but it was our second show. We’re already leaps and bounds better than we were at that show… I think we’re gonna keep it that it’s only gonna be released in Japan — a souvenir for them. Our second show. I mean, the hardcore fans will probably be able to obtain it, because you can obtain anything on the Internet, but we’re gonna leave it as a Japanese souvenir. Which is really cool, ’cause how many times do you see a DVD of a band’s second show ever? So, in that sense, it’s a cool collector’s item, a cool snapshot of a place in time, but we would like to do a proper onem, you know, a hundred shows in and then maybe do a worldwide release with that maybe next year or something.”

The self-titled debut album from THE WINERY DOGS sold around 10,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 27 on The Billboard 200 chart.

“The Winery Dogs” was released in North America on July 23 via Loud & Proud Records and in Japan on May 15 via Victor Entertainment. The CD was mixed by Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with ANTHRAX,ADRENALINE MOBSTONE SOUR and STEEL PANTHER.

(source Blabbermouth)

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.


  1. Mike Boardley

    August 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    While I love Mike Portnoy, the rate at which he continues to find new ones makes me care about them less and less. I was in Mike’s corner for a long time until he bailed on Adrenaline Mob. He stated he was never really in Adrenaline Mob as an official member but that doesn’t seem to be true based on what he just said in this interview “ADRENALINE MOB, we gave it our best shot.”

    My opinion: Mike Portnoy spent 25 years building Dream Theater into a top touring band. He left DT thinking Avenged Seven Fold would take him and he would be in an even bigger band than his old one. That didn’t happen. He was sent back to the minors to slug it out in clubs and bars with Adrenaline Mob. When AM didn’t rise out of the minors fast enough, he jumped ship to be in a band that will hopefully take him back to the majors. While he will have a better career in Japan, he will not be playing the venues and shows he once played with Dream Theater. This is especially true in the US. Unless Avenged or Dream Theater take him back, he’ll always be a great drummer who can’t decide which band to be in.

    • Baptist

      August 7, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      I think you are right. It will be very difficult to get back to huge shows and top venues. I hope that happens…

    • Duncan MacLeod

      August 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      These are my feelings as well. I felt Portnoy had a great deal of hubris to to on tour with hard partying A7X when Dream Theater was on short break, and then to claim fatigue and burnout in insisting that the rest of the band take a break from touring and recording to accommodate him. He made the choices, he forced their hand, and he has to suck it up and deal with the consequences. At least he’s through sniveling about it….I hope.

  2. fred

    August 7, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    does anyone know the name of the band where mike portnoy billy Sheehan tony macalpine and Derek sherinian are in

    • Nikola Savić

      August 7, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      The name of the band is Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian.

    • Mark

      August 8, 2013 at 4:23 am


  3. fred

    August 7, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    please reply to my question to bugwiserrules13@aol.com

  4. Kalin

    August 8, 2013 at 11:22 am

    That’s probably a bit hard on him. AMOB was a passtime project from day one, I’m happy he’s now with Richie and Billy and I’m also looking forward TA/FC

  5. T. Allens

    September 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

    This overhyped side project of which it is …..will fall into the dustbin of oblivion just like portnoys other 10000 projects and no matter what will surely disappear all the songs sound like they’ve been done by other bands many times before!

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