US band The Sixxis will tour Europe in support of Mike Portnoy’s latest project The Winery Dogs, it’s been confirmed.
The trip includes a show at London’s O2 Islington Academy on September 5, before stops in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
The Sixxis have already lived through several lineup changes since their formation in 2006, but frontman Vladdy Iskahov says their musical aims have always remained the same. And he’s hoping the tour will offer European listeners an insight into what they’ve achieved with their recent self-titled album. (HearBelieve, from their debut record of the same name, below.)
Iskahov says: “Our sound has always been an enigma. Some get it immediately; some think they get it; some don’t understand it at all.
“People generally have a hard time placing our sound. It’s not alternative enough to be alternative and it’s not progressive enough to be pure progressive rock. Sure, there are several bands whose influence can be heard in our music, but overall it is independent.”
The Winery Dogs consists of Portnoy and Billy Sheehan alongside Richie Kotzen, with the express aim of capturing the feel of classic power trios such as Cream and Grand Funk Railroad.
Sep 05: O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
Sep 06: Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Sep 07: Garage, Saarbrücken, Germany
Sep 09: Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
Sep 10: Knust Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Sep 11: Lido, Berlin, Germany
Sep 13: Theaterfabrik, Munich, Germany
Sep 14: Gloria Theater, Cologne, Germany
Sep 15: La Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
Sep 16: La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
Sep 17: Z7 Konzertfabrik, Pratteln, Switzerland
Sep 18: Live Club, Milan, Italy
Sep 19: Substage, Karlsruhe, Germany
Sep 21: Sala Apolo 2, Barcelona, Spain
Sep 22: Sala Joy Eslava, Madrid, Spain
Sep 23: Paradise Garage, Lisbon, Portugal