Guitar virtuoso and singer/songwriter Richie Kotzen (formerly of POISON and MR. BIG) took part in a question-and-answer session and acoustic performance at the Korg booth at the 2012 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention whcih took place January 19-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch video footage of his appearance below.
Kotzen on Wednesday (Jannuary 25) commented on the rumors that he has been tapped by Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ADRENALINE MOB) and Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG) to be the guitarist/vocalist of their new project following the recent departure of John Sykes (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY).
Said Kotzen in a post on his Facebook page: “I wanted to address the recent rumor about the project with Billy, Mike, and I… Although we did throw some ideas around, neither of us decided to make any public announcements, so today’s Internet buzz was a surprise. I will say I am a fan of both Mike and Billy. I’m sure a collaboration would produce some interesting results.”
Although Portnoy and Sykes demoed a dozen or so songs at a Los Angeles studio last year, their vastly different work ethics and conflicting schedules were solely to blame for the dissolution of their collaboration. Portnoy explained on Twitter, “Sad but true… I tried my best to make it work… Me and [Billy Sheehan] couldn’t wait around any longer… [Billy] and I are moving on and have already begun work with another guitarist/vocalist, keeping the original ‘power trio’ concept.”