Smith/Kotzen, the collaboration between Iron Maiden‘s Adrian Smith and Winery Dog‘s Richie Kotzen, will be taking their show on the road for a series on U.S. and UK gigs set for early in 2022. The two old friends will be promoting their first joint eponymous set, which dropped last March and peaked at Number 10 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart.
Adrian Smith spoke about the upcoming dates in the tour announcement:
It’s always been our intention to take these songs on the road and give them a good kicking about. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to set up this tour around a very hectic 2022 schedule and we both can’t wait to finally get out there and play live.
Richie Kotzen went on to add:
We’re excited that we can take Smith/Kotzen to the next level and bring our music to the stage. We’re still figuring out which musicians we’ll be bringing with us to deliver the songs in the way we’ve always envisaged to give fans a dynamic live experience. We’re really looking forward to this tour and we’re planning to have a lot of fun
JUST ANNOUNCED: Smith/Kotzen tour dates (subject to change):
January 15 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
January 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky A Go-Go
January 22 – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
January 23 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
January 26 – Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
January 27 – Morro Bay, CA – The Siren
February 27 – Manchester, England – Club Academy
February 28 – Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
March 2 – Glasgow, Scotland – Garage
March 3 – Wolverhampton, England – KK’s Steel Mill
March 5 – Leamington Spa, England – Winters End
March 7 – Bristol, England – Fleece
March 8 – London, England – Islington Assembly Hall
SOURCE: Press release
- The Smith/Kotzen album features special guest performances by Adrian Smith‘s fellow Iron Maiden bandmate Nicko McBrain on drums for the track “Solar Fire,” and Richie Kotzen‘s longstanding friend and touring partner Tal Bergman on drums for “You Don’t Know Me,” “I Wanna Stay,” and “‘Til Tomorrow,” with Kotzen picking up the sticks on the other five songs.
- To learn more about Richie Kotzen’s signature Fender Telecaster, log in to: KOTZEN FENDER
CHECK IT OUT: The 2021 video for Smith/Kotzen’s “Scars”:
CHECK IT OUT: Behind the scenes with Smith/Kotzen on the “Taking My Chances” video: