Music: The Winery Dogs

The Winery Dogs are an American Hard Rock trio formed in 2011.

  • Richie Kotzen (lead guitar, lead vocals, keyboards)
  • Mike Portnoy (drums, backing vocals)
  • Billy Sheehan (bass guitar, backing vocals)


This band may show examples of the following tropes:
  • Attention Deficit Creator Disorder
    • Mike Portnoy was already famous for this during his Dream Theater tenure; he's since made a brief appearance in Avenged Sevenfold, completed a fourth Transatlantic album, guested on Bigelf's most recent album, filled in on Stone Sour's Brazilian tour, and formed Flying Colors and Adrenaline Mob. So far, it seems both the Winery Dogs and Flying Colors are headed for a second album, which for Portnoy probably counts as a boring year.
    • Billy Sheehan is not quite Portnoy's match, but between solo work, session play, jazz-fusion project Niacin, and the occasional Talas and Mr. Big reunions it's a wonder he has any free time at all.
    • Fittingly, Portnoy and Sheehan are also half of a Progressive Metal supergroup (along with keyboardist Derek Sherinan and guitarist Tony MacAlpine) whose reunion briefly interrupted the tour.
  • Audience Participation Song: Stand, formerly a massive production number featuring a gospel choir, appears in their live set filed down to Kotzen on solo acoustic guitar and the crowd on backing vocals.
  • Call Back: The live set usually features songs from Sheehan and Kotzen's past bands, with Talas' Shy Boy and Poison's Stand being the most common. Kotzen-penned Shine (from their shared time in Mr. Big) sometimes turns up.
  • Cover Version: Fooled Around And Fell in Love
  • Lead Bassist: Sheehan, types A and C.
  • Meaningful Name: Word of God is that the band's name reflects their desire to be seen as guardians of instrumental virtuosity, likening themselves to attack dogs guarding a vineyard.
  • No Export for You: Japanese copies of the debut album feature a song unavailable stateside (Criminal); likewise, Time Machine does not appear on Japanese copies.
  • Pep Talk Song: It's Not Hopeless
  • Performance Video: Four videos, all four showing the band playing without a real narrative. Time Machine changes it up a bit with footage of the band playing the song at a show in Japan, ironically enough.
  • Rock Trio: In homage to Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, among others.
  • Supergroup: All three are renowned instrumentalists with fan followings long predating the band's formation - Portnoy as the most famous member of Dream Theater, Sheehan for his work with David Lee Roth and 90's Hair Metal shredders Mr. Big, and Kotzen for a series of solo efforts and a brief tenure with Poison.