FIRST SINGLE “24 HOURS” AVAILABLE ON ITUNES SEPTEMBER 1st
After 2 years of extensive international touring, guitar virtuoso, singer/ songwriter Richie Kotzen is back to unleash his new album 24 HOURS, releasing November 11 on Headroom-Inc.
24 HOURS reflects the guitar style’s that has defined his career as a virtuoso, while taking it to another level of playing. “I feel like I have reached a new level of soloing on the opening track 24 HOURS,” explains Kotzen. “I stopped using a guitar pick on electric a few years ago and my playing has evolved in a different way. Some of the solo lines I play on the song 24 HOURS, and others as well, are lines I would have never been able to play with a guitar pick. So I would say the solo’s on this CD are at a different level than previous recordings.”
24 HOURS is an absorbing collective blend of Kotzen’s musical influences and diversity. 24 hours takes you on an inspired, musical journey as the opening track sets the tone that falls stylistically somewhere between early Van Halen and Sly and the Family Stone. Kotzen also brought in his talented daughter, August Kotzen and friend Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, to complete the album. “My daughter, August is singing with me on a few songs and is playing electric piano on the song STOP ME,” states Kotzen. “My friend Jerry Cantrell is singing backgrounds on LOVE IS BLIND and does a very cool lead vocal ad-lib in the final chorus of the tune.”
24 HOURS is an album that has been in the works since Kotzen started playing guitar. The guitar virtuoso burst onto the heavy metal scene as a teenager with a lightning-fast guitar techniques. With his talents Kotzen has played with some of the best musicians; securing such major collaboration with the band Mr. Big and renowned jazz great Stanley Clarke as well as his own solo projects. “I have been lucky in the sense that I have been able to play with guys who I could learn from,” explains Kotzen. “The biggest musical lesson for me was playing in a band with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. Obviously these guys are jazz musicians and I am not, but I learned so much from the time we recorded and toured together. My favorite rock bassist is Billy Sheehan and we were in Mr. Big together for 3 years which was awesome.”
24 HOURS was recorded and produced in Kotzen’s studio Headroom-Inc. 24 HOURS will be released on 11.11.11. Expect the first single, title track 24 HOURS to hit airwaves sometime soon. For more information go to www.richiekotzen.com.
Every Labor Day weekend, WEBN in Cincinnati puts on one of the biggest fireworks displays in the midwest. This end of the summer celebration has become a tradition in Cincinnati. Usually about 500,000 people are crammed into the banks of the Kentucky and Ohio sides of the Ohio River to watch the huge fireworks display.
Another thing that is always a constant for this massive celebration is live music. There are few stages set up on both sides of the river, where people can check out local and national acts for free!
In 2007, UGLY opened up for the band Operator. That show was somewhat of a fiasco (thanks Operator). You can read more about that here.
In 2008, UGLY was the headlining act for a bunch of local acts inluding Edge of Life, American Hardcore, Screaming Kings, Livid and Rootbound. The band had just returned from their European tour. Cincinnati was the last stop on their tour, before the band heads home to Detroit, and to the studio to record album #2.
UGLY’s set included their songs “Pusher”, “24 Hours”, “Friday Night (In The City)”, “The Cats Ass”, “Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll and Van Halen’s Unchained medley”and a brand new song “Close to You”.
This was a pretty fun show by UGLY. Lead singer Geo Tuebl was very interactive with the audience. He brought a young boy up on stage who he let play the tamborine during their set. Geo also went out into the crowd while signing some of the songs.
Chris Castro has taken over as drummer for UGLY, and he seems to fit in quite well. He does a pretty good job keeping the rhythm going with bassist Frank Green.
As much as I hate to see the summer concert season end, I was glad to have caught UGLY live again. I was happy that WEBN brought them in for this show. I will be anxiously awaiting their new CD.