THE WIN­ERY DOGS

PLUS: IN­GLO­RI­OUS PLUS: SHINE­DOWN, HALESTORM

Kerrang! (UK) - - Lives -

MIKE PORT­NOY-LED UL­TRA-TAL­ENTED U.S. SU­PER­GROUP SHOW OFF THEIR CHOPS

■ THE WIN­ERY Dogs re­ally couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter start.they may have only formed three and a half years ago, but con­sid­er­ing their first Lon­don show sold out months in ad­vance, it’s been quite the jour­ney al­ready.the mu­si­cal pedi­gree shared be­tween the mem­bers – ex-dream The­ater drum­mer Mike Port­noy, ex-ufo’s Billy Shee­han on bass – has cer­tainly leant a help­ing hand, though, in all hon­esty, they wouldn’t be play­ing venues this size if they didn’t have the songs to back it up. Open­ing up tonight are clas­sic-rock new­com­ers In­glo­ri­ous, a band Queen’s Brian May likened to “a po­tent young Deep Pur­ple”.which, in fair­ness, isn’t that far from the truth.the head­lin­ers may only have half the num­ber of mu­si­cians on­stage, but they sound more than twice as un­stop­pable. Stood within the smoul­der­ing epi­cen­tre of their tech­ni­cal ec­stasy is Richie Kotzen – a man who seems able do it all with­out bat­ting an eye­lid.whether it be the soul­ful tenor vo­cals heard on How Long, the jaw-drop­ping fret­board ac­ro­bat­ics of Obliv­ion (us­ing no pick, just his fin­gers) or even jump­ing be­hind the or­gan for Think It Over, the front­man makes it all look easy and barely breaks a sweat.there’s a lot of jeal­ousy in the room.the loud­est cheers of the night come when Mike Port­noy ded­i­cates their cover of David Bowie hit Moon­age Day­dream to the Star­man him­self.yet an­other packed house for the su­per­group that can seem­ingly do no wrong.

Ab­bath re­ally hadn’t got the hang of this whole ‘Wash­ing your hands’ thing AB­BATH AF­TER SO LONG IN IM­MOR­TAL, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT GO­ING SOLO? “I never ac­tu­ally thought about go­ing solo; I never thought of my­self as a solo band. But that’s what it’s beco

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