THE WINERY DOGS
PLUS: INGLORIOUS PLUS: SHINEDOWN, HALESTORM
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.