Richie Kotzen Speaks on Working with Adrian Smith, His Days in Poison & New Winery Dogs Music

He came up in the late-80s shred era and was a member of Poison and Mr. Big in the ’90s, but these days, Richie Kotzen is focused on making inventive guitar music for the modern age.

An Interview with Guns N’ Roses Historian Marc Canter

While Hudson and his bands pursued their dreams, Canter supported them however he could, whether it was with transportation to gigs, funding for magazine advertisements, food, or simply driving Hudson to see an amp he liked.

Poison’s Bret Michaels Back on Stage After Recent Hospitalization

On Thursday, June 30th, it was first reported that #Poison (@Poison) singer #Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) was to be hospitalized for an undisclosed condition, leaving the veteran 80s rock icons no choice but to cancel its planned set for the ongoing Stadium Tour.

An Interview with Record Producer Tom Werman (Part 2)

In the first segment of my two-part interview with renowned record producer Tom Werman, we discussed Tom’s formative years and subsequent transition into the music industry, successful signings as well as the ones that ultimately eluded him, and honed in on his work with Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, and Mötley Crüe.

NYC Crumbles in the Wake of The Stadium Tour

If you’ve got the chance, go see The Stadium Tour. In life, we have very few chances to see the greatest acts do what they do best on the grandest stages. For several years, The Stadium Tour seemed improbable, but on June 24th, 2020, at Citi Field in Queens, NY, an up-and-coming act, a fearless rock warrior, and three of rock music history’s most seminal bands, accomplished the improbable, and then some.

An Interview with Derek Day of Classless Act

Despite the persistent myth that rock music is on the verge of extinction, a legion of promising new acts are poised to lead a rock revolution for the next generation.

The Formative Days: A Conversation with Former Poison Guitar Tech Paul Lipke

On November 7, 1982, at the Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA – the opening night of Aerosmith’s Rock in a Hard Place tour – Paul Lipke and Matt Smith would forge a lifelong friendship in a decisive moment of serendipity.

The Final Countdown: 5 Underrated Guitarists of the 80s Hard Rock & Heavy Metal-Era

When it comes to the guitar, speak to me with your playing. Send me a message without actually talking to me. I don’t care how fast you can play, or how many notes you can jam in a 30-second solo. Is that impressive from a technical standpoint? Sure. Does it speak to me personally? Not really.

An Interview with Matt Smith of Poison

Before achieving mainstream success and earning a spot on the Mount Rushmore of perhaps the most transcendent era in music history, the humble beginnings of Poison were established in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1983.

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