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Richie Kotzen @ Highline Ballroom (5/25/2010)

Richie Kotzen was back in NYC for an incredible night of music.  We caught him once before back in July of 2009 and were excited to see him do his thing at the Highline Ballroom this evening.  The amazing guitarist was once a member of Poison and now does a completely different kind of thing that you have to hear to believe.  This show would be a continuing part of his “Peace Sign” tour.

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Artist: Richie Kotzen
Venue: Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 5/25/2010
Label: Independent Artist

Before I even begin this one the readers should be aware that it is by no means a Metal or Hard Rock show report and instead one that lines out how easily we can all expand upon our interests in music of many different flavors. Don’t get me wrong because I love my Metal, but let’s face it, even Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music found its beginnings in other genres. That’s what made this evening’s fun so interesting for me and my friends as tonight’s show was a solo performance by guitarist Richie Kotzen and his band. You may or may not know the musician’s name and that is understandable with the vast amount of axe slingers out there but truth be told, Richie is one that has successfully managed to step out of the role that many first learned his name from and been delivering amazing music for years. Like many fans, I first heard Richie’s name when he stepped into the guitar role in Glam Rock’s own Poison. With the band he delivered the album “Native Tongue” that found some proclaiming featured the best guitar work in the band to date. After moving on from the band he worked with Mr. Big for a few years and albums before switching gears to more soulful Blues-based sense. Trust me in this one folks, its very, very good. Just about a year ago he performed at B.B. King Blues Club for a filled sit down crowd and now tonight would be the Highline Ballroom’s turn.
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