richie kotzen

richie kotzen

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1.Kotzen sold millions of records worldwide as a solo artist and member of the bands Mr Big, Poison, and Vertu. 2.He is considered one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. 3.His voice has been compared to steve mariot, paul rodgers, and chris cornell.

Biography

RICHIE KOTZEN BIO

Touted as “one of the best guitar players in

the world, a voice on par with some of the greatest

rock/soul singers and creative songwriting, Richie

Kotzen has had an incredible journey in the world

of music. In 2006 as a solo artist, Kotzen was the

opening act for the legendary Rolling Stones A

Bigger Bang Tour in Japan.

It all started at the age of seven when Richie

learned to play the electric guitar in his hometown

of Reading, PA. He formed his first band at the age

of twelve and played live gigs around PA, Delaware

and New Jersey. When he turned eighteen he

headed West to San Francisco and recorded his first

album for Shrapnel Records. That year, Kotzen was

featured on several magazine covers including

Guitar World and was voted one of the Top 3 Best

New Guitarist’s of The Year by it’s readers.

After recording three albums for Shrapnel

Records, Kotzen moved to Los Angeles and just out

of his teens he joined the multi platinum glam metal

band POISON and started living the dream! He

recorded the cd Native Tongue with the band and

ventured on a world tour in support of the album.

His song Stand, reached #4 on MTV’s Most Wanted

and was in the Top 20 in BILLBOARD MAGAZINE.

That record soon reached platinum status.

After POISION, Kotzen continued recording

albums on various labels including Geffen, Shrapnel

and JVC until 1999 when he was invited by jazz

legend Stanley Clarke to form the band VERTU. They

recorded a self titled album for SONY and spent the

summer in Europe playing the Montreux Jazz and

other festivals. “It was an honor and a great

experience to be in a band with Clarke and the

other members.” States Richie.

Later that year Kotzen joined the immensely

popular rock band MR. BIG, who are known for their

#1 hit song To Be With You. In 1999, they played

the Osaka Dome in Japan with AEROSMITH for the

coveted Millennium Count Down.Kotzen wrote 2

studio records with MR BIG and had his first #1

single in Japan with a song called Shine.

Richie continues to make killer solo records and

tours around the world with superstar status in

several countries, playing stadiums, festivals, and

clubs. He has played with other well known

musicians like Gene Simmons from KISS, and Keanu

Reeves band DOGSTAR wherehe has made cameo

performances on stage, including Television

performances with the band on Jay Leno and Regis

and Kelly. Richie is always included in books,

magazines, and websites as one of the top

guitarist’s in the world!

Kotzen is one of the few artists to be honored

by Fender Guitar with not one, but two signature

model guitars of which the Kotzen Telecaster guitar

has repeatedly been the #1 selling signature

model guitar for Fender Japan. Cornford

Amplification honored Kotzen with his own signature

series guitar amp RK100 which in 2005 was voted

AMP of The Year in the UK.

Kotzen has amassed a 30 plus album

discography and he is just getting warmed Up…

Website: www.richiekotzen.com

“Touring and making music is my life. It is all I

have ever done. I am very grateful to all the people

around the world who have made that possible”

Richie humbly says.

Richie resides in Los Angeles and enjoys

spending time with his daughter August. His

hobbies include basketball and playing poker. At

times you might catch him jamming with other music

superstars.

Lyrics

Go Faster

Written By: Richie Kotzen

Go Faster
(Words and Music By Richie Kotzen)

Yea I been racing ever since I was fifteen
And ain’t nobody ever catch me
Yea I was hustling and takin’ that money
We made it look so damn easy

You can’t slow me down, slow me down
I only got one speed

I’m gonna ride till I can’t see the ground
I just wanna keep goin’ faster yea yea yea
I’m gonna fly and I ain’t comin’ down
I just wanna keep goin’ faster
Baby let’s go faster yea yea yea

It’s what I gotta do

I won so many times I never been busted
I don't remember how to lose
You’re always sayin’ that I can’t escape justice
How many times I got to tell you?

You can’t slow me down, slow me down
I only got one speed

I’m gonna ride till I can’t see the ground
I just wanna keep goin’ faster yea yea yea
I’m gonna fly and I ain’t comin down
I just wanna keep goin’ faster
Baby let’s go faster

Fooled Again

Written By: Richie Kotzen

Fooled Again
(Words and Music By Richie Kotzen)

Here I go playin’ the fool again… yea I am, I am, I am
Tired and broken by the changing hands
Missin’ what I never had…

Not a dream not a thought not a one desire… nothin’ needed
All the fear all the loss all the pain in me has all faded

I’m losin’ sleep for the last time
I’m in too deep it’s no surprise…

So here I go playin’ the fool again… yea I am, I am, I am
Tired and broken by the changing hands
Missin’ what I never had
I shoulda known by the jaded past
Times can change but nothing lasts
I never thought of being fooled again
But I am, I am, I am…

Not a lie not a fight won’t be traumatized by my anger
Not too strong not too weak I can’t turn around for a stranger

I feel the heat i’m tempted still
I can’t be led by your own will

But here I go playin’ the fool again… yea I am, I am, I am
I’m tired and broken by the changing hands
Missin’ what I never had
I shoulda known by the jaded past
Times can change but nothing lasts
I never thought of being fooled again
But I am, I am, I am…

Chase It

Written By: Richie Kotzen

Chase It
(Words and Music By Richie Kotzen)

Did you think about the things you used to say?
How you’d laugh right in my face…
Did you wanna take me down?
Did you think that I would always be afraid?
…Just to damn scared to walk away
Now you wanna come around…

Well I feel like I’ve finally had enough…
There’s no making up…

You know you gotta give it up
It’s too far gone to chase it…
And when the feelings go you don't wanna have to fake it.
All of the lies you love to tell you know I heard it all before…
But it’s over now… your just gonna have to face it… face It…

Do you listen to your friends and what they say?
Do they help you with your faith when you’re standing in the crowd?
And do you feel a little lost and out of place?
It’s just the pain you can’t erase…
And I can’t help you with it now…

Cuz I feel like a weight is lifting off and there’s no making up…

That’s why you gotta give it up
It’s too far gone to chase it...
You know that when the feelings go you don't wanna have to fake it.
All of the lies you love to tell you know i’ve heard it all before
But its over now… your just gonna have to face it…
(solo)
You know you’ve got to give it up… It’s too far gone to chase it.
You know that when the feelings gone you don't wanna have to fake it.
All of the lies you love to tell you know I’ve heard it all before
But its over now and your just gonna have to face it face it baby, face it that it’s over.

Discography

1988 Gallery Closed Arthur's Museum (LP & Cassette Release ONLY!)
1989 Richie Kotzen Richie Kotzen Guitar, Keyboards
1990 Fever Dream Richie Kotzen Guitar, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
1991 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Original Soundtrack Producer, Performer
1991 Electric Joy Richie Kotzen Guitar, Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
1992 Guitar on the Edge, Vol. 1 Various Artists Guitar, Performer
1992 Guitars That Rule the World Various Artists Guitar, Producer, Engineer, Performer, Mixing
1992 L.A. Blues Authority L.A. Blues Authority Guitar, Vocals, Performer
1993 Blues: L.A. Blues Authority, Vol. 2 Glenn Hughes Guitar
1993 Native Tongue Poison Guitar (Acoustic), Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals (bckgr)
1993 Stand [Cassette Single] Poison
1993 Stand [CD Single] Poison
1993 Until You Suffer Some Poison
1993 Ultimate Guitar Survival Guide Various Artists Performer
1993 The Electric Pow Wow Stevie Salas
1994 L.A. Blues Authority: Cream of the Crop Various Artists Guitar, Vocals, Performer
1994 Mother Head's Family Reunion Richie Kotzen Guitar (Japanese Release)
1994 Mother Head's Family Reunion Richie Kotzen Guitar Geffen Records
1994 Rats Sass Jordan Vocals (bckgr)
1994 Songs from the Better Blues Bureau Various Artists Guitar
1995 Inner Galactic Fusion Experience Richie Kotzen Guitar
1995 Smoke on the Water: A Tribute Various Artists Guitar, Vocals, Performer
1995 Tilt Richie Kotzen & Greg Howe Guitar
1996 Alter Native Stevie Salas
1996 Alter Native EP Stevie Salas
1996 Wave Of Emotion Richie Kotzen
1996 Times Gonna Tell/Stoned EP Richie Kotzen
1996 Crossfire: Salute to Stevie Ray Various Artists Guitar
1996 Poison's Greatest Hits 1986-1996 Poison Guitar
1996 Stickey Wicked T.M. Stevens Guitar
1997 Something To Say Richie Kotzen
1997 Black Night: Deep Purple Tribute Various Artists Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals, Group
1997 Project Richie Kotzen & Greg Howe Bass, Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Keyboards
1997 Look Paula Barnett Castillo
1998 What Is Richie Kotzen
1998 Not So Innocent Jesse's Power Trip Guitar
1999 Viva La Noice Stevie Salas
1999 Bi-Polar Blues Richie Kotzen Organ, Bass, Drums, Guitar (Bass), Vocals, Producer, Engineer, Wurlitzer
1999 Break It All Down Richie Kotzen
1999 Get Over It Mr. Big
1999 Superfantastic Mr. Big
1999 Static Mr. Big
1999 Various Fusion 101 Various Artists Guitar, Vocals
1999 Vertú Vertú (with Stanley Clarke) Guitar, Vocals
1999 Radioactive T.M. Stevens Guitar
2000 Bat Head Soup: A Tribute to Ozzy Various Artists Performer
2000 Mikazuki in Rock (with Mikazuki Tekkodan)
2000 Wave of Emotion Richie Kotzen Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Drums, Leader, Vocals (bckgr), Clavinet, Producer (Spitfire Reissue)
2000 Something to Say Richie Kotzen Bass, Guitar, Piano, Arranger, Drums, Vocals, Producer, Writer, Wurlitzer (Spitfire Reissue)
2000 What Is... Richie Kotzen Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Wurlitzer (Spitfire Reissue)
2000 Break It All Down Richie Kotzen Producer (Spitfire Reissue)
2000 Deep Cuts: The Best of the Ballads Mr. Big Guitar
2000 Where Are They Now Mr. Big
2000 Submarine Gregg Bissonette Guitar
2001 Actual Size [Bonus Track] Mr. Big Guitar, Vocals, Engineer
2001 Actual Size Mr. Big Engineer
2001 Arrow [EP] Mr. Big Engineer
2001 Light at the End of the Tunnel War & Peace Guitar
2001 Stone Cold Queen: A Tribute [Triage] Various Artists Guitar
2001 Stone Cold Queen: A Tribute Various Artists Guitar
2001 Rock Champions Poison
2001 Shuffle Masami Okui
2002 In Japan Mr. Big
2002 Hellsing [Pioneer] Original Soundtrack Recording Guitar, Engineer
2002 One Way Street: A Tribute to Aerosmith Various Artists Guitar
2002 Pigs and Pyramids: An Allstar Lineup Performing the S Various Artists Guitar
2002 Slow [Lion Music Bonus Track] Richie Kotzen Guitar, Producer, Engineer
2002 Slow [Yamaha Bonus Track] Richie Kotzen Producer, Engineer
2002 Songs of Pink Floyd Various Artists Guitar
2002 Mr. Big Box Set WEA International
2002 Todd Rundgren & His Friends Todd Rundgren Performer
2003 Brief Glimpse of the Relentless Pursuit: Tribute to Pink Floyd Various Artists Guitar
2003 Change [Bonus Track] Richie Kotzen Producer, Writer, Performer
2003 Change [Japan Bonus Track] Richie Kotzen Producer
2003 Change Richie Kotzen Producer, Performer
2003 Poison's Greatest Hits 1986-1996 [CD & DVD] Poison Guitar
2003 Best of Ballads & Blues Poison
2003 Slow Richie Kotzen Producer, Engineer
2004 ASSHOLE [Clean] Gene Simmons Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Soloist
2004 ASSHOLE Gene Simmons Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Soloist
2004 AC/DC We Salute You [Bonus DVD] Various Artists Guitar
2004 Greatest Hits Mr. Big Guitar, Vocals, Engineer, Group Member
2004 Influences & Connections, Vol. 1: Mr. Big Various Artists Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Vocals,

Set List

Richie's set list varies in length depending on the situation. A full Kotzen show including encore is typically 90 minutes long. Richie performs material from his solo cds as well as songs he wrote as a member of Mr Big (Static, Shine) and Poison (Stand). He also performs covers that inspired him as a young musician. Those compostions include "im losin you" (rod stewart version) , "30 days in the hole" (humble pie), "snortin whiskey" (pat travers) , "reach out ill be there" ( four tops) and sara smile (hall and oats)