SMITH / KOTZEN
IRON MAIDEN'S ADRIAN SMITH & THE WINERY DOGS' RICHIE KOTZEN ANNOUNCE FOURTH SINGLE ‘SOLAR FIRE’ FROM THEIR EPONYMOUS DEBUT ALBUM
Solar Fire, released on June 25th is the 4th single from Adrian Smith & Richie Kotzen’s critically acclaimed debut project, Smith/Kotzen which was released globally through BMG on March 26 and immediately became a Top 20 album chart success in the UK.
The song features Adrian’s fellow Iron Maiden bandmate, Nicko McBrain on drums. The accompanying video was shot in Los Angeles in April where Richie and Adrian sang and performed together in the same room for the first time since recording the album in Turks & Caicos back in January 2020. The resulting visual chemistry showcases two world class guitarists who perfectly complement each other, coupled with a stellar drum & bass line-up. The result: a punchy, powerful visual and audio experience which makes you long to see this group play live.
Watch the video here
Adrian Smith is best known as one of Iron Maiden’s principal guitarists, having also enjoyed success as a solo artist. Richie Kotzen is the frontman for The Winery Dogs as well as having been the guitarist for both Mr Big and Poison during his long and acclaimed career, which has to date seen him release more than 20 solo albums. Both artists are also prolific songwriters.
Recorded on the Turks & Caicos Islands in February 2020, produced by Richie and Adrian and mixed by Kevin “Caveman” Shirley, this nine track opus is a consummate collaboration between these two highly respected musicians who co-wrote all the songs and also share lead vocals and trade off on guitar and bass duties throughout the record.
Exploding with powerful melodies & harmonies, the album embodies the spirited attitude of 70’s classic rock with a melting-pot of influences ranging from blues, hard rock, traditional R&B and more, blending the pair’s backgrounds and life experiences to result in a thoroughly contemporary sound.
The record features special guest performances by Adrian’s fellow Iron Maiden bandmate Nicko McBrain on drums for the track Solar Fire, and Richie’s longstanding friend and touring partner Tal Bergman on drums for You Don’t Know Me, I Wanna Stay and ‘Til Tomorrow, with Richie picking up the sticks on the other five songs.
Watch videos from the albums previous three singles here
Taking My Chances, Scars & Running
Solar Fire is further proof of the sheer power and musical diversity of this unique pairing.
The album is available in these formats:
12” black vinyl with embossed sleeve
Digital (streaming and download)
Limited edition 12” red & black smoke effect coloured vinyl
The full track-listing is:
Taking My Chances
You Don’t Know Me
I Wanna Stay
Smith/Kotzen is available now from