Watch Richie Kotzen’s New Video for ‘The Enemy': Exclusive Premiere
Earlier this year, guitarist Richie Kotzen released Cannibals, his 20th solo album. Now, we present an exclusive premiere of the video for the LP's third single, "The Enemy."
"My director buddy Vicente Cordero found this abandoned drive-in, which was the perfect location for the video," Kotzen says. "The song is basically a song about loss and cause of loss, which in this case is one’s own actions. What ties the song and location together is that we are showing my childhood videos on the screen, which makes the entire piece that much more personal."
The song has been kicking around Kotzen's vaults in various forms for a while. "I wrote ‘The Enemy’ chorus in 2014 when I originally recorded the song," he explains. "But I didn’t like the verse I had written. After spending a day listening to old song ideas, I found an older song of mine with a great verse idea and intro, and basically copied and pasted that recording into the current recording. Then I sang everything over, made some creative edits, re-wrote some lyrics, and ended up with ‘The Enemy.’
"I probably shouldn’t reveal this," he continues, "but half the song has a drum and guitar performance from several years ago, and the rest of the song is comprised of new recorded performances. Crazy concept, but somehow it worked and I ended up with a recording that I’m very happy with."
Even as Cannibals enjoys success -- it recently topped Amazon's New Rock Releases chart -- Kotzen remains committed to the Winery Dogs, the supergroup he created with bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater). In January, Portnoy said that they were planning to record a follow-up to their 2013 self-titled debut and embark on a world tour later this year.
The band also launched a second edition of the Dog Camp, a four-day retreat that will take place this summer at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, N.Y.
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