After constant wood-shedding and gigging with local Pennsylvania area bands, Kotzen got his very first record deal with Shrapnel Records at 18-years-old and released his eponymous debut in 1989 which landed him the cover of Guitar World magazine. As his seminal albums Fever Dream and Electric Joy began to stir up excitement amongst the guitar community, Kotzen reached a wider audience by moving to Los Angeles and signing with Interscope records in 1991. His song "Dream Of A New Day" was a featured track on the Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey soundtrack, among establish acts KISS, Faith No More and Primus. Kotzen continued to record solo albums throughout the 90's for Geffen, JVC and Shrapnel Records. Based on Kotzen's critical acclaim as a musician, in 1996 Fender Musical Instruments launched two signature model guitars bearing his name. His signature model Telecaster is available worldwide and has been a top seller. Proving his diversity as an artist, in 1999 he linked up with jazz legend Stanley Clarke to form the band Vertu, further expanding his own repertoire and technical arsenal.
As fans worldwide devoured his prolific solo output, Kotzen toured with his trio extensively outside the United States, building a loyal fan base and selling out shows throughout Europe, Latin America and Japan. In 2006, Kotzen received one of his biggest personal honors when The Rolling Stones chose him to open up a string of Japanese shows, placing him in front of some of his biggest crowds to date. Then, 2013 saw him join forces with Mike Portnoy [ex-Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob] and Billy Sheehan [Steve Vai, David Lee Roth] to form the powerhouse trio The Winery Dogs. Their self-titled debut would go on to sell over 10,000 copies first week and debut at #27 on the Billboard Top 200.
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