ADRIAN SMITH + RICHIE KOTZEN Announce First-Ever Shows In U.S., U.K.

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Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen‘s project SMITH/KOTZEN will play its first ever-live shows in the U.S. and U.K. in early 2022.

The dates are as follows:

U.S. tour dates

Jan. 15 – Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA
Jan. 20 – The Whisky A Go-Go – Los Angeles, CA
Jan. 22 – Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
Jan. 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
Jan. 26 – Goldfield Trading Post – Roseville, CA
Jan. 27 – The Siren – Morro Bay, CA

U.K. tour dates

Feb. 27 – Manchester Club Academy
Feb. 28 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Mar. 02 – Glasgow Garage
Mar. 03 – Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill
Mar. 05 – Leamington Spa Winters End
Mar. 07 – Bristol Fleece
Mar. 08 – London Islington Assembly Hall

There will be local support for each show in the U.S.

For all on sales and ticketing information, go here.

Adrian comments: “It’s always been our intention to take these songs on the road and give them a good kicking about. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to set up this tour around a very hectic 2022 schedule and we both can’t wait to finally get out there and play live.”

Richie adds: “We’re excited that we can take SMITH/KOTZEN to the next level and bring our music to the stage. We’re still figuring out which musicians we’ll be bringing with us to deliver the songs in the way we’ve always envisaged to give fans a dynamic live experience. We’re really looking forward to this tour and we’re planning to have a lot of fun!”

SMITH/KOTZEN‘s eponymous debut album was released globally through BMG in March 2021 to media and fan acclaim, charting No. 10 on Billboard‘s Top Album Sales chart in the U.S., Top 20 in the U.K. as well as in other major markets such as Germany, Japan and Canada. A follow-up EP, “Better Days”, featuring four new tracks was released on November 26 in conjunction with international Record Store Day’s Black Friday event.

Smith is best known as one of IRON MAIDEN‘s principal guitarists, having also enjoyed success as a solo artist. 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.

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