== Richie Kotzen ==
Richie Kotzen (born February 3, 1970 in Reading, Pennsylvania) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, hes known for being the guitarist of bands such as Mr.big, Vertú and Poison and his amazing solo career.
At the beginning Kotzen started with the band Arhurs Museum in 1988. Only in 1989 when, he was discovered by Shrapnel Records, Kotzen started to earn the reptutaion that he was really worth of and with the age of 19 he had recorded his first album named with his own name "Richie Kotzen".
In 1991, Kotzen joined the band Poison at the age of 21, co-wriring and performing on album Native Tongue. The album got two top twenty singles wich Kotzen co-wrote, Stand and Until You Suffer Some (Fire & Ice), in 1993 Kotzen was fired from the band for having a relationship with Rikki Rockett (Poison drummer) fiancée.
While with Mr. Big replacing Paul Gilbert as guitarist, Kotzen also enjoyed another milestone, having his song “Shine” reach #1 in both Europe and Japan in the album Actual Size. In 2002 Mr.Big were disband, and Kotzen was back to the studio to recording new material.
Since 1988 Kotzen has already amassed a catalogue of more than 25 albums, is last album was release in 2009 under the name of Peace Signs.
Kotzen's like a huge pearl in the middle of the ocean, he's not only one of the best guitar players in the world, with guitar styles going to rock, blues, jazz fusion to pop and soul, (you can find alot of jazz/fusion lines on his solo work but also on the amazing band, Vertú) but hes also possesses a voice on par with some of the greatest rock/soul singers.
Kotzen uses Fender guitars , most notably his signature model Telecasters and Stratocasters, as well as other custom made models. Currently, there are two Richie Kotzen signature models, made by Fender Japan - SSTR-145RK) and TLR-155RK. Both guitars feature ash bodies with laminated flame maple caps, maple necks and one piece maple fretboards with abalone dot inlays and 22 super jumbo frets. The Telecaster model features a DiMarzio Chopper T pickup in the bridge position (single spaced humbucker) and a DiMarzio Twang King in the neck position. The Stratocaster is fitted with three custom made DiMarzio single coil pickups.
(1988) Gallery Closed
(1989) Richie Kotzen
(1990) Fever Dream
(1991) Electric Joy
(1994) Mother Head's Family Reunion
(1995) The Inner Galactic Fusion Experience
(1996) Wave Of Emotion
(1996) Times Gonna Tell (EP)
(1997) Something To Say
(1998) What Is...
(1999) Break It All Down
(1999) Bi-Polar Blues
(2003) Acoustic Cuts
(2004) Get Up
(2004) The Best Of Richie Kotzen
(2005) Ai Senshi Z×R (Music from the animation series Gundam)
(2006) Instrumental Collection: The Shrapnel Years
(2006) Into The Black
(2007) Go Faster/Return Of The Mother Head's Family Reunion
(2008) Live In São Paulo
(2009) Peace Sign
(1993) Native Tongue
(1994) Rats (backing vocals)
(1999) Get Over It
(2000) Deep Cuts
(2001) Actual Size
(2002) In Japan
(2004) Influences & Connections - Vol. 1
(1999) Vertú (project with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White)
(2005) Nothing to Lose
(2009) The Road
(1995) Tilt (with Greg Howe)
(1996) Sticky Wicked (with TM Stevens)
(1996) Ground Zero (with TM Stevens)
(1996) Only You (with TM Stevens)
(1997) Project (with Greg Howe)
(1999) Not So Innocent (with Jesse's Powertrip)
(2000) Mikazuki in Rock (with Mikazuki Tekkodan)
(2000) Submarine (with Gregg Bissonette)
(2003) All That I'd Be (with Steve Saluto)
(2004) Nowhere To Go (with Takayoshi Ohmura)
(2004) ***Hole (with Gene Simmons)
(2006) Rough Beat (with Steve Saluto)
(2006) Avalon (with Richie Zito)
(2006) Erotic Cakes (with Guthrie Govan)
(2007) Emotions in Motion (with Takayoshi Ohmura)
(2007) Live For Tomorrow (with Marco Mendoza)
(2010) Resurrection (with Steve Saluto)
(2010) You Can't Save Me - Remix (with Clarence Jey & Steve Mcleod)