RICHIE KOTZEN BIO
Touted as "one of the best guitar players in
the world, a voice on par with some of the greatest
rock/soul singers and creative songwriting, Richie
Kotzen has had an incredible journey in the world
of music. In 2006 as a solo artist, Kotzen was the
opening act for the legendary Rolling Stones A
Bigger Bang Tour in Japan.
It all started at the age of seven when Richie
learned to play the electric guitar in his hometown
of Reading, PA. He formed his first band at the age
of twelve and played live gigs around PA, Delaware
and New Jersey. When he turned eighteen he
headed West to San Francisco and recorded his first
album for Shrapnel Records. That year, Kotzen was
featured on several magazine covers including
Guitar World and was voted one of the Top 3 Best
New Guitarist's of The Year by it's readers.
After recording three albums for Shrapnel
Records, Kotzen moved to Los Angeles and just out
of his teens he joined the multi platinum glam metal
band POISON and started living the dream! He
recorded the cd Native Tongue with the band and
ventured on a world tour in support of the album.
His song Stand, reached #4 on MTV's Most Wanted
and was in the Top 20 in BILLBOARD MAGAZINE.
That record soon reached platinum status.
After POISION, Kotzen continued recording
albums on various labels including Geffen, Shrapnel
and JVC until 1999 when he was invited by jazz
legend Stanley Clarke to form the band VERTU. They
recorded a self titled album for SONY and spent the
summer in Europe playing the Montreux Jazz and
other festivals. "It was an honor and a great
experience to be in a band with Clarke and the
other members." States Richie.
Later that year Kotzen joined the immensely
popular rock band MR. BIG, who are known for their
#1 hit song To Be With You. In 1999, they played
the Osaka Dome in Japan with AEROSMITH for the
coveted Millennium Count Down.Kotzen wrote 2
studio records with MR BIG and had his first #1
single in Japan with a song called Shine.
Richie continues to make killer solo records and
tours around the world with superstar status in
several countries, playing stadiums, festivals, and
clubs. He has played with other well known
musicians like Gene Simmons from KISS, and Keanu
Reeves band DOGSTAR wherehe has made cameo
performances on stage, including Television
performances with the band on Jay Leno and Regis
and Kelly. Richie is always included in books,
magazines, and websites as one of the top
guitarist's in the world!
Kotzen is one of the few artists to be honored
by Fender Guitar with not one, but two signature
model guitars of which the Kotzen Telecaster guitar
has repeatedly been the #1 selling signature
model guitar for Fender Japan. Cornford
Amplification honored Kotzen with his own signature
series guitar amp RK100 which in 2005 was voted
AMP of The Year in the UK.
Kotzen has amassed a 30 plus album
discography and he is just getting warmed Up…
"Touring and making music is my life. It is all I
have ever done. I am very grateful to all the people
around the world who have made that possible"
Richie humbly says.
Richie resides in Los Angeles and enjoys
spending time with his daughter August. His
hobbies include basketball and playing poker. At
times you might catch him jamming with other music