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The Winery Dogs Discuss "Empire," from 'Hot Streak' | VIDEO

Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy explain how the song almost didn't make the cut.
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By Damian Fanelli

In this exclusive video, the Winery Dogs' Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy discuss "Empire," a track off their new album, Hot Streak.

As it turns out, "Empire" almost didn't make it onto the album. Find out the full story in the video below!

"We all had some down time this past January and decided to get together at my place to throw some ideas around," Kotzen told our sister site "Before we knew it, we had about 15 musical 'skeletons,' as I like to call them. I sat with them for a few months and out of nowhere started hearing melodies and lyrics.

"Then I sent them to the guys and said, 'Hey, I think we have a record here!' Everything was fresh from the very beginning. It’s a true representation of what we do together."

Hot Streak will be released October 2 via Loud And Proud Records. It's available now for pre-order at

In conjunction with the release of Hot Streak, the Winery Dogs will embark on their first-ever world tour. Stay tuned for those dates!

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