Frankfurt, 20 January 2020 ? For his 50th birthday, US guitarist Richie Kotzen is making two gifts: his new album ?50 For 50? will be published on 3 February 2020, his birthday. In the course of this, the multi-instrumentalist and singer also announces four concerts in Germany. Richie Kotzen will perform in the following cities in autumn 2020: in Cologne on 1 September 2020 at Gloria, in Hamburg on 3 September 2020 in Gruenspan, in Berlin on 4 September 2020 at the Columbia Theater and in Munich on 15 September 2020 at the Technikum. With Richie Kotzen, the ? Wunderkind on the guitar?, you never know what to expect, only one thing is certain: it is of high quality. On his new album ?50 For 50?, which will be released on his 50th birthday, February 3, 2020, he posted the following: ? I'm going to do something interesting on this record that I hope to achieve. I'm pretty excited about it.? And he is right, because on his 23rd (!) According to the occasion, solo albums are recorded and recorded on three CDs a total of 50 new songs, all written, recorded and recorded by the master in personal union. The fact that he does not focus on a style is not only in the nature of the matter, but also in his personality: Kotzen is a wanderer between the worlds, varies between soul, R&B, jazz, rock, funk and fusion without getting lost. Hardly any guitarist is so adept at songwriting that he supports with a voice that is unparalleled in its emotionality and intensity and with which he has been delighting his fans worldwide for over 30 years: in 1989, at the age of almost 20, the American released his first solo album. From 1991 to 1993 he played with the US rockers Poison, from 1999 to 2002 with the hard rockers Mr. Big. Kotzen's range is not only defined by rock, he is also at home in blues, rhythm and blues, funk, fusion and jazz. He combines these ingredients with his soulful voice, which is a little reminiscent of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell. Richie Kotzen is also for collaborations of any kind: in 1993 he plays on the Stevie Salas album ? The Electric Pow Wow? and 1996/97 on two albums by the funk rock bassist T. M. Stevens (? Sticky Wicked? And? Radioactive?). He also released two jazz blues rock fusion albums with Greg Howe (1995/97). In 1999, he released a jazz-prog-rock fusion album with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White under the name Verta. In 2006 he is also guest singer and songwriter on the album ? Rough Beat? (2010 under the title ? Resurrection? blues-funk-rock guitarist Steve Saluto. In 2009 the album was released under the project name Wilson Hawk with producer Richie Zito (among others Cher, Cheap Trick, Heart, Poison, Mr. Big) under the project name Wilson Hawk ? The Road? with RnB soul pop of the 60s and 70s. Since 2012, Richie Kotzen has played with drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream theater) and bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) in the rock trio The Winery Dogs (previously two albums). After their last tour in 2016, he consciously takes a break. His next work ? Salting Earth? released on April 14, 2017 and created during this break, the majority of the pieces are the work of the one-man production machine Richie Kotzen. Also ?50 For 50? is such a solo act: ? On tour I have looked through my archive, where I have collected ideas for the last 20 years. I made a list, there were more than 50. And I thought to myself: ? Let's see how many of them I can translate into songs.? Some of them already had the drums, others lacked individual stanzas, there were some without text and so on. When I got to 50 finished songs, I never wanted to put my foot in a studio again. But two days later I was back there and recorded a piece of my wife. I'm probably kind of a studio rat.? Nevertheless, Richie Kotzen still loves to be on stage, because that's where he feels most comfortable. And how better to celebrate your 50th birthday than with an album of 50 songs and a tour?