Jul 26th, 2022


BMG are delighted to announce a brand new CD release from Smith/Kotzen, ‘Better Days…And Nights’ comprising five previously unreleased live tracks, plus for the first time ever on CD, the four studio tracks featured on their sold out, limited edition 12” vinyl EP, Better Days, released in conjunction with Record Store Day in November 2021.  


Check out the video for lead track Hate and Love (Live) on YouTube

The full track-listing for ‘Better Days ...And Nights’ is: 

Better Days 
Got A Hold On Me 
Hate And Love 
Rise Again 

Hate and Love (Live) 
Got A Hold On Me (Live) 
Scars (Live) 
You Don’t Know Me (Live) 
Running (Live) 

The live songs were recorded during the band’s inaugural whistle-stop tour of the US & UK at the start of 2022, which attracted unanimously rave reviews from fans and media alike, celebrating the duo’s debut on stage together with stellar back-up from internationally acclaimed bassist Julia Lage and drummer Bruno Valerde.  Japan’s metal bible, Burrn! magazine reviewing the Whisky-A-Go-Go show in LA pronounced it : “ An amazing night….this rock n’ roll band is very different from any other…totally unique …and bringing you great songs!”. UK’s Classic Rock magazine said the show was a : “masterclass in guitar playing and performance”.

Adrian Smith comments, 

“I think everyone in the band was extremely happy with how our very first tour turned out. We were all naturally a little anxious as we’d never played live together before but once we got out there, everything fell into place really easily and we all had a tremendous amount of fun. I can’t wait until we can do it again and get to play in many more places next time round.” 

Richie Kotzen adds,  

“We spent a lot of time discussing which of the songs from the live show to include on this CD. We wanted to capture an accurate snapshot of the special vibe we all felt on the tour and I think we’ve achieved this in the songs we’ve selected, and hope our fans will agree. We’re looking forward to seeing everybody again on future tours.” 


Better Days….And Nights will be released globally on CD and Digital formats through BMG on 16th September 2022 -you cab pre-order the album here. The original EP tracks were produced by Richie Kotzen and Adrian Smith & mixed by Kevin Shirley. The live tracks were produced and mixed by Richie Kotzen & Adrian Smith. A live video for lead track Hate and Love was directed by Ryan Titley.