Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen to release Better Days EP for Record Store Day

Smith/Kotzen will release the Better Days EP on 27 November on 12″ black vinyl in support of the Record Store Day Black Friday event. The EP features four previously unreleased tracks.

The Jeff Wolfe directed video for the title track Better Days, which was filmed at Mates studio in Los Angeles, and can be seen below.

“When Adrian came over to LA earlier this year, we got together and started throwing ideas around,” Richie told MetalTalk. “We very quickly came up with the new songs. Better Days almost seemed to write itself.

“It’s got a nice groove to it. Adrian came in with the riff, and we came up with a melody for the chorus together, pretty much working to the same formula we used when writing the Smith/Kotzen album, bouncing ideas off each other.”

Cover of Better Days from Smith/Kotzen

“Better Day’s is a song I’m really excited about,” Adrian says. “I think it’s slightly different to the songs on the Smith/Kotzen album – it’s kind of heavy but melodic. I’d played Richie the riff, and I was looking for a reaction, and I got one.

“Kind of like the old grey whistle test scenario. There was a spark, and we started building the song from there. I’d have an idea, then Richie would have an idea, and we’d go back and forth, like building blocks.”

The duo’s debut album charted top 20 in UK, Germany, US and Canada. Better Days EP can be ordered from


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

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