When everyone says Kotzen.....I must ask...which era??
Don't get me wrong.....I love Kotzen's playing....through all the years.
But his 1991 REH "Rock Chops" instructional video playing.....and his 1999 with Mr. Big playing are two different things.
Kotzen, like Paul Gilbert has said himself that his video for REH is simply "guitar masturbation" with no feel or soul...just fast licks.
When Kotzen joined Poison in 1993 for the Native Tongue album (possibly Poison's best album?? as Michael's voice never sounded better before (or after) , and the musicians were worried more about the music than hair and make-up.....he purposely through the Ibanez's in the closet, grabbed his trusty Fender Telecaster....and tried to purposely "be sloppy" on that album....in his own words "I was tired of wammy bars and speed licks, my technique was at its best, but it lacked so much feel.....I decided to go for more of a Jimmy Page thing".
Kotzen has never played like his "Rock Chops" era video since he recorded Native Toungue.
My point? I think Satch plays more legato stuff now than Kotzen.....but Kotzen has added some very tasty soul "slop" to his playing that Paul Gilbert just doesn't have.....I liked Kotzen better with Mr. Big than Gilbert.