August 23, 2017
Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Michael Insuaste
The Dead Daisies
The Rise of The Dead Daisies
When a rock ‘n’ roll super group, The Dead Daisies, chooses to play only twelve dates in the USA, and they pick your city as one of those twelve, one would be a fool not to attend. In support of their latest CD Live & Louder, John Corabi and the boys successfully entertained a bunch of wise rockers on a Wednesday night in Big D. Guitarists Doug Aldrich and David Lowy, bassist Marco Mendoza, and drummer Brian Tichy are some of the best in the business, and to get to see this quintet on the brink of breaking it big was pretty damn cool.
The Dead Daisies performed outdoors and played mostly tracks from the recently released, aforementioned live CD, Make Some Noise and Revolucìon. Opening with “Long Way to Go,” the band followed the track list of the new CD to a point. “With You and I” and “Song and a Prayer” were two crowd pleasers as well, as most of the songs are well written, in your face, solid rock melodies, and the band performs them well live.
For a band that’s only been together for a few years, they really have their live act together. John Corabi (formerly of Mötley Crüe and The Scream) was the perfect host, chiding with the crowd about not being loud enough and mixing in comedy with the other musicians. During band intros, for example, he called out Marco Mendoza as being the latest spokesman for Taco Bell, and called Doug Aldrich “The Golden Boy” throughout the night, referencing his blond hair and golden Les Paul. The band did play a few cool songs that are not on the live CD, including “Devil Out of Time” and a few covers “Fortunate Son”, “We’re An American Band”, and “Helter Skelter”. The band closed the set with the ‘ballad’ “Mainline”, which is the fastest song on the set list and reminds one of Motorhead or Metallica, but clean.
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio, Raiding the Rock Vault, The Moby Dicks) is definitely one the hottest guitar players on the circuit, and tonight he flavored a few tracks with the 1970’s talk box (see Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton), which I haven’t seen him use before. Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Black Star Riders) kept the crowd pumped and did great on background vocals, even doing lead on “Born to Be Wild”. Drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, The Moby Dicks, Lynch Mob, and a host of others) is maybe the best rock drummer today and tonight he played a ten minute solo, half of it with his bare hands. Band leader and guitarist Dave Lowy is an also an accomplished businessman and aviator as well, and this time he has put together a great band to boot. In summary, this may be the greatest band you’ve maybe never heard of...yet. (wink, wink)